The Dainty Maker Box No. 6 // Funky Folk Art Turkey Banner Visual

 Box No. 6 is one that I hope will be a fun piece that can be used for years to come. Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that is hard to find fun decor for. I can see these banners on dessert tables or hutches to celebrate everything we are thankful for. I know that my girls and I definitely had a lot of fun making ours!
These maker boxes are made to be done together, to encourage quality time, that's why I don’t put an age limit on these projects. Depending on how old your child is, you may need to tweak the steps slightly in order to make it fun for everyone.
For example: My girls are 12 and 4 and they both loved this craft. My older daughter did it entirely independently and my younger daughter could do just about everything but cut the pattern. I cut out her patterns and traced them on the felt ahead of time to make it easier for her to do the project, and this allowed us to work on it step-by-step together.
This keepsake is meant to be kept for a lifetime, so we used two types of glue to help make that possible. My girls each use a low temp glue gun, which is warm, but not hot. (Here's the link to the glue gun.) We also used a tacky glue for some parts, which is best for use on fabrics. (This kind.)
*These glues can also be found at any craft store and are used for just about every maker box.
1. Lay out all materials/ supplies. 
2. Cut out pattern pieces. 
3. Trace 6 turkey pattern pieces onto felt. A pen or marker works best. The tail and wing each get traced on the smaller felt pieces. Pay close attention to the quantity of each piece that you are to cut as indicated on the pattern pieces. (Top 2 photos- neutral. Bottom 2 photos- jewel tones)   
4. Locate turkey heads and the little baggie containing the bead eye, sequin cheek, felt beak, and sparkly wattle. 
5. Glue eye bead and sequin cheek onto the turkey head. 
6. Glue beak and wattle to the back side of the turkey head. 
7. Glue the other turkey head to the back of the one that is now decorated; sandwiching the beak and the wattle inside. You've now completed the turkey head.
8. Take the metal wire and fold in half. Bend both ends to make the turkey's feet. 
9. Grab one of the turkey bodies (this will be the back piece) and glue the tail, wire legs, and head onto it.
10. Fold the tan twine (neutral banner) or pink twine (jewel tone banner) in half and glue the ends to the top center of the body. This creates the hanging loop on the turkey.
11. Glue other turkey body on top; sandwiching the glued pieces inside.
12. Glue turkey wings on center of body front. Use sequins and dainty feathers to decorate. You have now completed the turkey. Set aside.
13. Lay the 2 leaf patterns on 2 pieces of felt in front of you. Trace one of each on each piece of felt so you have a total of 4 leaves. Cut out.
14. Cut (4) 3 inch pieces of the thin natural twine. These will be the hanging loops for the leaves. 
15. Fold each loop in half and glue to the top of each leaf. 
16. Glue each leaf onto the two remaining contrasting colored felt pieces.
17. Cut around each leaf leaving approximately 1/4 inch of the contrasting color around the edges. Be sure to bend down loop so you don't cut the hanging loops as you are cutting around the top.
18. Use the remaining thin natural twine to make the vein detail on the front of the leaves. Glue in place and set aside.
19. Take each of the two thicker 7 inch pieces of cream twine and fold in half. Knot the bottom of each one. 
20. Use the pipe cleaner to thread the beads, 2 on each piece. 
21. Now you are ready to add all your special handmade pieces to your banner. Start by folding the large piece of thick cream twine in half to find the center. 
22. Slide the turkey's loop onto the twine and tie a knot to secure it in place. 
23. Next you'll add a disco ball to each side of the turkey. You can use a ruler or tape measure  to mark the distance. Spacing is dependent on the size of banner you'd like. Here we spaced each element approx. 5 inches apart. Once the disco balls are in place, tie a knot to secure.
24. Next, you'll add a leaf on each side of the disco balls. Tie a knot to secure in place.
25. After the first leaves, add beaded twine and then the 2 leaves on each side. 
26. You are done- Find a place to hang your new masterpiece!


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