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Turkey Wreath DIY – Make a Turkey Wreath (EASY Slip Knots!)

Learn how to make a turkey wreath with fabric slip knots! This DIY turkey wreath craft is so quick and cute! All you need are fabric quarters in the colors you like, a foam wreath form, felt, googly eyes, foam disc, and brown paint. Read on to see how!

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Tom the Turkey wreath made with red, yellow, and orange strips of fabric with googly eyes and a felt beak and wattle.

How to Make a Fabric Turkey Wreath With Slip Knots

Fabric quarters, foam wreath form, foam disc, craft paint, and a brush to make a turkey wreath for thanksgiving.

How to Make a Turkey Wreath

Use acrylic paint to paint the wreath form and floral disk.

You’ll need 2 coats on the form, let dry between coats.

When painting the floral disk, make sure you apply the paint heavily so it goes into the pores of the foam, showing less white foam.

Let dry completely.

Some brown paint on a foam disc that will be the face of a turkey wreath made with fabric strips and slip knots.
Foam wreath form being painted with brown paint to make a DIY turkey wreath.

Lay 1 piece of fabric onto a flat surface and fold it in half to measure 18″ x 10.5″.

Place a measuring tape across the folded area and use scissors to snip the fabric at 2″ intervals.

Remove the tape measure and continue to trim the rest of the fabric so you have strips.

Repeat for all the pieces of fabric.

Fabric, tape measure, and scissors laid out to cut the fabric into 2-inch strips to make a DIY turkey wreath.

Place your wreath form, face down on a flat surface.

Fold a fabric strip in half and place the loop under the form. You’ll be making a slip knot.

Bring the bottom, loose ends of the fabric through the loop, wrapping it around the form. Pull the ends firmly toward the outer edge of the form.

This is the back side of the wreath. Continue to cover the wreath form with fabric, scrunching each piece together after it’s tied on.

Repeat until you have the desired look of a turkey!

About 2/3 of the wreath form will be covered.

A foam wreath form painted brown with strips of fabric in green, yellow, orange, and red to make the tail of a turkey wreath.
Fabric is fastened to a foam wreath form using slip knots to make a DIY turkey wreath for Thanksgiving.
Fabric strips attached to a foam wreath form to make a fabric turkey tail for a DIY turkey wreath.

Flip the form over and you’ll have the front of the turkey feathers.

Pull on the ends of the fabric to tighten and position them to your liking.

Use red felt to create a red turkey snood for the face, measuring about 3″ in length.

A yellow diamond cut from felt and a red felt turkey snood to make the face of a DIY turkey wreath.

Use yellow felt to cut out a diamond shape for the beak. When you glue it on you’ll fold it in half to make a 3-D triangle beak.

I used 2 pieces of felt and glued them together to create more dimension.

A diamond of yellow felt with glue on it to make a 3-D turkey beak for a DIY turkey wreath.

Glue the eyes, beak, and snood onto the brown disk with hot glue. Attach the disk to the front of the wreath form with hot glue.

A round floral foam disc painted brown with googly eyes attached to make the face of a turkey wreath.
A turkey wreath made with colorful fabric strips for the tail and a round foam face with googly eyes and a felt beak and snood.
A turkey wreath made with colorful fabric strips for the tail and a round foam face with googly eyes and a felt face.

Hang as desired.

NOTE: If you are unhappy with how the fabric hangs, you can lay the wreath on a flat surface and straighten out all of the fabric. Then generously spray with starch and let dry. Flip over and spray again on the back.

A finished DIY turkey wreath with a tail made of fabric strips and a face with googly eyes and a felt beak and snood.
A DIY turkey wreath from start to finish made from fabric strips, foam wreath form, googly eyes, and felt.
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Q: Is it cheaper to make your own wreath?

A: Almost always, yes. You can find really cheap ones at Dollar Tree sometimes, but they look really cheap compared to what you can make on your own. You can’t even touch a nice-looking wreath for what you’ll spend on supplies to DIY a wreath. 

Q: How do you make a wreath from Dollar Tree?

A: This is one of my favorite stores to get supplies for wreath making! You can find the styrofoam wreath forms, wired or gauzy ribbon, plus seasonal picks to embellish the wreath. You might end up spending around $20 in supplies to make a nice full Dollar Tree wreath, but this is easily half of what you’d spend at a craft store.

Q: What is the best base for a wreath?

A: The best base for any wreath is a styrofoam wreath form. It’s so easy to wrap with ribbon, it has a uniform finish, and can be painted as needed to camouflage it behind your other designs. The only exception would be if you’re making a wreath with only greenery. In that case, it’s easier to use a wire wreath form and floral wire to attach the greenery.