DIY Turkey Barrettes, Pins & Headbands

Disclosure: I received some of these products for free from Oriental Trading. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this post.

Oriental Trading is your go-to for all your Thanksgiving needs from home decor to tableware to party decoration and crafts, chances are they will have what you are looking for to make this a festive Thanksgiving in your home!

One of the things I love to do for the holidays is to dress in festive clothes on that day.  Since it’s often hard to find something festive for Thanksgiving I decided to get crafting and make something on my own.

I came up with this version of turkeys for the kids to wear on Thanksgiving this year and my daughter and I are just smitten with how these turkey barrettes, pins, and headbands turned out.  So much so that she asked if we could make about 50 of them to give out to all of her friends…. and, well, we didn’t make 50 but we sure did make a lot!   I knew these would turn out cute, I just didn’t know that they would be this cute!

For this DIY you can chose to make barrettes, pins, or headbands which are made using the same basic process, just at the end you will switch out a barrette for elastic or a pin back.  (I’ve explained how to do that in the below step-by-step guide.)

The headbands are great for those younger then 2 years old, when they aren’t quite sporting a full head of hair and you can’t trust them with a pin on their clothing.  Here is one of the headbands we made for my son to wear on Thanksgiving, when he’ll be just about 4 months old.

These turkeys are not complicated to make, and when making more then one I found it easier to do one step at a time – so I cut all the gobblers out at once, cut all the ribbons out at once, glued on eyes all at once, etc.  If you’re making more then one turkey I highly recommended doing it this way as it definitely more efficient!

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make these:

For pins – you’ll also need pin backs.
For headbands – you’ll also need elastic cut to the size of your child’s head.

I put together this infographic so you can see each of the steps to making these.  The details of each step is listed after the infographic by number.


  1. Gather supplies (as listed above).
  2. Glue eyes onto wooden discs .
  3. Cut out red gobbler and glue onto wooden discs.
  4. Glue square gem onto wooden disc atop of the red gobbler.
  5. Photo is of Steps 2-4 above.
  6. Cut 12 ribbons at 4.5″ long each for each turkey.
  7. Fold ribbon in half and glue together, making a loop
  8. Continue step 7 for all 12 ribbons that you are using.
  9. Gather ribbons together and slightly fold down the loops so that are a little less bulky.
  10. Place hot glue on back side of wooden disc forming a semi-circle.  This is where the ribbons will be glued to.
  11. Place 6 looped ribbons onto hot glue forming a semi-circle.  (This is making the feather affect.)
  12. Place another semi-circle of hot glue atop the ribbons that were just laid down for the other 6 ribbons remaining.  Place last 6 looped ribbons onto hot glue above the prior 6 that were adhered.
  13. (Barrette) Cut two pieces of ribbon to adhere atop outer portion of the barrette.  (You could also leave barrette naked if you’d like.)  
  14. (Barrette) Place hot glue onto top of the barrette and place two pieces are ribbon atop.  
  15. (Barrette) Turn turkey over and place hot glue on the back portion to adhere barrette to it.  Place down barrette and hold in place until hot glue dries.

When making a headband skip steps 13-15 above and cut elastic to desired length and hot glue to back of turkey.  Hold in place until hot glue dries.

When making a pin skip steps 13-15 above and hot glue pin back to the back of turkey.  Hold in place until hot glue dries.

For the eyes you can do two of the same size or two of different sizes, it’s up to you!  For the ribbon colors, you can mix and match based on your desires too.  I had fun making all different colored turkeys, as you can see!

My daughter had a hard time picking out her favorites!  She modeled two of them for us.  First is the headband which she loved:

And then she modeled a barrette.  I asked her which one she’s going to wear for Thanksgiving and she said she can’t decide.  Hopefully by then she will have made her choice.

I hope you have just as much fun as we did making these turkey barrettes, pins, and headbands. My daughter can’t wait to give the extras to her friends this holiday season and I’m excited for all of us to wear (yes I will be wearing one and so will my husband) on Thanksgiving.  

Thank you to Oriental Trading for partnering with me on this project.  

Hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving.  Gobble gobble! 

Disclosure: I received some of these products for free from Oriental Trading. My opinions are my own and I was not paid or required to write this post.

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