Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Pom Pom Birds

In keeping with my last post, I made some little pom pom birds for Christmas. I was playing around with some pom poms while the kids were in bed and being inspired by our blue wrens I had a go at making some pom pom birds. These are purely my own design and you are welcome to copy them if you like.

For each bird you will need four pom poms; three pom poms the same colour and one in a contrasting colour. Using the purple and green bird as an example, start by making the base, hot glue three pom poms together (one purple and two green). The last pom pom (green) is glued to the top to make a head. Be careful as I burnt my fingers to billyoh in the process as the glue tends to move all over the place!

Next using some thin floral wire (white plastic coated) bend some little feet and legs. I did this using one piece of wire from start to end, but you could use several if you like. By making the legs in one piece the top bend is easy to secure inside the body and gives the bird better stability.

Now to attach the legs. Place some hot glue at the top of the wire legs and poke into the body behind the chest pom pom.

Add some googly eyes and a beak. I used small pieces of card that I cut into a triangle with a fold in the centre to give it two sides (to make a V shape).

Pipe cleaners are easy to bend and attach as a tail. I bent the end into a little hook that I glued to the top of the body to secure it into place, see top photo. There are lots of different options you could try.

And here's the motley crew...tweet tweet!

I have yet to show you what I found at Trash and Treasure on Sunday, although you will think I am bonkers when you see what I bought! Back with some picture soon. Thanks for visiting, Tam x


Vintage Sweetheart said...

What a sweet idea! Next time I see some pom poms I shall buy them and try this!

Vintage Jane said...

They are sooo cute. Amazing what you can come up with when you're fiddling with pompoms!!! M x

Kylie said...

Nothing motley about them Tam. I think they're lovely and you're a clever cookie to come up with them all by yourself. Wouldn't they look sweet perched on a christmas tree...x

polkadotpeticoat said...

These are soooo cute!

vintageandart said...

ohh...you're so clever Tam, love the one with the "blue wren" tail..cute as!!

Unknown said...

How clever of you to use pipe-cleaners; something I have not seen since childhood. My brother and I were given them on long car journeys to keep us busy so I associate them with camping by the sea.

Hello Vintage said...

How cute are these!