Sunday, October 24, 2010

{Ribbon Works} Turkey Hair Clip Tutorial

Hello friends, I am excited to tell you about a new line of hair creations I have been working on. I've decided to name these Ribbon Works by Agape Love Designs. Ribbon Works are not your typical flower or bow hair clips, instead these are fun objects made from ribbon - like my Ribbon Cupcake. I have recently been experimenting with new things to create with ribbon. SO with Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am excited to share with you a tutorial for this super cute Ribbon Turkey Hair Clip! Isnt he just adorable!? I am so loving him, and I bet your daughter, niece or grand daughter will too!

To create this hair clip design, here is what you will need:
- Thin Ribbon in the following colors: Brown, Yellow, Red, Green, Orange.
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
- Googly eyes (not pictured)
Step 1: You're going to start by cutting 6 pieces of brown ribbon. Sorry I didnt get measurements, I know I should have, But I just sort of eye-balled it. But you will need 3 different sizes, as shown. One Largest strip, 3 medium strips, and 2 small strips.

Step 2: Using your glue gun, create a ring shape with each strip.

Step 3: You will create the head of the turkey using 1 medium size ring, and both of the small rings. Apply hot glue to the edge of one of the small rings, then stick it inside the medium ring. Do the same thing to the other side, so you have 3 rings that are connected (the smaller rings on either side on the medium ring).

Repeat: these steps to create the body of the turkey, using the remaining rings (the largest ring and 2 medium rings).

Step 4: Line the alligator clip with the orange ribbon. This ribbon I used it a little smaller than the rest. I'd prefer it to be the same width as the rest, but I had ran out! 

Step 5: Cut out 2 strips all the same size of red & green ribbon, and 1 yellow. (Again, no measurements, but you can get an idea of the size, compared to the clip.

Step 6: Fold and glue each strip, as shown, to create the turkey feathers.

Step 7: Now you will start applying the features to the hair clip. Apply it to the end of the clip (the part that opens up - not the part you pinch to open the clip). Start with yellow, and so on.

Step 8: Using your glue gun, now apply the body to the bottom of the feathers.

As you can see, its starting to come together, and already looking so cute!

Step 9: Now we will move on to the Turkey's facial features! The gobble (as I call it - not sure the technical term for it) is the red dangling thing by its beak. To create that, simply cut another strip of red ribbon, and then cut it in half long ways. You may want to use a lighter to "heat treat" the ribbing to prevent any fraying.

Step 10: Take just one of the halves and fold and glue it as shown.

Step 11: 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!

Step 12: Bring that turkey to LIFE with some googly eyes!!

Complete: Glue the head to the clip atop the body, and you have finished your cute little creation!!

If you love the idea of this little guy, but feel too mature to wear in your hair, another idea would be to attach him to a pin back instead! Then he could be worn as little brooch to show your holiday spirit! :)

Look how sweet he looks, modeled by my precious daughter, Kiah.
I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and found it helpful. Weather you wear this little guy in your hair or as a brooch, he is definitely a fun way to accessorize for Turkey day! 

Much Love & Hugs,
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  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. Maria, thanks for the tutorial... Just wondering the width of the ribbon you used!!

  7. 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

  8. 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!


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

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


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