I love being crafty. I think sometimes I look for reasons to have to go to the craft store. I have stashes of yarn, crayons, paint, glue, fabric, pens. You name it, I probably have it. I even went out and bought a heat gun and I do not emboss, I did make some amazing paintings with it though.
When it comes to my little Rex I do all I can to keep him rounded out and part of that is doing hands on crafts together. Spring is trying to peek its sleepy little head up and the birds are making their way into the yard and I thought , ” Oh its time to do some spring crafts!” Enter my sweet little birdie.
I love things where kids can get creative, and I love animals so this just made sense. I gathered all my things together and then realized, my toddler T-Rex was not going to be able to make the pom pom, but it was a small price to pay, because he could do the rest. Hence I set about making pom poms! We have a fabulous little gadget that makes them for you ( found here Hobby Lobby Pom Pom Makers), but if you wanted to go truly old school, you could use two pieces of cardboard and get the same effect.
I love them and they are pretty easy to use. Once I was wrapped. I hooked them together and snipped around the middle. Then, I put my yarn strand I use to tie the pom pom together, through the middle and tied it as tight as I could without breaking the yarn. I have a thing about pom poms coming apart on me, so I get a little obsessive at times. But I make dang good pom poms!
Now I gathered together my other implements of creation and sat down with Mr. T and showed him my bird. I told him about birds, and how in spring they come back to our area and have baby birds, and went over all the parts of a bird and where they go. His cousins were there, and it was a fun fest of naming beaks, eyes, wings, and then all of us yelling, ” I did it! I win!” We are, apparently, a very excitable bunch. I dispensed all the bits and pieces out to the kiddos, and then asked questions and pointed to my bird to help them get body placement right… close to right.
I ended up with 3 of the cutest birds who may or may not be able to make it in the wild! They had so much fun and loved to look at their baby birds! I mean… check these guys out. How could you not just love them! Heads up, mine is the one that is multi-colored.
I couldn’t be more pleased with our new hatch-lings. I hope you give it a try! Here are the supplies and step by steps for you!
- pom pom maker ( or your cardboard made one!)
- googly eyes
- pipe cleaners
- foam sheets
- Pick out your favorite bird colored yarn, let them get creative! Then begin to wind the pom pom maker.
- Once you have made your pom pom, trim up any wayward strands and decide on the best side for your little birdie face.
- Using the googly eyes, dip them in the glue to coat the back and place them where you think it will be best for your little birdie to see the world!
- taking your foam sheet, cut a triangle from it and place the long edge in the glue. Then nestle the beak below the eyes.
- Now the fun part. Take the pipe cleaners and fold them in half. I put my finger tip in the loop at the bottom and give it a couple good twists. then I angle the stem to make a foot/leg like this
6. Take another pipe cleaner and shape your wings. You can shape them however you like, we went with the three loops because, well we did. Who truly knows why!
7. Dip the stems into the glue and then push them into the yarn and snuggle the yarn around the stems.
We left our birdies on the counter to dry for a little over an hour before I let them handle the birds. Then, we had fun finding places that they would nest in the house. Mine took up residency in a fern, well just for a bit. Now he sits on my desk with my son’s and they watch me.
Have fun and enjoy the delight these little guys will bring to your little guys!