How to Make TMNT Ornaments

Here’s a step-by-step guide for how you can Turtle out your Christmas tree, by our incredible background painter Miho Tomimasu!

ITEMS NEEDED

2 sheets of green felt
1 sheet each of red, purple, orange, and blue felt (cut into strips 1.5" wide- only need 2 strips for each turtle’s bandanna)

4 colored threads (red, purple, orange, blue)
2 embroidery flosses (pink, green)
8 black, 0.25" diameter beads
Needles (1 large, 1 small, several round pearl-head pins)
Scissors
Sharpie
Cup (diameter about 3.25")
Synthetic stuffing

STEPS FOR EACH TURTLE

1. Trace the cup onto the green felt with a Sharpie and cut the circle out (do this twice) 

2. Place the two cut circles on top of each other. Blanket stitch the cut circular felts to each other around the edges with the green embroidery floss. Stop when you reach 2/3 of the way around the circle.

3. Cut one of the bandanna strips to 6" in length.  Fold it in half and cut it into a leaf shape, but with the folded edge attached.

4. Cut the other bandanna strip to 8.5" and tie the piece from Step 3 around it—around the halfway point.

5. Align the top of the bandanna with where you started the blanket stitch, and tack it down with round pearl-head pins.

6. Dart stitch the bandanna down onto the green circle (using the thread that matches the bandanna), being careful not to stitch the two green circles to each other at the center (stuffing needs to go inside).

7. Embroider the mouth using split stitch and the pink embroidery floss.

8. Continue to blanket stitch around until you reach the bottom of the bandanna, and tie the floss off.

9. Stuff the green circle until it is very firm.

10. Tuck excess bandanna inside, and sew it shut.

11. Sewing the eyes: Start from back and pull the bead tight until it looks like a tufted pillow.  Sew through several times to ensure security.  Same for other eye.

12. Sew a loop on top.

13. You’re done with one turtle! Repeat steps 1 through 12 for other three turtles!

Pro Tip:  Mikey has a shorter bandanna bow and Donnie has a longer bandanna bow if you want to be super on-model!

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Celtic Gold Phalera with Cernunnos, 1st Century  BC

Cernunnos is the conventional name given in Celtic studies to depictions of the “horned god” of Celtic polytheism. The name itself is only attested once, on the 1st-century Pillar of the Boatmen, but depictions of a horned or antlered figure, often seated cross-legged and often associated with animals and holding or wearing torcs, are known from other instances.

Nothing is known about the god from literary sources, and details about his name, his cult or his significance in Celtic religion are unknown. Speculative interpretations identify him as a god of nature or fertility.