Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Turtle Hair Clippie or Pin Ribbon SculptureTutorial

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As many of you know, Hensley has asked for a Turtle-Themed Birthday Party. I found some adorable Turtle Hairbows and decided to base her party around those. Well, that idea sort of exploded on me...I decided to include a Turtle Hairbow (or Lapel Pin for the boys) with every invite....which meant making a whole mess of these little guys and gals. What I also didn't think about was that most of our "invitees" have more than one kid, so I ended up making two, three, and even four turtles for one family! Bottom line - I have more glue gun burns than I ever wanted, Sean has learned to construct hairbows (against his will), and Hensley's Party Invites cost me almost $1.00 each to mail. LOL However, all was worth it when the RSVP's starting rolling in and nearly everyone commented on what a cute idea it was, how unique, etc. Several of Hensley's Party guests (ahem, Rebecca P....thanks for reminding me!) ; ) have asked me to post a tutorial so y'all can make your darlings some Turtles to wear in their hair (or on their lapels) so, without further adieu, here is the Tut.

*Note: These bad boys take quite a bit of work, but they are SOOO worth it! Please email me if you have any questions! I'd be more than happy to explain any step further.*

Supplies List:
  • 3/8" Emerald Green Grosgrain Ribbon
  • 7/8" Emerald Green Grosgain Ribbon
  • 3/8" Grosgrain Ribbon in your choice of color (for the shell) I did Bubblegum Pink for the girls and Neon Green for the boys.
  • 1/8" Baby Pink Satin Ribbon (for Girl Turtle's Hairbow)
  • Googly Eyes (I used the 20mm size) 
  • Alligator Clips or Lapel Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun
*Note: I didn't measure these pieces of ribbon before I cut them. I prefer to work with ribbon still on the spool and then cut, so I suggest you do the same and then cut them to resemble my finish pieces. Sorry if you rely on measurements!* : )

1. Make the head. Form a loop with the 3/8" Emerald Grosgrain Ribbon like this...


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...then glue that down. Now, fold the ribbon over at a 90 degree angle to the left or right (depending on which way you want your turtle to face) and glue the corner on an angle to form the neck, like this...


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...Glue on your Googly Eyes (they will stick off the sides, that's ok) and your head is complete! Yay!


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2. Make the shell. Using your shell ribbon (3/8" grosgrain ribbon of your color choice), cut two pieces to around 20 inches. You may have some leftover and you may have to cut some braided ribbon off when you start forming the shell, but for now, just go with two 20 inch pieces. : ) The braid is made from "Military Braid" style ribbon, so watch this video if you don't know how to braid the ribbon.




If you do, braid up your ribbon and move on to Step 3.

3. Fold your braided ribbon to form a Shell. There really isn't an easy way to describe this. I suggest just playing around with the braid and I think you'll get it after a few minutes. You're essentially folding the braid to look like a rainbow, if that makes sense. I tucked each end of the braid under so the edges formed a straight line when the "rainbow" was made. You can just hot glue those ends to the underside of the braid. I also found that using a little scrap piece of ribbon to hold the rainbow in place, like this (excuse my crude drawing that resembles a hiney):


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Attach Head to Shell.  Pretty self-explanatory. You should now have something that looks like this...


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4. Make and Attach Hairbow and Legs. To make the Hairbow for the Turtle's Head, take your 1/8" Baby Pink Satin Ribbon and make a teensy little standard bow. Need instructions for that? Click here. You won't need the craft wire part. Just wrap another piece of ribbon around the center for the middle. Don't worry if its not perfect...those darn things are so hard to make! For the legs, take your 7/8" Emerald Grosgrain ribbon and tie a knot....like how you would tie a balloon. Cut the end that hangs out the knot as close to the actual knot as you can and Fray-Check the heck out of it. Repeat the same thing over again to make a second leg, and then attach the two legs and hairbow to your turtle. You should now have something that looks like this...


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5. Make the Tail. Definitely the most time-consuming part of the whole thing, but the tail is what "makes" the turtle, in my opinion, so I couldn't just skip this step. Take your 7/8" Emerald Ribbon and Fray-Check the end. Let that dry for at least 10 minutes before moving on. Figure out which way you need your tail to face and then construct it opposite that, so the rough edges are hidden when its all ready. Put glue along the edge of your ribbon (where you just fray-checked it)....like this...


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Then fold it like this.... (you'll be folding it the other way if you're making a turtle facing to the right)


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Add more glue and then fold the bottom little edge up over the fold, like this...


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Cut it off at the end of the tail and you're done!


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6. Glue on Tail, attach Lapel Pin or Hairbow. Pretty self-explanatory. If you're making a pin, you should have this after this step.


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If you're making a hairbow, just cover your alligator clip with 3/8" Emerald Ribbon and then Hot Glue your Turtle to the ribbon. SUCCESS!

If you make these, I would LOVE to see. Email me a picture or post it on your own blog and leave a comment with the link! 

Happy Turtle-Making!

13 comments:

Will and Heather Bogielski said...

These are so cute, I am going to work on perfecting my shell making skill but I love it!

LuvSmeezingtons said...

I had some red grosgrain ribbon with black polka dot on it and did the same thing but called it a lady bug minus the tail

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