Last Updated on November 9, 2019 by Ellen Christian
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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
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.
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.
Turkey quilling project supplies
- Quilling papers (1/8″) – at least one brown, black, and red plus 8 other strips of different colors
- Quilling board
- A quilling tool
- White glue that dries invisibly
Turkey quilling project directions:
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.
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.
Curl the ends of the eight pieces of paper in different sizes and different directions.
Glue the body of the turkey onto a piece of card stock. Then, carefully glue on the *feathers* randomly.
Glue the head piece near the body piece.
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.
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.
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