Turkey Quilling Project for a Thanksgiving Note Card Craft

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Are you looking for a turkey quilling project? There are lots of unique Thanksgiving craft projects you can do. But, I love the way that quilling turns a simple notecard into something special. If you’re not familiar with quilling, keep reading.Turkey Quilling Project Thanksgiving Crafts

Turkey Quilling Project

I really love working with paper and this turkey quilling project is one of the cutest Thanksgiving craft projects I’ve seen in a long time.  Quilling or paper filigree is a paper art that involves rolling, shaping and gluing thin strips of paper to create decorative designs.  

Quilling has been around since the Renaissance age and can be very simple or amazingly complex.  I’ve been quilling for a few years but my projects are still quite basic. So, if you’re new to the craft, there is no reason you can’t do this Turkey quilling project too.

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How do you make the rolled paper quills?

The individual circles of rolled paper are made using a quilling tool. It’s a small metal tool with a nib on one side. You slide a strip of quililng paper into that nib and you twist the tool until you have a roll the size you need.

What kind of paper do you use for quilling?

There are special 1/8″ wide strips of colored paper that are used for this turkey quilling project. It’s important that they are all a uniform size. So, you could try to make your own. But, it is so much easier to just purchase a package of strips. 

 

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Turkey quilling project supplies

Turkey quilling project directions:

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Using your quilling tool, wrap one piece of brown quilling paper around the tool loosely to form the head of the turkey. Glue the end of the strip to the circle to hold it in place and place it on the quilling board to dry.

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Taking eight strips of quilling paper, wrap them slow to form a circle.  Leave several inches of paper hanging at the end.  Glue randomly as you’re rolling the strips to help it keep its shape.

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Curl the ends of the eight pieces of paper in different sizes and different directions.

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Glue the body of the turkey onto a piece of card stock. Then, carefully glue on the *feathers*  randomly.

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Glue the head piece near the body piece.

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Take a small piece of black quilling paper and form a small circle.  Pinch one end to form the beak and then glue the other end to the headpiece.

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Take a tiny piece of red quilling paper and curl it loosely for the waddle. That’s all there is to this simple turkey quilling project.

How to finish off the card

So, I simply did this turkey quilling project on a plain notecard to show you how it is done. But, if you want to make it a little bit fancier, you can layer different colors of notecards on top of the plain notecard for visual interest. Check out the technique when I made this spring garden card. You can use a ribbon labeler to add a saying to your card as I did here.

Thanksgiving card messages

Some people like to write a message or poem inside their Thanksgiving card rather than write a note. If you’re looking for Thanksgiving card messages, here are a whole bunch that you can choose from. Just check out this post. Or, you can always write a simple message to friends and family instead.

Other quilling projects

If you really enjoy this turkey quilling project, you might want to try this cat quilling card that I made for Valentine’s Day a few years ago. Or, you might want to try this holiday place card I made. You can set it on everyone’s dinner plate at Thanksgiving. Check out the video above for a few more fun ideas.

Other types of papercrafts

If you enjoy papercrafts like this turkey quilling project, there are lots of different types of techniques that you can learn. Have you ever considered teabag folding? Or, you might want to try origami. You could learn to make these butterflies and then attach them to your notecards.



Comments

  1. Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva says
    I love quilling but have not done it for several years now. Looks like there are some great tools to use now. I used white glue and toothpicks and cut my own strips!!! Love the turkey would be a great placecard for Thanksgiving!!!
  2. Mary/ Raising Dick and Jane says
    Its beautiful! Looks like alot of work and patience needed :)
  3. Rachel Ferrucci says
    This is so cute and now I have something to make with Prince!
  4. I've always seen this type of craft, but never knew about quilling - learn something new every day!! Great post!!
  5. Denise Seegobin says
    I love the pictures it is a great one. I can't wait to try it
  6. That is adorable!! I started making cards again recently, but clearly I need to up my game! Thanks for the inspiration!
  7. I wish I had the patience for this, it's super cute. You'd see it in a store for $7+
  8. Here's a perfect example of "ya learn something new everyday"  I had no idea about quilling.   I've seen projects similar on pinterest using recycled toilet paper tubes.      
  9. Shan @ Last Shreds Of Sanity says
    That's pretty cool looking. I have never even heard of quilling before! Interesting technique. I wonder if it's too involved for a 7-year-old to do?
  10. Awesome! So elegant and simple. -r
  11. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that I didn't know the word for this craft - quilling!  I just learned something new.  I thought that was called 'rolling paper craft thing' :-)  Your card is beautiful!  What a neat craft, hobby and creation!  Loved the detailed directions of how to make it!
  12. Mag@Girlycreation says
    This is so cool and simple, definitely will try with the kids. Thanks for sharing this idea.
  13. How fun! Love simple crafts like this. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Tender Allure says
    Cute!  Great idea! http://www.tenderallure.com/
  15. Katrina @ Enchanted Savings says
    That looks really cool!  I've never done any quilling before
  16. How neat! I would put that as a work of art on my wall! Thanks for showing me something new (and awesome!!)
  17. Lois Jones says
    That is so neat! I have always wanted to try quilling but never had. May have to give it a try now!!
  18. Mel Lockcuff says
    Oh, the holiday cards that could be made with this! I've never tried quilling. Your card is gorgeous.:) Thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday.

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