DIY Needle Felted Song Birds, singing on a musical spool

Don’t you love a craft that’s packed with charming details? Like these little song birds, perched on wooden spools wrapped up in sheet music and tinsel. It’s this attention to detail that makes Rebekah Meier’s Needle-Felted Song Birds so delightful. Last year, Rebekah shared her Cheery, Felted Winter Birds, and this year, she’s re-imagined them as sweet, singing song birds, perched on musical spools.

Sweet and charming Needle Felted Song Birds. It's an easy, DIY needle felting project.

Needle-Felted Song Birds by Rebekah Meier.

To make a Needle-Felted Song Bird, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 2” egg and 1-1/2” ball (for one bird)
  • Wool roving in cream
  • Chenille sock or fleece, small scraps
  • Wool felt, small scraps of cream and yellow
  • Black head pins, two
  • Tinsel, 6” length
  • Baby sock
  • Wood spool
  • Decorative sheet music
  • Powdered blush
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Optional: Spray glitter
  • Tools needed: Scissors; needle felting needle*; pencil; toothpick; foam paintbrush

* 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.

A favorite winter craft -- DIY a Needle Felted Song Bird on

Rebekah always adds the most charming details to her projects, like the little cap made from a baby sock.

To make a Needle-Felted Song Bird:

1. Build your bird body:

  • Hold the foam egg on an angle, and position the ball on the narrow end of the egg.
  • Rub the two foam pieces together, creating a snug fit.
  • Insert a toothpick between the two shapes, and glue them together.

2. Needle felt the body:

  • 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.
  1. Add wings: Cut two wings 3” long from the cream felt. Glue wings onto the sides of the bird.
  1. Add a scarf: Tie a scrap of fleece or felt around the bird’s neck.
The sweetest birds! Needle felt these over on

Faces can be hard to DIY but Rebekah makes them easy using pins, felt and a little blush.

  1. 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.
  1. Cheeks & eyes: Insert two, black head pins for eyes. Lightly brush cheeks with powdered blush.
  1. Make the beak: Cut a small diamond from the yellow felt. Fold in half, and glue below the eyes.
  1. Prepare the spool:
  • Paint the spool cream, and let it dry.
  • Cut a strip of sheet music to fit around the spool, and glue in place.
  • Trim your tinsel so it’s about ¼” in diameter. Dry brush the tinsel with the cream paint, and let dry.
  • Wrap the tinsel around the top of the spool and glue in place. Trim off excess length of tinsel.
Spool detail for charming, Needle Felted Song Birds. DIY on

The tinsel looks like a little bird’s nest.

  1. Glue the bird to the top of the spool, nestled in a “nest” of tinsel.
  1. Optional: Spray with glitter.

Here are Rebekah’s Cheery, Felted Winter Birds.

DIY Needle Felted Winter Birds. So cute, and an easy, needle felting craft.

Cheery, Felted Winter Birds by Rebekah Meier.

Last month, Rebekah shared her Sweet, Felted Snowman. There’s no reason to put these away with the Christmas decorations, is there?

Adorable! Sweet, Felted Snowman tutorial on

Sweet, Felted Snowmen by Rebekah Meier.

I’m heading out to the 2016 CHA Show today, and looking forward to an overload of inspiration, and reconnecting with so many artists and designers, including Rebekah Meier. If you remember, last year Rebekah won the hot new product award in the Fabric & Needlecraft category for her Fabric Elements product line. I can’t wait to see what’s new with Rebekah this year!

Craft on!


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14 Responses to DIY Needle Felted Song Birds, singing on a musical spool

  1. Excited to give felting a try!!

  2. Angie says:

    What fun projects to start the new year! I have never felted any projects. It is a goal for the future. An elderly friend does her own felting and made me a beautiful rose broach for my jacket. She showed me and it was actually very simple. Love this project!

    • Sharon says:

      How nice that you have a friend who can help you learn felting! I bet she would felt these sweet birds right along with you. Thanks for stopping in and happy felting! Sharon

  3. LisaM6 says:

    Oh these are toot sweet! I am going to see about getting some felting needles. I so need to try these.

  4. CraftyB says:

    How fuzzy and cute!!

  5. annehaun says:

    These are adorable!!

  6. Katiria says:

    Oh, these little guys are cute!
    Hope you have lots of fun at the craft show. Can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back.

    • Sharon says:

      I ran into Rebekah Meier, who designed these cuties, at the show. She is one busy lady and it’s always a treat to talk with Rebekah. My fingers are crossed that she’ll have a little time to share a few more designs with Crafts ‘n Coffee this year . . . Thanks for stopping by. Sharon

  7. These little bids are so adorable and I am still head over heels in love with the snowmen!! My resolution this year is to learn a new technique or craft each week and I am pretty sure that needle felting will be one of my new crafts that I learn!! I have fallen in love with how they look!! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      That’s an awesome resolution, Barb! You are going to have a blast in 2016! Keep us posted on your needle felting adventures. Happy crafting, all year long! Sharon

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