:: Cue the “doom” soundtrack :: We’re in the touchy-grabby-can’t-keep-my-hands-off-things-I’m-not-supposed-to-touch stage.
Which would explain why Petite is in love with the felt board in her classroom – and to encourage and support that I’m planning on making a felt Christmas tree for her at home. While standing in line to have my green felt cut I had a total light bulb moment! Why not make a giant felt turkey with feathers that could be taken on and off and on and off and… Your toddler/early preschooler will LOVE this!
I bought 1 yard of felt from a bolt – there were varying widths – get what works for you! This felt was $10.99/yard at Jo-Ann’s and I used the mobile 50% off coupon. I probably only used 3/4 of a yard.
Folded and flat, I loosely outlined the “plume” on one half. The dark brown felt for the body is laid out so I could see how much space his body would take up and how tall he would be. There is an exact scientific formula to explain how I decided how big everything should be. But it’s a secret. (Kidding. Totally freehanded/eyeballed it.) Then cut that plumage out. ( I didn’t think “plumage” was a word – but there is no red dotted line under it… so…)
Voila! Without the body, it’s like you’re looking at him from behind! I went back and shaped some of the “tufts” a little nicer.
The brown felt was in the kid’s crafts section and is sold as individual sheets. It’s also what the feathers are made out of. Jo-Ann’s had the felt squares for $0.39 each and at HobLob they are 4/$1.00.
Trace a body shape. Ish. More exact science, man.
Cut. It. Out. He’s a little wobbly. He looks homemade. I’m good with it. Glue the body down with felt glue. Hot glue works, too. I had felt glue in my teacher stash. White school glue does not love felt. It soaks in and gets gross. Trust me on this one.
Then cut out the feathers! Again, I used the felt sheets that are about the size of a regular piece of printer paper. Because Petite is still working on fine motor skills I wanted the feathers to be big but not unwieldy. I got three feathers out of each sheet of felt.
It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving turkey without some sequins, right? Oh? Just in my house? Regardless, feel free to embellish and decorate. Two gold sequins for the eyes. A piece of scrap felt for the beak. A chunky gold necklace and a smattering of gold sequins. ($10 says Petite will pull them off. Meh. It’s expected. She’s my mini-magpie.)
I snipped the feathers a little for style points. You could totally do without. It would be neat to make the feathers say something that your family is thankful for on them.
The only wall space I have for our felt turkey is in my entry – but its a great space for us. I literally tapped the thing to the wall with duck tape. I’ve seen people hot glue it, use velcro, push pins, command strips… I had duck tape.
I love how he peeks in the mirror through the other Thanksgiving stuff on my entry table. It’s the little things, right?
Petite came down from her nap to find him waiting… I think she likes him!
All the feathers are off! It took about 3 seconds.
(telling me all about it…)
Putting the feathers back on…
…and she found the sequins.
Feathers obviously go on Petite’s head. Didn’t you know?
I asked her if she LOVED her turkey. I think the answer is yes!
I’ll be working on the Christmas Tree over the next week and will post it soon!