Cardinals are the state bird here in Ohio, and they’re such a pretty sight in the winter (this is a craft blog and not a sports blog, so all references to the state of Ohio have nothing to do with Ohio State and that big game last week 😉 . . .). Rebekah Meyers’ bright red, Felted Winter Birds remind me of cardinals, all bundled up for the winter. Make one or a few to brighten your kitchen windowsill this January.
To make Felted Winter Birds, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg and 1-1/2” ball (for one bird)
- Wool roving, red
- Felt: Small pieces of red, cream and yellow
- Black head pins, two
- Small baby sock
- Floral stem wire
- Optional: Spray glitter (Rebekah used Krylon® Glitter Blast™)
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; pencil; toothpicks
* Note: Felting needles are extremely sharp; use caution. The higher the needle number, the finer the needle and the smaller the hole left in the project.
To make Felted Winter Birds:
1. Build your bird body: Holding the egg on an angle, attach the ball to the narrow end of the egg. Rub the two pieces together first for a tighter fit. Insert a toothpick between the pieces, and glue them together.
2. Place small, wispy pieces of roving onto the bird. Felt the roving onto the bird with the felting needle, inserting the needle numerous times through the fiberfill and into the foam. Once the fibers are locked into place, continue to add roving, felting it as you go, until your bird is covered in wool roving.
3. Add wings: Cut two, 2” long from the red felt. Glue wings onto the sides of the bird.
4. Add a scarf: Tie a scrap of cream felt around the bird’s neck.
5. Make the hat: Cut a 2” length from the leg of the baby sock, and place on the bird’s head. Tie off the end of the hat with a scrap of felt. Cut fringe into the top of the hat.
6. Eyes: Insert two, black head pins.
7. Beak: Cut a small diamond from the yellow felt. Fold in half, and glue below the eyes.
8. Twist the wire to form the feet, and cut the legs to 2”. Insert legs into the bird. Adjust them if needed so the bird can stand on its own.
9. Optional: Spray with glitter.
If you’re ready to skip right to spring, here’s a Sweet Felted Chick, also designed by Rebekah.
Or, how about this Prim Felted Bunny.
Are you buried by snow and enduring sub-zero weather this week? How did we live with the Polar Vortex day after day, week after week last year? That said, I don’t think I’m ready for spring yet, are you?