Don’t you need this Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath for your front door? His Deco Mesh “feathers” are just so fun and colorful – it’s no wonder that he’s one happy looking turkey. Patty Schaffer designed this Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath, and we debated about the top hat. Should he wear a hat or not? What do you think? If you make just one Thanksgiving craft or decoration this year, make it this one.
To make a Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 6” ball
- 2-5/16” x 3” egg
- 12” wreath
- Deco Mesh, 10” wide: Two-tone brown gold; two-tone yellow gold; chocolate brown; orange; apple green. (You’ll have some leftover)
- Wire, 20 gauge
- Feather picks, three (in the floral department)
- Wiggle eyes, two 15mm
- Felt: Black, and scraps of red and gold
- Cardstock, small scrap of black
- Yarn for the head and body; here’s what Patty used:
- Decorative trim for collar
- Wooden bamboo skewer
- Double-sided tape
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; wire cutters; straight pins; serrated knife; bar of soap or old candle
To make a Deco Mesh Turkey Wreath:
1. Cut Deco Mesh into 7” wide strips. You will need about 15 – 20 strips of each color. The final number will depend on you space them on the wreath. Cut the wire into 75 – 100, 3” lengths (one for each strip of Deco Mesh).
2. Roll a mesh strip into a tube shape. Fold in half and pinch at the center, making a “V’ shape. Secure with a wire, twisting to hold the tube tight. Repeat for each Deco Mesh strip.
3. Insert the wire ends into the wreath. Continue adding strips in alternating colors till the wreath is covered. Leave a small area bare at the bottom of the wreath for the turkey’s body.
4. Wax the serrated knife with a bar of soap or old candle. Cut a small slice from the back of the 6” ball.
5. Wrap double-sided tape around the front and sides of the ball. Wrap the Inlay yarn around the body, overlapping with each pass. The double-sided tape should hold it securely to the body.
6. Center and insert a 3” length of the wooden skewer into the bare spot on the wreath. Push the foam ball body onto the skewer. Remove the ball, add glue between the pieces, and push the ball back onto the skewer and against the wreath. Hold a few moments until the glue sets up.
7. Insert the three feather picks into the back of the body, with one centered and one at each side.
8. Cut a slice on an angle from the narrow end of the egg, so the head will fit snugly against the body.
9. Wrap double-sided tape around the egg. Wrap the Champagne yarn around the head, overlapping with each pass.
10. Insert a 3” length of the wooden skewer into the body where the head will go. Push the egg onto the skewer. Remove the egg, add glue between the pieces, and push the head back onto the skewer and against the body. Hold a few moments until the glue sets up.
11. Add the decorative trim around the neck, securing in place with a few pins.
12. Cut a beak from the gold felt and a snood from the red felt. Glue to the turkey’s face.
13. Cut black eyelashes from black cardstock. Attach to the back of each wiggle eye. Give the lashes a slight curl. Glue the wiggle eyes to the face.
14. Make a top hat from the black felt and glue to the turkey’s head.
I think he’s sort of “glavish”, a cross between glamorous and lavish. His sparkling sequins and real feathers, combined with the big, bold Deco Mesh tail, definitely make him “glavish.” And fun. Hang him on your door and your neighbors are going to want one, too.
I’m ready to switch gears now to holiday crafts and decorating. I am excited about the upcoming features on Crafts ‘n Coffee, like this little guy who will be joining us soon. The Christmas crafting season starts tomorrow on Crafts ‘n Coffee, so I’ll see you then.