Re-purpose plastic bags to create this adorable Turkey and Pumpkin Thanksgiving Garland DIY craft project!
Turkey and Pumpkin Thanksgiving Garland
Fishing Line (optional)
Brown Yarn -Used Red Heart in Chocolate
Plastic Shopping Bags -3 per turkey
2″ brown pom pom
yellow pipe cleaners -2 per turkey
Feathers -Used Touch of Nature brand Feathers (3-4″ in length)
Google Eyes (optional, I did not use)
Orange yarn -Red Heart in Carrot was used
Green Pipe Cleaner -1 per pumpkin
1-Flatten (as best as you can) three plastic shopping bags and stack them on top of each other. Roll them into a ball. Begin by grabbing the corners and folding them to the centre, continue and squeeze tightly into a ball. Removing the air as you squeeze. Use masking tape to make the ball stay together and remain solid.
2-Wrap your plastic ball with brown yarn. Switch directions repeatedly and cover the entire ball. Trim end and tuck into ball.
3-To insert feathers, make sure you position your ball to follow the image shown. If your yarn is going up and down, you’ll have to hot glue your feathers onto the ball, otherwise you can tuck them into the yarn as shown. Set aside.
4-Cut 2 small triangles out of yellow felt to make a beak. Cut one “gobbler” out of red felt for the face. Using hot glue, glue them onto your 2″ brown pompom. Set aside.
5-To make Legs, fold one yellow pipe cleaner in half and twist it about 1/3 of the way down. Create a three prong “foot” with the remaining loop. Twist each prong to hold the foot together. Set aside.
6-Attach the head to the body, with hot glue.
7-Attach the legs by sliding them into the yarn, hot glue if desired.
8-Slide a loop of fishing line into the top of the turkey, use this to attach it to your twine for your garland.
1-Cut two 12″ pieces of orange yarn and set aside.
2-Using your orange yarn, wrap it around your four fingers 150 times.
3-Slide a cut piece of yarn between your fingers and the loops. Remove the yarn from your hand and tie it tightly together. Double knot it.
4-Flip over your pumpkin and tie it on the other side, pulling tightly. Tuck the ends in to create a pumpkin!
5-Attach the green pipe cleaner stem by placing it on the centre of the pumpkin and tying it tightly with the tail. Trim the tail or use to hang.
6-Roll the pipe cleaner down and around to create a stem. Attach fishing line if desired to hang.
I tie my turkeys and pumpkins first and slide them onto the garland before hanging so that I can position them to my liking.
Check out the video for visuals of the project!
Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!