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Felt Caroling Birds

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As seen in Better Homes & Gardens – Make It Yourself – Merry Melodies

Materials: Felt Birds

FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam:
Balls: (3) 3” and (2) 1.5”

Other Materials:
Felt: Black, White, Red, Blue, Light Gray and Dark Gray
12 Gauge Jewelry Wire
4mm Half Round Eyes: Black
Spray Paint: Black

Tools:
Low-Temp Glue Gun
Needle Nose Jewelry pliers
Ruler
Scissors
Large Needle

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut three 2.5” circles from the felt. One red, one white and one blue. Glue a felt circle to each of the 3” balls. This is the bottom of the birds.
  2. Cut the two 1.5” balls in half and set aside one half for a future project. Firmly press and twist the half ball in place on top of the body until it forms to the rounded shape of the ball. The half ball edges should be flush with the top of the ball. Glue the heads in place.
  3. Cut a 2 ¼” black felt circle. Glue it to cover the head of the white bird body. Gather the excess felt at the back of the head and trim to fit. Glue in place. Cut a 2 ¼” blue felt circle to cover the head of the blue body in the same way. Cut a 2 ½” wide x 1 ¾” tall blue felt triangle. Glue the felt to the front of the head with the top of the triangle standing up from the top to create a feather. Cut smaller triangles from the black, blue and dark grey felt. Glue these feathers across the top of the head one behind the other as shown.
  4. Cut a 2 ½” circle from red felt. Glue one edge of the circle around the front of the head. Gather the excess to the back of the head. Pinch and glue a pleat at the back to create the look of a feather at the top of the head.
  5. Cut ¾” wide strips of blue, white and red felt to cover the bodies. The top edge of the felt strip is cut straight. Cut a scalloped edge on the opposite side of the felt strip. Starting at the bottom of the body, cut a strip long enough to glue around the 2.5” felt circle. Glue the straight edge of the strip around the body, leaving the scalloped edge hang free. Continue gluing strips of scalloped felt up the body slightly overlapping each strip as shown. When you reach the top row you may need to cut the felt strips a little thinner to fit the space.
  6. Glue a light grey felt heart to the blue bird for the face and glue the eyes in place as shown. Cut a small black felt oval and glue it to the red bird’s face. Glue the eyes just above the black oval as shown. Glue the eyes to the head of the white bird as shown. Glue a small black felt heart to the chest of the white bird. Cut two tiny triangles each from the black and orange felt for beaks. Glue the beaks in place as shown. Cut small hearts from the black, white and light grey felts for the wings. Glue the wings to the sides of the birds slightly overlapping as shown. Cut small pieces of felt to add detail to the birds as desired.
  7. Bend three consecutive 1” loops in one end of the wire. Pinch the loops to shape the foot. At the ankle coil three wraps of wire around the nose of the pliers. Bend the wire straight up the leg to the knee. The distance between the ankle and the knee determines the height of the bird. At the knee coil three wraps of wire around the pliers again. Continue the wire up to the body and cut at the desired height. Allow an extra 2” of wire at the top to glue into the body. Repeat to create three sets of legs. Insert the large needle through the felt at the bottom of the body to pilot a hole for the legs. Make the holes about 1” apart. Glue the legs 2” up into the bodies of the birds.

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7 Comments

  1. Janice Setzer
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Love all your articles and activities

  2. Sharon Jacobs
    Posted October 3, 2016 at 10:48 am

    It looks like the directions for step #6 stop mid sentence.
    Are there any additional directions for this step?
    Also, how do you construct the legs?

    Thank you.

  3. diana
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 8:58 am

    You didn’t explain how to make the legs & feet. Is there another section that does?

  4. Rita
    Posted October 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    How do I obtain the rest of the instructions? I would love to make these birds, but the instructions end abruptly in the middle of a sentence in instruction #6. There is no information on how to make the legs or feet and how to finish the bird. There is no link to read more. The only links provided go to a different project. Thank you for looking into this for me

  5. Travis Miedema
    Posted October 5, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Good Morning,

    Thank you for your comment and concern, we have our team working on the situation as we speak. Everything should be completed by the end of the day. Sorry for the inconvenience. Enjoy your day and remember to Make It: Fun®!!

  6. doris bolduc
    Posted November 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    is there a pattern for the felt cut for the feathers? if so, where?

  7. Jamie Chapman
    Posted December 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Hi Doris! Unfortunately we do not have a template for the feathers, however the dimensions are listed in the instructions above. Also, here is a link to a short video on how to create this project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–J2y3gGa0w&t=22s Thanks!

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