Category Archives: Spring Crafts

How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

How To Make Immune Boosting Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers

Teddy and his friends play out in the snow for hours each day. When they come inside at last, when the sun is setting and the night is creeping in, they all have rosy cheeks and frozen hands that they need to warm up, pronto.  I have a little trick to help them.

Together, we made sweet heart hand warmers out of an old cashmere sweater that had a little moth damage.

The hearts are filled with wheat berries and essential oil. We pop them in the microwave for a minute or so and they become the perfect little things for warming chilly fingers, fast.

 

How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

These cashmere heart hand warmers are super easy to make and a wonderful Valentine’s craft for you and your little Valentines to enjoy together.

 

Materials Needed to Make a Cashmere Heart Hand Warmer :

– A cashmere sweater, ready for recycling (thrift stores are a good place to find them)

– Wheat berries (from grocery stores, craft stores or pet shops)

– Needle & thread

– Pencil & paper

– Sharp scissors

 

Here’s How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers :

Tip :: Here is an easy cheat-sheet for you to pin to Pinterest so that you can find this tutorial later when you are looking for it. Trust me… half my time is spent looking for tutorials on Pinterest!

 

How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

First, we felt the cashmere sweater by popping it into the washing machine. Add detergent and wash it on the HOT cycle. The detergent and HOT water will shrink the cashmere, weaving the fibers tightly together and making the cashmere easy to work, sew and craft with and making sure the yarn doesn’t unravel when cut.

After washing it, put the cashmere sweater into the dryer on the HOTTEST setting you have. This hot drying cycle will felt the cashmere fibers even more.

Draw a heart shape on a piece of paper. Draw your heart about 4 inches in diameter… just the right size to warm a little fingers.

Cut out your paper heart with sharp scissors.

Pin the heart onto the recently felted sweater with a needle. Use this paper heart as a stencil to cut a few heart shapes from the wool.

Each hand warmer will need two cashmere heart shapes that you will sew together.

TIP :: If you feel up to the challenge, I will share a shortcut I devised to speed this stage up a little (I had a long list little boys who requested heart hand warmers!). I drew and cut out half a heart from the paper and then folded the cashmere in half too, pinning the heart to the center fold in the cashmere. I cut around the heart on the doubled up felt, leaving the centerfold intact, so that when I un-pinned it and opened it up, I had a beautiful cashmere heart.

 

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Put two cashmere hearts on top of each other. Sew them together around the outside with a simple embroidery stitch, leaving about half an inch open at the base of the heart that we will use to fill with wheat berries. Please don’t get too worked up about the neatness of your sewing… as long as your stitches are even, your edges will look perfect when your heart hand warmers are done.

Tip :: Do not cut the thread short… leave a good amount of thread loose that you can use for closing the heart’s opening later.

 

How To Make Cashmere Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Slowly and with care, turn the heart inside out by pushing the top of the heart through the un-sewed opening you left for the wheat berries.

Look at your edges now. They are neat and tidy and look like they have been perfectly sewn. Ha! Well done!

Fill the heart with wheat berries.

Tip :: For added yumminess, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the wheat berries before putting them into the hearts. This will ensure that yours will be the best smelling cashmere hand warmer hearts in town! In my home, our oil of the moment is On Guard… a protective blend that is an immune booster and has so far kept me and my little ones flu free this whole winter long. Did you know that I’m a doTerra Wellness Advocate? If you want to chat with me about how oils can help your family, please don’t hesitate to contact me. If you want to simply buy an essential oil (like On Guard) or find out more about why I love doTerra oils, I have a whole PAGE full of oil information.

 

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Stuff your cashmere heart well, using your forefinger to gently push the wheat berries into the heart. The plumper you can get your heart, the better it will look and feel to those cold little hands.

 

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With the cashmere heart stuffed with wheat berries, sew the opening closed using the loose thread you left earlier.

Voila! The best smelling, most immune boosting, cashmere heart hand warmers in the world.

 

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Now, when Teddy and the boys come in from playing in the snow, I have these hand warmers warm and ready, waiting for frozen little fingers to warm.

The boys have even taken to warming them up and stuffing them into their pockets to warm their hands on the go.

 

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Your little ones will be glad for this fun and loving Valentines Day craft.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Make delightful FAIRY BABIES for your little ones with this easy DIY NEEDLE FELTING tutorial on The Magic Onions blog

DIY Crafting Video :: Fairy Babies

Oh my gosh… I’ve been having so much fun!

I stepped out of my comfort zone and into a place that I NEVER thought I’d venture into… YouTube.  Eeeek!

 

My 12 year old daughter encouraged me. ‘It’s all in YouTube these day’s Mom’, she said.

 

She critiqued my video and had a lot of suggestions of improvement but gave me the go-ahead to put it up.

 

So, here it is ::  The Magic Onions YouTube channel. Pop on over, have a look around and subscribe.

 

If you’d prefer to watch on here, I’ve added this video tutorial on how to make the sweetest fairy babies (you might have to put the volume up a little as I haven’t quite worked out how to set the right volume on the video yet)…

 

 

I’ve also recorded this same tutorial in photographs if that’s more your style. You can find it here.

 

Make delightful FAIRY BABIES for your little ones with this easy DIY NEEDLE FELTING tutorial on The Magic Onions blog

Yay for new adventures!

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

New Fairy Garden Kits

I’ve had the most wonderfully creative weekend designing new DIY fairy garden kits for the shop.

It’s my most favorite work activity of all – designing new enchantments. I get to play with flower fairies and magical miniature things all day long. And my camera, of course, which I love.

The kids join in from time to time with suggestions and ideas and end up sidetracked into a magical fairy garden world of their own.

It turns out to be a happy family collaboration.

I will be listing all the kits in the shop this week but, for now, Baby Emily Sweet Pea and her magical fairy garden are ready for enchanted adventures (purchase)

 

Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

 

Isn’t this a delightful fairy garden kit!

It comes with these magical miniature treasures : a flower fairy or gnome of your choice, a sweet squirrel friend, mini toadstools, robins egg nest, a sparkly star, a clam shell full of colorful shining gems, a magic crystal ball, wood rounds and stepping stones, a miniature peg with thread, two wood spools, various twigs and bark, a felted acorn, paper flowers, a feather butterfly and various types and colors of moss.

Customers can choose from 9 flower fairies and gnomes but you’ll have to pop over to the shop to see them… I’ll put it this way… it will be difficult to decide upon your favorite… they are ALL so lovely.

There are so many fun options for imaginative and creative fairy gardening.

But I know you want to see more photos so here you go…

 

Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

 

This is Emily Lucy Sweet Pea. She is darling!

 

Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

It’s a good idea to pin this next image to Pinterest so that you can find this kit easily next time you are trying to think of a magical birthday present for the little fairy-lovers in your life.

Make the most enchanting fairy gardens with this FAIRY GARDEN DIY KIT IN A BOX from The Magic Onions Shop

 

Please don’t forget to enter your fairy garden into this years Fairy Garden Contest.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Finger Knitted Flower Tutorial

Finger Knitted Yarn Flowers :: A DIY Tutorial for Kids

Last week, I promised I’d share Teddy’s DIY finger knitted flower tutorial.

 

Finger Knitted Flower : DIY Tutorial for Kids

 

Teddy’s been finger knitting like a wild-man and we’ve made so many beautiful creations from the fruits of his labor.

 

Finger Knitted Flower Tutorial

 

I have already shared an easy finger knitting tutorial with you so that you can teach your child this wonderful skill. Finger knitting is a very calming activity and is great for strengthening hand-eye coordination in children.

Your little one will be so proud of the gorgeous goodies he can make from a few minutes of hard work.

 

Finger Knitting for Kids :: DIY Tutorial

 

METHOD :

  1. to make our finger knitted flower, Teddy finger knitted a three-foot length of yarn rope from lovely rainbow colored yarn.
  2. he then finger knitted this three-foot yarn rope a second time so that it was nice and fat.
  3. we rolled the fat yarn rope into a spiral and used a needle and thread to sew the spiral into place so that it will not unravel.
  4. with garden scissors, we cut a twig from the garden tree that had a small branch coming off to the left.
  5. we cut out a green felt leaf and stuck it, using a hot glue gun, onto the twig branch.
  6. we again used the hot glue gun to stick the yarn flower spiral onto the top of the twig and put our pretty flower into a vase.

 

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Teddy’s pretty finger knitted flower is sitting on my desk and has brightened my day a million times.

Here is another great finger knitting project for kids. This finger knitted rug was made by the 9 year old children at Maple Village Waldorf School.

 

Gorgeous FINGER KNITTED rug made by the 9 year olds at Maple Village Waldorf School on The Magic Onios Blog

 

If you have enjoyed this DIY tutorial for kids, I think you’ll love my other yarn crafting tutorials too.

Here are some other fun spring crafting projects.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Finger Knitting for Kids :: DIY Tutorial

Finger Knitting For Kids :: An Easy DIY Tutorial

As you may know, Teddy recently fell out of a tree and injured his liver. He has recovered very well. Thanks for all your well wishes and the healing vibes you sent him. They worked.

But, for the next 4 months, he is under strict activity restrictions. He can’t do anything that may result in forceful trauma to his abdomen… which, if you really think about it, is just about any kind of activity faster than a walk… no running, no sport, not playing outside games with friends.

This has tested us greatly as Teddy, like all 8 year olds, is a very active little guy.

One pastime he has enjoyed picking up again, is finger knitting. He learned to finger knit at his Waldorf school in Kindergarten. Lately, he has rediscovered that he loves finger knitting and has finger knitted snakes and jump-ropes (for his friends) and flowers (for his mom). He is a finger knitting machine.

 

Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too.

 

I love to watch him finger knit. It’s such a calming activity and I find it beautiful to watch the concentration on his face as we works away. And the wonderful look of accomplishment when he has created something.

I thought I’d share a DIY finger knitting tutorial with you.

All you need is pretty yarn.

 

Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too.

 

  1. tie a simple slipknot into the end of the yarn and slide it onto your forefinger. Teddy is right-handed, so he slips it onto his left fore-finger. Wiggle the knot to about where your first knuckle joint is.
  2. loop the yarn over your forefinger, next to and on the finger-tip side of the slipknot.
  3. take the first loop (the slipknot loop at this stage) and pull it over the second loop and off your forefinger so that only one loop remains on your finger.
  4. Pull the tail so that the stitch tightens. Again make a second loop of yarn over your forefinger, pull the first loop over the second loop and off your finger again … continue until you have a long finger knitted rope.

Here are the steps in nice large photos for you to see :

 

Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too. Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too. Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too. Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too. Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too.

 

Teddy used rainbow yarn and rolled up his finger knitted rope into a pretty flower. I’ll share the finger knitted flower tutorial with you soon.

 

Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too. Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too.

 

Here are some other fun finger knitting projects for kids …

 

Teach kids how to FINGER KNIT with this easy tutorial. Included are fun FINGER KNITTING PROJECTS too.

 

 

 

Here is another great finger knitting project for kids. This finger knitted rug was made by the 9 year old children at Maple Village Waldorf School.

 

Gorgeous FINGER KNITTED rug made by the 9 year olds at Maple Village Waldorf School on The Magic Onios Blog

 

You’ll be amazed at how quickly your little one picks up finger knitting… especially if you spend a few minutes sitting with her and working on your own finger knitting alongside her.

If you’ve enjoyed this fun kid-friendly tutorial, I think you’ll enjoy these other yarn crafting projects too.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Flower Mobile :: Earth Day DIY Activity :: Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Nature Mobile :: DIY Earth Day Celebrations :: Waldorf Activities

Earth Day, April 22nd, is an BIG day in the Sunny House. We celebrate it as if it is Mother Earth’s Birthday. Raising environmentally aware children has been an important part of our parenting and My Good Man and I are proud that our children are truly and authentically earth-conscious. They refuse, reuse and recycle as if it’s the most normal thing to do.

I have shared a wonderful Discovering Waldorf article on Waldorf-inspired Earth Day traditions that has lots of great ideas for creating a fun and meaningful Earth Day celebration.

Making a DIY nature mobile is a great way to get into the spirit of Earth Day. We made our Earth Day mobile as a birthday gift to Mother Earth and I’m sharing our easy and fun tutorial with you here.

 

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It looks so pretty hanging in the Sunny House.

 

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We started our nature mobile by going on an afternoon walk and collecting a basket-full of pretty gifts from the earth… flowers, leaves, ferns, seeds, sticks. We were amazed at how bountiful Mother Earth’s gifts are… and how beautiful too.

 

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Materials needed for a Nature Mobile :

  •  – Sculpey clay
  •  – Nature bits
  •  – a rolling pin
  •  – string
  •  – a long twig

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1.  In our hands, we rolled the Sculpey clay into balls (about 1 diameter in size). Then we flattened them into circles with the rolling pin, making sure not to make them too thin.

2.  We chose nature bits (flowers, leaves, sticks) from our collection and pressed them, firmly, into the clay.

 

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3.  When we gently removed the nature bits from the clay and gasped at the lovely imprints they had made in the clay.

 

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4.  Some of the leaves and flowers looked so pretty in the clay and so we decided to leave them there.

 

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5. We used a stick to make holes in the top of each circle.

6.  We baked the clay circles in a warm oven, following the instructions on the sculpey package (250 degrees F for 15 minutes.)

 

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7. We removed the clay circles from the oven, letting them cool completely and then strung them onto the twig to make the most beautiful nature mobile.

 

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I wasn’t sure that the leaves and flowers would stay beautiful through baking them in the oven… but they did. They hardly even changed color and are now dehydrated into the clay circles and will last for ages.

 

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I couldn’t resist taking a photo of our nature mobile this morning as the run rose. Can you see the rays of early morning sunshine coming through the window to greet our pretty mobile?

We have lots of other nature-inspired crafts and activities in the archives that I’m sure you’ll enjoy doing with your little ones.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Edible Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

Edible Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial

We have a family Easter tradition of dying eggs with natural, edible, dyes. We’ve used just about every natural dye we can find… blueberries, onion skins, beets, turmeric, to name just a few… and each year, our results are always a little different. This adds to the excitement – what will they do this year?

Here’s a DIY tutorial from a few years ago. I love looking at these photos so much… look how little Teddy was.

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Edible Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs :: DIY Tutorial :: www.theMagicOnions.com

It’s such fun to eat our colorful eggs too.

I’d love to see a photo of your edible Easter Eggs.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: from The Magic Onions Bog

Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: DIY

We planted a pretty little SPRING garden in some sea shells. It looks adorable and brings a burst of Easter color into our home. Kitty has stolen it for her room. All of our best creations end up in there.

 

Plant a Shell Garden for Spring :: from The Magic Onions Bog

 

All you need to plant your own shell garden are some medium sized shells and some pretty Spring plants of the dwarf variety.

 

Plant a Shell Garden for Spring :: from The Magic Onions Bog

 

The feather butterfly was Kitty’s idea. Sweet, isn’t it?

 

Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: from The Magic Onions Bog

 

1.  To plant, remove the plants from their pots and gently loosen the roots so that the excess soil falls away.

 

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2.  Clean the shells.

 

Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: from The Magic Onions Bog

 

3.  For the shells that don’t want to stand properly (the lazy ones who just want to fall over and sleep all the time) glue an O ring onto the shell’s base with glue from a hot glue gun. The O ring balances the shell so that it stays upright.

 

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4.  Plant the plants into the shells.

 

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5.  Water the plants by spraying them with a spray bottle filled with water.

 

Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: from The Magic Onions Bog

 

6.  Add a pretty little feather butterfly.

 

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Now to steal them back from Kitty’s room.

 

Miniature Spring Garden planted in a Shell :: from The Magic Onions Bog

 

It’s so exciting that Spring is nearly here. Yay!

Here are some more delightful DIY Spring crafts from the archives.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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DIY Pom Pom Blue Birds for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

DIY Pom Pom Blue Bird Craft :: Easter and Spring Crafting

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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Materials:

  •  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
  •  Scissors
  •  Lightweight cardboard (use an empty cracker or cereal box)
  •  Table fork

 

Directions:

 

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.

 

  1. 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.

 

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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.)

 

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3. Wrap blue yarn around the cardboard template 50-60 times as shown. The more yarn the fluffier the pom pom.

 

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4. Wrap cream yarn around the cardboard template 40-50 times as shown.

 

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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.)

 

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6. Slide the pom pom off the template.

 

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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.

 

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8. Roll the pom pom in your hands to shape it into a ball and trim into a perfect sphere.

 

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9. Trim the sides and bottom of the pom pom so they are flat as shown.

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10. Trim the pom pom front and top into a rounded teardrop shape for the bird’s body.

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Step 2: Make the bird’s head.

  1. 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.)

 

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2. Wrap blue yarn around the tines of the fork 40-50 times. The more yarn the fluffier the pom pom.

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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. )

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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
pom pom.

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5. Roll the pom pom in your hands to shape it into a ball and trim into a perfect sphere.

DIY Pom Pom Blue Birds for Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Step 3: Assemble the bird.

  1. 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.)

 

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2. Trim the pom poms if necessary to make into the exact bird shape.

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3. Use a needle to slightly fray the bird’s tail feathers.

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4. Cut a two tiny triangles from craft felt for the beak.

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5. Use glue to attach the eyes and beak. Make a small divot in the yarn to hide the glue.

DIY Pom Pom Blue Birds for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

6. Enjoy your pom pom blue birds!

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More Pom Pom Fun

Baby birds are a sure sign of spring! Check out these adorable pom pom friends for your baby chick.

 

DIY Pom Pom Blue Birds for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Want more creative pom pom tutorials?

Click the image below to visit Bren Did and learn to make this sweet little duckling.

 

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Ducks for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Click the image below to visit Fireflies & Mudpies and get the adorable baby chick pattern.

 

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Easter Chicks for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

DIY Yarn Pom Pom Blue Birds for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com DIY Yarn Pom Pom Blue Birds for Simple Spring and Easter Crafting :: www.theMagicOnions.com

 

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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.

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Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

 

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DIY Felt Flower Hair Barrettes for Spring

Teddy’s friend is having a birthday and we decided to make her some pretty felt hair barrettes. Because it’s SPRING here in Southern California, we chose pretty pastel colors.

I’m happy to share the DIY tutorial with you below…

 

Make DIY Felt Flower Hair Clips for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog

 

I think she’ll love them, don’t you?

 

Make DIY Felt Flower Hair Clips for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog

 

All you’ll need is pretty felt in spring pastel colors, hair barrettes and a hot glue gun.

They are pretty simple to make once you have mastered the flower-making technique.

 

Make DIY Felt Flower Barettes for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog

Make DIY Felt Flower Barettes for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog

 

1.  Use scissors to cut the felt into a scalloped spiral about 6 inches in diameter. My favorite felt-cutting scissors are small and sharp and I turn the felt as I cut instead of the scissors.

2.  Roll the scalloped spiral of felt into a flower.  Start with the outside of the spiral. Roll it up on itself, keeping the petals even on top.

3.  You can let the center (bottom) of the flower span outward a little. And even pull the petals a little to widen your flower into an open shape.

4.  When you come to the round center of the spiral at the end, put a little glue onto the underside of the felt and stick it over the bottom to hide the messy rolled up felt.

 

Make DIY Felt Flower Hair Clips for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog

 

Put a little glue from a hot glue gun onto the back of the felt flower and stick it onto the barrette.

Which is your favorite color?

 

Make DIY Felt Flower Hair Barettes for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog Make DIY Felt Flower Hair Clips for Spring with The Magic Onions Blog

These lovely felt flowers can be used in so many projects. I have used them to make fairy garden furniture and felt flower ornaments for the Christmas tree.

Looking for other fun spring crafts… check out these awesome nature bookmarks.

Here are some of my other Spring crafts from the archives.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

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