Saturday, December 3, 2011

Check The Turkey – She’s Done!

Who’s the Turkey?  That’s me!  I’m done.  Seriously.  I’m just about to give up on Martha because the crafts get more ridiculous by the day! 

With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to do some special decorations since we would be hosting ten adults and two children (Peaches McGee included of course!) for dinner.  I completed a paper ribbon loop wreath which I’ll discuss below.  I was then going to do a pine cone craft from "Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration," but I didn't find enough “good” pine cones (I thought I lived in the Evergreen State for God’s sake), so I had to refer to “Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts.” 

My sister-in-law and her hunky boyfriend were in town for the holiday and were at my house when I was flipping through the book.  Hunky boyfriend peeked over my shoulder and asked me if I was going to make the turkey pom-poms.  Trying to embody the relaxed, crafty lady that I aspire to be, I said, “Sure! That looks great.”  After all, they looked super cute, and of course I could make ten within a day and a half.


Holy God… I haven’t stayed up as late as I did the night before Thanksgiving since pre-Peaches McGee. 

I thought about putting together a tutorial on making them, but I urge, no DEMAND that you, “DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS PROJECT.”  They are cute, but they are ridiculously tedious to make and if you would like to make more than one, well then you’re in trouble.  I took some shortcuts just so that I was able to complete them before Christmas.  Besides, true to Martha Stewart fashion, you don’t even need to buy a book in order to get the instructions, you can just click ‘here’.  

Here are a couple pictures of the turkeys in action...

Now that I’ve gone over that project, let’s move on to something I found on Pinterest (that site is so addicting!).

I pinned it during my whole wreath obsession (I’m not exaggerating when I say that I have more than ten that I want to create at some point).  I had all the supplies on hand and I wanted to make something “festive” for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

After completing it, I unfortunately removed it from the board, so I no longer have it for reference.  However, I tweaked the instructions, so I’ll just give you my own tutorial…


  • 7 different coordinating patterns of 12” x 12” scrapbook paper (2 of each pattern for a total of 14 sheets)
  • Foam wreath
  • Package of dressmaker pins
  • Ribbon for hanging (I used two different colors, one yard a piece and then cut those in half for a total of 4 pieces)

7 different patterns of paper that I chose

Foam wreath - I got this one at the dollar store (hooray!)

First row of paper ribbon loops (view from the front), plus the hammer I used to  push in the dressmaker pins (in middle of wreath)

First row of paper ribbon loops (view from the backside)

Completed Project

  1. Cut each piece of paper into 1” x 4” strips (I used a paper cutter to make it a little easier)
  2. Sort them into the pattern you would like them to appear on the wreath
  3. Fold each one in half and then fasten it to the wreath with a dressmaker pin
  4. Move in a circle around the wreath, overlapping each piece
  5. Continue until the wreath is covered
  6. Attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath using the dressmaker pins and tie a bow. 

    This would be an easy project to do for all of the seasons!

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