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    Easy Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Craft DIY For Your Door Skip to Content

    Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Craft Tutorial

    Don’t Skip Thanksgiving! Decorate your door with this easy Tulle Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft! Your guests will love seeing this Thanksgiving Wreath on your Door decor!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    This article originally published Nov 22, 2016. It has been updated for your convenience. 

    Why is it that Thanksgiving Decor is so difficult to find? Sure, you can find Halloween items as early as the end of July! And you can easily craft our Witch Hat Headband almost year-round! But come September all the Christmas decor hits the stores and not a single item for Thanksgiving!

    We are firm believers in not skipping Thanksgiving. While it is really hard to find fun Thanksgiving Decor items, I do what I can to help make our home festive for Thanksgiving. Like this simple Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft!

    We do a lot of last-minute crafts in our home. Especially when I spend months looking for new Thanksgiving decorations only to come up disappointed.

    So that just means I have to make them myself! Thus, the last-minute Thanksgiving crafts you get to enjoy!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Our Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft is one I have been planning on making for years! And I do mean years. I had the idea and desire to make one right after I made our first Christmas Tulle Wreath!

    But since it was December, I figured I was way out of season. And then I revisited the idea when I made our very popular Halloween Tulle Wreath.

    But at that time, sickness hit our home and we didn’t emerge until after Thanksgiving…AGAIN!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Good grief! I was starting to feel like I was never going to get my Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft!

    But this year, I said ENOUGH! I’m going to get my Thanksgiving turkey wreath!

    And hey, it may be cutting it really close, but it happened the day before Thanksgiving! So obviously, that didn’t give much time for everyone else to make one in time for Thanksgiving.

    But this year you have plenty of time to make your own Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Our little Turkey only spent a few short days on our front door that first year. But he kept nicely in storage. And now he will be hitting my front door again come November 1st!

    So let’s show just how easy this Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft is!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Tulle Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath Craft

    I call it a 2-day craft, simply because you have to allow some paint to dry. And I can only snag a few hours away from Miss Rose at a time while she naps.

    But the acrylic paint only takes about an hour to dry. So really, if you don’t have a baby underfoot, you can get it all done in one day.

    Watch our Video Tutorial here!!!
    You can also catch it on Youtube.

    Supplies:

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    I regularly purchase my craft supplies from Walmart, Michaels, and Amazon.

    Step 1: Paint 

    The first thing to do is to get the styrofoam pieces painted. The larger round ball, cone, and small round balls.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Use the maple syrup acrylic paint to paint the large round ball. This will be the Turkey’s head.

    Since it is styrofoam you can’t really brush like a normal painting. Its texture is too rough. Simply dab it around and work to make the painting even.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Since it is circular, add toothpicks into the base to create a stand where the ball can dry without resting on a surface.

    Paint the Cone with the Lemon Custard acrylic paint. Again create a base with toothpicks so it can stand and dry.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Finally, using the black acrylic paint, you will paint just a small area in the front of each of the smaller circles. These will be the pupils of the eyeballs.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    I had an extra cone around, so I inserted one toothpick into the back of each eye and inserted it into the spare cone to give the eyes a spot to dry.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Allow a minimum of 1 hour to dry. Check to ensure each item is completely dry and not tacky to the touch before moving on.

    Step 2: Cutting the Tulle

    This can be a very tedious process. But there is a trick to cutting up the tulle. Decide how fluffy you want your “feathers” to be. You need tulle long enough to tie around the wreath, but short enough to fluff out after being tied.

    You can usually do well with tulle between 16-20″ in length. Try different pieces and decide which length you like best once it is tied on.

    When you know the length of the tulle you want, cut out a strip of cardboard with a box cutter from a spare shipping box.

    Wrap the tulle around the length of the cardboard, over and over again. You will count until you have about 30 strips (not complete circles) wound around the cardboard.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Use the scissors and trim off the spool. Then cut at the opposite ends of the cardboard. You just cut 30 strips of tulle in less than 5 minutes!

    I used 30 strips of yellow, orange and brown tulle. But because I wanted to start and end with Red, I used 35 strips of red tulle.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    HUGE time saver! If you need help, watch our video tutorial above to see how it is done.

    Step 3: Wrap The Yarn

    I used to say tying all the tulle in place took the longest when doing a tulle wreath. But I take it back! Wrapping yarn around a wreath is much more time-consuming! So, get comfortable for this next step.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Lay the wreath flat. Estimate how much of the Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft you want to show as the “chest” or underside of your turkey. Mark it with a pen.

    I aimed for slightly less than 1/3 of the circle.

    Then secure the end of the yard on one end with hot glue.

    Wrap the yarn around the wreath. Keep the yarn taut as you go to ensure a smooth wrapping.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    When you reach your 2nd mark, trim the yard and secure the end with more hot glue.

    Step 4: Tie the Tulle

    Decide which pattern of colors you want your tulle to have on your Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath. I decided to go in a Red, Yellow, Orange, Brown pattern.

    Layout the tulle strips in the color pattern of your choice.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Begin tying the tulle onto the wreath. Start at one end of the yarn and work your way around the wreath to cover the area where the styrofoam is still visible.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Tie on five strips of each color. Then tie on 5 strips of the next color. And repeat this process until you are out of tulle or you are all the way around to the other end of the yarn.

    Once you have all the tulle strips attached, adjust the “tightness” of the colors around the wreath. If one batch of red appears a little squished, adjust the other tulle around it to give it a little more room.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Then fluff all the tulle ends to give the look of fluffy feathers.

    Step 5: Attach the Head

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Insert 1-2 toothpicks into the base of the round ball you painted brown.

    Add a little hot glue on the base of the styrofoam ball near the toothpicks.

    Insert the toothpicks into the wreath in the center of the yarn section.

    Push until the toothpicks are fully submerged into the wreath and the turkey head is solid against the yarn. The glue should help secure the head to the wreath.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Using the turkey beak cone as a size gauge, cut a strip of red foam that is the same width as the cone, but double the length. This will be the Snood of the Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath.

    Cut a Snood shape out of the red foam sheet. I free-handed the cutting.

    Place hot glue on the tip of the back of the Snood and then attach it to the center of the turkey head. You can place it at an angle if you so desire.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Insert a toothpick into the center of the back of the Turkey Beak. Add Hot Glue to the base around the toothpick.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Insert the toothpick through the top of the snood and into the turkey head.

    Push until the turkey beak is securely attached to the head. It will overlap the snood.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door
    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Now add 2 toothpicks to the head where you want the eyes placed.

    Attach the eyes to the toothpicks to ensure they look right. If not adjust the toothpicks or the eyes on the toothpicks.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Once you get the eyes right, then add hot glue to the bottom of the eyes and reattach to the toothpicks to glue them into place.

    Step 6: Hang

    Create a “hanger” from more tulle. Decide which patch of tulle is directly center above the turkey head and cut a length of tulle.

    Work attaching the tulle in the middle of the patch of tulle that matches the color.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Create a hook with the tulle. Secure both ends and work it to the back of the tulle.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Now you have a hook that isn’t obviously visible.

    Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft

    Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft

    Don’t Skip Thanksgiving! Decorate your door with this easy Tulle Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath craft! Your guests will love seeing this Thanksgiving Wreath on your Door decor!

    Prep Time 20 minutes
    Active Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

    Materials

    • Foam wreath. You can pick any size you want. I went small.
    • FolkArt outdoor acrylic Paint – Maple Syrup, Lemon Custard yellow, Licorice black
    • Styrofoam ball medium for the turkey head
    • Styrofoam cone small for the turkey beak
    • Two Small styrofoam balls for the eyes
    • 1 red craft foam sheet
    • 1 skeen Brown Yarn
    • 25 yards Red Tulle
    • 25 yards Orange Tulle
    • 25 yards Brown Tulle
    • 25 yards Yellow Tulle

    Tools

    • Glue gun
    • Fabric Scissors
    • Hot Glue
    • Cardboard
    • Foam Paint Brushes
    • Toothpicks

    Instructions

    1. Paint Styrofoam pieces.
    2. Paint circle brown for the head
    3. Paint the Cone yellow for the beak
    4. Add black circles to the small round balls for eyes
    5. Measure out and cut Tulle to length. Watch the video for the trick to make this quick and easy. You'll want 30 strips of yellow, orange and brown tulle and 35 Strips Red tulle.
    6. Measure 1/3 of the wreath for the "chest" - mark wreath
    7. Hot glue the yard in place starting on the measured portion
    8. Continue to wrap tightly until the entire "chest" area is covered with brown yarn. Trim and secure end with hot glue
    9. Layout the tulle strips in the color pattern of your choice.
    10. Tie on five strips of Red. Then tie on 5 strips of the next color. And repeat this process until you are out of tulle or you are all the way around to the other end of the yarn.
    11. Insert 1-2 toothpicks into the base of the round ball you painted brown. Add a little hot glue on the base of the styrofoam ball near the toothpicks. Insert the toothpicks into the wreath in the center of the yarn section. Push until the toothpicks are fully submerged into the wreath and the turkey head is solid against the yarn.
    12. Cut a Snood shape out of the red foam sheet. I free-handed the cutting.
    13. Place hot glue on the tip of the back of the Snood and then attach it to the center of the turkey head.
    14. Insert a toothpick into the center of the back of the Turkey Beak. Add Hot Glue to the base around the toothpick. Insert the toothpick through the top of the snood and into the turkey head. Push until the turkey beak is securely attached to the head
    15. Attach the eyes to the toothpicks and secure with hot glue
    16. Create a “hanger” from more tulle
    17. Hang your Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath on your door and enjoy!

    Notes

    Active time may vary based on Skill level and speed in which you can tie or wrap the yarn.

    I like to start with the painting so that the pieces are all dry by the time I have the tulle and yard wrapped around the wreath.

    Hang your Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath on your door and enjoy!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    I’ve been asked many times how I hang my wreaths on my door.

    I’ve tried those crazy  “over the door Hooks”. Yes, they work. But they don’t always get the wreath to hand where I want it to hang. Plus sometimes if your door jam is too tight, it won’t close properly with an “over the door” hanger.

    What I have been using recently has been working brilliantly! I purchase a few 3M Outdoor Command Hooks. You definitely want the OUTDOOR version because they last much longer to the outdoor elements than the regular command hooks.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    I stick one on my front door and hang my wreaths. That’s it!

    If I want to change how my wreath hangs, I can easily remove the hook without any damage to my door. I love them!

    But no matter how you hang your Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath, one thing will definitely be the same!

    You will for certain get a lot of comments on your new awesome Thanksgiving Turkey Wreath!

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    It’s a great conversation starter and will make your home quite festive for the Thanksgiving season!

    So don’t skip decorating for Thanksgiving anymore!

    And be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook so I can see how it turned out!

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    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

    Check out our other easy Last Minute Thanksgiving Crafts! We have great ideas to help keep the kids happy while they are waiting for the turkey to be ready to devour! Like a fun Apple Turkey Craft (snack time included) or a simple Clay Pot Turkey Craft!

    DIY Clay Pot Turkey Craft for kids, Great Last minute Thanksgiving Craft

    And don’t make your turkey cringe, be sure to use our Turkey Brine recipe, so you can have the juiciest Turkey you have ever tasted!

    Autumn is also when all the Babies begin to arrive! At least among my acquaintances. So be prepared for your next baby shower with an Adorable Gender Neutral Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake.

    DIY Turkey Tulle Wreath Best Thanksgiving Wreath for your door

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