11.18.2013

::DIY Thanksgiving Invitations

We are hosting our very first Thanksgiving here in Wroclaw! Of course, Poland doesn't celebrate Turkey Day here, so we're gathering all of our American friends and throwing a fabulous dinner party of our own on Friday evening (since we don't have Thursday off like the USA). I'll be sure to write all about it, but in the meantime, here is a first look at my DIY Turkey Invitations. 
Though simple to make, this project takes a bit more time than some of the other DIY projects I have posted due to all the cutting required. I'd assume at least 30 minutes per invitation.

Materials Needed:
~ Colored Construction Paper, cut into strips 3.5" wide x 6.5" long. I used 5 strips of paper per Turkey.
~ Brown, Yellow and Red Construction paper to cut into body, beak and gobbler of Turkey.
~ Brown Coffee Filters - 1 per Turkey
~ Paper Doilies (4.5") -  2 per Turkey
~ Wood Skewers cut into 2" pieces 
~ Hot Glue Gun
~ Glue Stick
~ Scissors
~ Black Pen
~ White Gel Pen

Now, for the Instructions:

Step 1: Cut colored construction paper into strips 3.5" wide x 6.5" long. As I mentioned, I used 5 strips per turkey. You can use any colors you'd like :)

Step 2: Fold these strips of paper like a fan (over, under, over, under. Repeat.) My folds are about 1/2 an inch wide. 

Step 3: Place the strips over each other, interlocking at the end of each strip of paper. Gather and hot glue at the bottom one strip at a time until all five are glued together. Note you will have to glue the bottom of each side. It will then look like this. 

Step 4: Decorate the front of your turkey to look like this:
This breaks down as follows:
4A. Cut the body, beak and gobbler shapes for the front of your turkey. I did not have a template, I just freehand cut the shapes into what you see. The beak is a yellow triangle folded in half to make it 3D.
4B. Cut your Doily so that it has a straight edge. 
4C. Use a glue stick to glue the body of your turkey onto your white doily.
4D. Draw eyes/eyelashes on your turkey with a black pen. Use a white gel pen to make the center of the eyes.
4E. Then, hot glue the front of your turkey with doily onto the colored fan of colors you created in Step Three.

Step 5:
Cut the wood skewers into 2" pieces (I found wire cutters worked best). Hot glue two of the skewers onto your turkey for feet. Your Turkey invite is now freestanding. Yeah! 
Step 6: Decorate the back of your Turkey. 
6A: Cut your paper doily in half and write party details on it. You could also use these as placecards instead of invitations. 
6B. With a glue stick, glue paper doily on top of brown coffee filter and cut to match shape of doily. 
6C. Hot glue the coffee filter onto the back of your turkey. 
That's it! You now have some cute little invites for your Thanksgiving Party :)
Gobble, Gobble. 

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