In the past, I have never really decorated for the holidays. This year, I decided to decorate for all of the holidays. Unfortunately, I don’t have the budget to buy all of the lovely decorations available in the store. So, I set about making my own.
The first decoration I made was my Halloween wreath. In doing so, I created a basic wreath that I can modify as the seasons/holidays change. Once Halloween was over, I removed all of my Halloween decorations, and turned it into a fun Thanksgiving wreath.
One of my favorite parts of making this wreath is that the kids can help. Older kids can help with every part of this wreath, but even if you have young kids, they can help you glue the turkey together (if you use craft glue instead of hot glue) or stick the leaves together with double-sided tape.
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If you made the Halloween wreath, you can use the same yarn-wrapped wreath from for this wreath. You just need to update the decorations.
- Styrofoam wreath form
TIP: The wreath form is the most expensive item in this project ($8 – $10). If you check online or in your local paper, you should be able to find a coupon for 40% to 50% off one item at your local craft store. Be sure to use it on the wreath form.
TIP: Choose a color that can be used for other holidays. I attached my decorations to the wreath using pins so that I can remove them and replace them with as the seasons/holidays change. This will save me money and storage space!
- Clear jewelry filament or fishing line
- Dark brown and light brown stiff craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
- Green, red and gold (or yellow) craft felt (sold in sheets or packs)
- Inexpensive ($1 or less) decorations (I used two packs of paper/wire leaves that I found in the floral section at Dollar Tree.)
- Straight pins (t-pins or ball-head) or flat-head thumb tacks
- White craft glue or a hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Wide ribbon for hanging
- Pinking Shears (optional)
If you made the Halloween wreath, remove the Halloween decorations, and skip to the section on attaching the leaves.
Wrap the wreath with yarn
- When beginning the wreath, you can secure the end of the yarn to the wreath with glue or a pin, or you can wrap yarn over the end. I chose to wrap the yarn over the end to secure it.
- Be sure to push the yarn together as you go to avoid large gaps where the wreath form shows through.
Attach the leaves and ribbon
- Pin your leaves around the wreath, and then use double-sided craft tape to secure them together.
- Determine the length of ribbon needed to hang your wreath. I attached mine to the top of my front door. However, the length will vary if you are hanging yours from a hook, on a window or indoors.
- Attach the ribbon to the wreath using straight pins or t-pins placed on the back of the wreath.
Make the turkey and attach it to the wreath
The size of the turkey will depend on the size of your wreath.
I cut my pieces free-hand, and you can do it, too! However, if you don’t want to make your own turkey, I’ve seen lots of craft or felt turkeys in the dollar bins at my local big box and craft stores.
- Using pinking shears (or regular scissors), cut the back tail feather (the piece to which all other pieces will be glued) out of dark brown stiff craft felt.
- Cut a round body and “bowling-pin” shaped neck/head out of light brown stiff craft felt.
- Cut feathers out of the green, red and gold (yellow) craft felt.
- Cut the beak and legs out of gold craft felt.
- Cut the waddle out of red craft felt.
- Punch a hole in the top of the dark brown stiff craft felt through which you will thread the filament for hanging. (When you place a feather over this area, glue it down up to the hole, but not over it.)
- Glue all of the pieces together.
- Thread one end of your clear filament through the hole in the dark brown stiff craft felt of the turkey.
- Center your decoration in the middle of the wreath, and then twist the other end of the filament around the pins used to secure your ribbon on the back of the wreath. Tie a knot in the end of the filament so that it doesn’t slip