After discovering that the boxful of rubber ducks that I had bought for my daughter last Christmas was not safe for young children, I found myself with a conundrum. What should I do with a couple dozen rubber ducks that I could not let my daughter play with? After much thought I consideration, I realized that I could use the ducks as craft materials so that I could safely display the rubber ducks out of reach of my daughter but within sight for her to enjoy.
A few weeks ago, I shared the Halloween duck-oration wreath that my daughter and I made in celebration of the Halloween holiday. I had a couple dozen Halloween ducks, so I was able to make a huge Halloween wreath. However, I had bought only a single dozen Thanksgiving rubber ducks. Therefore, instead of one big wreath, I ended up making two small Thanksgiving wreaths.
If you too love rubber ducks, here are my simple instructions for making a Thanksgiving duck-oration wreath.
- Thanksgiving rubber ducks
- Thanksgiving garland
- Straw wreath
- Clear fishing line
- Safety pin
- Hot glue gun
Use the fishing line to sew the rubber ducks onto the wreath. Use the safety pin to poke starter holes in the rubber ducks that make pushing the needle through easier. You may also find that using the pliers to pull the needle through also makes sewing through the ducks easier.
I sewed the ducks onto the wreath by making two separate stitches through the bottom of each duck. The two stitches secured the ducks firmly to the wreath. A single stitch left the duck a little too wobbly. On one wreath, I sewed the duck sitting up. On the second, I faced the ducks forward.
After sewing the rubber ducks onto the wreath, use hot glue to attach the garland to the wreath. Weave the garland around the ducks. Glue the garland as necessary to assure a firm attachment. I chose a fun gold garland that accented the ducks prettily and matches one of the colors when I think about the Thanksgiving holiday.
After the hot glue dries, display your Thanksgiving duck-oration wreath.
After I made my initial small wreaths, I decided that I wanted a larger Thanksgiving duck-oration wreath to hang on the front door of my home. I thus used some thread and clear packing tape to sew some Thanksgiving ducks on a larger wire wreath. I then used gold garland around the ducks to finish my new autumn holiday wreath. I absolutely love the result, and my new Thanksgiving duck-oration wreath looks adorable hanging on my door during the month of November.
How to Make a Thanksgiving Duck-oration Wreath © 2016 Heather Johnson
How to Make a Thanksgiving Duck-oration Wreath © 2013 Heather Johnson
Two Small Wreaths and Thanksgiving Rubber Ducks © 2013 Heather Johnson
Poking Holes in the Rubber Duck © 2013 Heather Johnson
Sewing the Rubber Duck onto the Wreath © 2013 Heather Johnson
Thanksgiving Ducks Sewn on a Wreath © 2013 Heather Johnson
Gold Garland for the Thanksgiving Rubber Duck Wreath © 2013 Heather Johnson
Hot Gluing the Gold Garland onto the Wreath © 2013 Heather Johnson
Finished Thanksgiving Duck-oration Wreath © 2013 Heather Johnson
Two Thanksgiving Duck-oration Wreaths © 2013 Heather Johnson
Thanksgiving Ducks and Wire Wreath © 2016 Heather Johnson
Attaching the Thanksgiving Ducks to the Wire Wreath © 2016 Heather Johnson
Thanksgiving Ducks on Wire Wreath and Gold Garland © 2016 Heather Johnson
Gluing the Gold Garland to the Thanksgiving Duck-oration Wreath © 2016 Heather Johnson
Thanksgiving Duck-oration Wreath © 2016 Heather Johnson