I was recently visited by an inquisitive momma bird as I sat drinking my coffee. It was an unusually warm and sunny morning and the arrival of my feathered friend cheerfully announced what I had suspected…
Spring is on the way!
I love to watch birds build their nests and prepare for the arrival of new hatchlings. We have a tree outside our kitchen window that is home to a family of wrens. We love to see them
return each spring and enjoy tracking the babies all summer long.
The tiny baby birds are so adorable that my daughter often wishes she could hold one in her hand.
We remedied this desire by creating Simple Pom Pom Blue Birds. These sweet little birds live in a mossy nest atop our bookcase and are always ready for cuddles and love. They are perfect for an Easter basket or play time.
I’m happy to share the DIY tutorial with you below…
Simple Pom Pom Blue Birds
This simple pom pom craft can be made in minutes using basic craft supplies. Add a nest made from twigs and dried Spanish moss for an adorable woodland friend.
- Blue yarn and cream yarn
- Embroidery floss or thread
- Hand sewing needle
- 4 mm black beads for eyes
- Orange craft felt
- Fabric glue or school glue
- Lightweight cardboard (use an empty cracker or cereal box)
- Table fork
Pom poms are easy to make with a cardboard template or a fork. It may take you a try or two to get the hang of these techniques, but you will soon be a pom pom pro!
Step 1: Make the bird’s body.
- Cut an 8 x 3 inch rectangle out of lightweight cardboard to use a a template. Fold the rectangle in half length wise and cut a slit 2/3 of the way up the center.
2. Cut a 8 inch piece of blue yarn or embroidery floss. Thread it through the center slit of the cardboard template. This will be the center tie to hold the pom poms together. (Tip: If your yarn is weak or prone to breakage use embroidery floss for your center tie.)
3. Wrap blue yarn around the cardboard template 50-60 times as shown. The more yarn the fluffier the pom pom.
4. Wrap cream yarn around the cardboard template 40-50 times as shown.
5. Knot the center tie around the yarn twice, pulling as tightly as possible. (Tip: Have a partner hold the string down with their finger as though you were
tying ribbon on a present.)
6. Slide the pom pom off the template.
7. Cut through the loops on both ends. (Do not cut through the center tie.) Trim the ends of the center tie the same length as the pom pom.
8. Roll the pom pom in your hands to shape it into a ball and trim into a perfect sphere.
9. Trim the sides and bottom of the pom pom so they are flat as shown.
10. Trim the pom pom front and top into a rounded teardrop shape for the bird’s body.
Step 2: Make the bird’s head.
- Cut a 6-8 inch piece of yarn and thread through the middle tines of a fork. This will be the center tie to hold the pom pom together. (Tip: If your yarn is weak or prone to breakage use embroidery floss for your center tie.)
2. Wrap blue yarn around the tines of the fork 40-50 times. The more yarn the fluffier the pom pom.
3. Tie the center tie around the yarn twice, pulling as tightly as possible. (Tip: Have a partner hold the string down with their finger as though you were
tying ribbon on a present. )
4. Slide the yarn off the fork and cut through the loops on both ends. (Do not cut through the center tie. ) Trim the ends of the center tie the same length as the
5. Roll the pom pom in your hands to shape it into a ball and trim into a perfect sphere.
Step 3: Assemble the bird.
- Use thread or embroidery floss to stitch the pom poms together. Try to get the needle through the center tie of each pom pom. (Tip: You can also glue the pom poms together, but thread is more secure.)
2. Trim the pom poms if necessary to make into the exact bird shape.
3. Use a needle to slightly fray the bird’s tail feathers.
4. Cut a two tiny triangles from craft felt for the beak.
5. Use glue to attach the eyes and beak. Make a small divot in the yarn to hide the glue.
6. Enjoy your pom pom blue birds!
More Pom Pom Fun
Baby birds are a sure sign of spring! Check out these adorable pom pom friends for your baby chick.
Want more creative pom pom tutorials?
Click the image below to visit Bren Did and learn to make this sweet little duckling.
Click the image below to visit Fireflies & Mudpies and get the adorable baby chick pattern.
This sweet Easter tutorial was brought to you by my friend Bren from the blog Bren Did. It’s such a lovely site with so many wonderful crafting, cooking and easy-home-cleaning tutorials. Please pay her a visit … you’ll be hooked on her like I am.
Blessings and magic,