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Thanksgiving Favors – Make a Ribbon Turkey

Whenever we have a big family meal, we have a tradition of giving little gifts or trinkets to everyone – so I am always on the lookout for cute ideas that are easy to make, but that will bring a smile to everyone’s face.  This little ribbon turkey can be finished with a pin back or made into a magnet – so you have something to suit everyone’s tastes.

Thanksgiving Favors - Make a Ribbon Turkey

Draw the turkey body onto felt and cut it out.  Glue to the back of burlap paper and cut again.  Ink the edges with brown ink.

Thanksgiving Favors - Make a Ribbon Turkey

To make the turkey face, use two black adhesive pearls for the eyes.  To make the beak, use orange chevron ribbon, and coat with Fray-Stoppa.  After this is dry, then trim to the size of the beak.

Thanksgiving Favors - Make a Ribbon Turkey

To make the turkey’s wattle (the red jiggly thing on his neck – and yes, I had to look up what it was called!), cut one dark red leaf and adhere to the body, and then add the beak on top of this.

Thanksgiving Favors - Make a Ribbon Turkey

For the turkey feathers, cut 15-20 pieces of ribbon, about 1.5” long each.  Start gluing at the top of the turkey’s head, and alternate adding feathers to the right and the left.

Thanksgiving Favors - Make a Ribbon Turkey

Add a pin back or magnet to the back to finish. 

Thanksgiving Favors - Make a Ribbon Turkey

By Gini Williams Cagle



Partners in Craft Supplies Used:


  • DCWV The Burlap Paper Stack


Other Supplies Used:


  • Helmar Fabric Glue, Fray Stoppa
  • Felt
  • Adhesive Pearls


Products Referenced in This Post

  1. Beverly Jordan

    What a clever way to make a turkey! Love it!

  2. Michelle Johnson

    This is adorable. Thank you for the pics and how to. 🙂

  3. barbara macaskill

    How cute! TFS!


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