Sunday, October 24, 2010

{Ribbon Works} Turkey Hair Clip Tutorial

I know Halloween isnt even over yet.. but there has been sooo many wonderful Halloween projects posted lately by all of blogland! lol So I was in the mood for thanksgiving (heck, who am I kidding.. I ready for CHRISTMAS already! I even have a Christmas wall decor Freebie post all ready just waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to post!) How ever.. I wont go THAT far into the end of the year! So I figured for now, a fun tutorial perfect for Thanksgiving would be in order. 

Ive started a new line called Ribbon Works, by Agape Love Designs. Ribbon Works will be all my fun creations made from ribbon, that are not your normal flower or bow hair clip (for example like my ribbon cupcake)! Im excited for it. And Ive been experimenting with new things to create. And today Im going to share with you a tutorial on how to make a turkey hair clip. :)
I also have this little guy for sale in my shop {here} in case you are not a crafty diva and don't want to invest in the time and supplies it takes to make him. :)

Isnt he just adorable!! :) Im so loving him. 
Well onto the supplies:
Ribbon in the following colors: Brown, Yellow, Red, Green, Orange.
Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
Alligator  Clip
And (not pictured) Googly eyes

So youre going to start by cutting 6 pieces of the brown ribbon. Sorry I didnt get any measurements.. I dont ever do measurements... though Im sure it would be easier! LOL I just play it by eye.. and go.
Anyways... you will have 3 different sizes.. as you see in the picture below. Two of the smallest size, three of the medium size, and one of the large size.
Take each of the strips and use your hot glue gun to create a ring shape.
Here are all 6 in their ring shape.
Next you will use one medium size ring, and both of the small rings:
Use hot glue around the edge of one of the small rings:
Stick it to the inside of the medium ring, like so:
Do the same thing with the other side. So you have the 3 rings connected as shown below:
After that you will do the exact same thing with the one large ring and the last two medium rings. So that you have two of the same shapes, one small and one big. The big one will be the turkey body, and the small one will be the turkey head!
Next thing you want to do, is line your alligator clip with the orange ribbon. This ribbon I used is a little smaller that the rest of the ribbon used.. Id prefer the same kind, but I ran out and used this one. It still works good.
Anyways.. if you dont know how to line a clip, its simple.. I just used my hot glue gun and followed the line of the clip. :)
After that you will need, all the same size, (again no measurements but you can get an idea of the size next to the clip) two strips of red, two strips of green, and one strip of yellow ribbon.
Fold and glue:
Do this to each strip:
Now you will start with the top "feather" use the hot glue gun to  place the yellow "feather" onto the alligator clip.
And continue on with the green...
And red.
Now you will take the turkey body and glue it on top of where the red :feathers" are.
Its starting to come together.. already looking so cute!
Now we will move onto the turkey's facial features. The gobble (as I call it.. not sure if thats what it is really called. LOL) is the little red dangly thing by his beak. For that, you will cut a strip of the red ribbon. Then cut that strip in half, long ways. You may want to use a lighter or something to "heat treat" the ribbon to prevent fraying.
Take one of the halves and fold and glue it like shown:
After that.. cut a triangle shape from the orange ribbon (again heat treating to prevent fraying), to use for the beak. Then glue them to the face!
Then bring him to life with some googly eyes!!
And lastly, glue the head down to the clip above his little body! And you have your own cute little turkey hair clip!! Another idea..would be to attach him to a pin back instead. He could be a little brooch to wear on anything to sport your holiday spirit! :)
Look how sweet he looks, modeled by my precious daughter, Kiah.

Definitely a conversation starter! And a fun way to accessorize for turkey day! :) Hope you enjoy!!
I will be linking up to some amazing Parties, be sure to check them out for other fun ideas!



  1. Love it Maria, i saw one on Etsy last year and wanted it so bad! SOOO CUTE! I just hadn't decided if a 24 yr. old could pull it off... what the heck i'll probably try anyway! :)

  2. :) Good Im so glad you will try it!! Let me know how it goes when/if you do!! :) It really is pretty simple, just takes some time and patience.

  3. This is simply adorable!!!!! I will be making one for my 10 year old daughter and my {almost} 2 year old niece for Thanksgiving!!!! Thanks so much. New follower :D

  4. Adorable! I just got my girls some adorable shirts for Thanksgiving...they definitely need these to go with the shirts:) thanks for sharing!

  5. Maria, How adorable! Great tutorial - thanks for sharing. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured thison my first round of showcases; please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  6. Oh thats awesome! Thanks so much Lynn!!

  7. Maria, thanks for the tutorial... Just wondering the width of the ribbon you used!!

  8. So awesome that I found this, my favorite holiday is thanksgiving and I plan on using this to make my daughter one this year:)
    Thanks so much, xo

  9. Cute turkey hair clip!!!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! I may make one for my little girl. I'd love for you to share this at my link party Submarine Sunday. It's open until Friday @ 11:59pm. I hope you'll stop by!


  10. My daughter wishes I would make her these. I am featuring this at

  11. great tutorial. thanks i cant wait to make these.


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