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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!

 

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

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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Want more creative pom pom tutorials?

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

 

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

 

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Bren Did :: www.brendid.com

 

 

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.

You can connect with Bren on facebook, instagram and pinterest.

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

 

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How To Make A Hummingbirds Nest : Needle Felting Tutorial

Oh my gosh… it’s SUCH a joy to watch the birds begin to build their nests. We are hoping like mad that a bird will build a nest in our garden. More than anything, we are preying that one of the hundreds of hummingbirds that visit us will build a nest in our avocado tree. A few years ago a friend found a hummingbirds nest in her avo tree and it was the sweetest thing we had ever seen. Mr Hummingbird had fastened two leaves together and had built his teeny-tiny nest between them. It was smaller than a golf ball in diameter and was woven with string, moss, lichen and minute little feathers.Oh the enchantment!

I was thinking about this little nest the other day and, remembering how sweet it was, I could not resist the urge to make my own… with wool, my felting needle and a myraid of little nature treasures I collected, ofcourse. After seeing it, I’m sure you’ll want to make one for yourself and so I have put together a tutorial for you to follow. I have also made a needle felting kit available in my shop with EVERYTHING you’ll need for this wonderful little felting project – you can buy it here :  Needle Felting Kit : Hummingbirds Nest.

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Materials you’ll need :

  • a foam ball about 2 inches in diameter
  • a foam board and needle felting needles
  • variegated brown/grey wool
  • white wool
  • moss
  • sticks
  • burlap string
  • feathers

Start by wrapping a length of the variegated brown wool around half of the foam ball. Needle felt it where it overlaps. The foam ball will allow you to needle felt through the wool and into it. I love this method for making a hollow nest shape. Felt all around the ball until your nest shape is pretty firm.

Use your needle to round the edge of the nest by poking your needle between the ball and the inside layer of wool (as in photo #4)

Gently pull the foam ball away from the wool nest and there you have it… a perfect little hummingbirds nest.

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Now we want to add the nature bits that are so enchanting in hummingbirds nests. Hold the little nest in your hands and gently pull the outside layer of wool into loose tufts.

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Wind a few strands of burlap string randomly around the nest and secure by pulling the loose tufts of wool over the string and felting into the nest with your needle.

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Lay some fluffy white wool in the palm of your hand and place a few feathers on top of the wool.

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Place the nest on your protective needle felting board and line the inside of your nest with this fluffy, feathery wool. Needle felt gently to fasten.

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We also want to fasten some feathers to the outside of the nest. Pull off the bottom part of the feather to expose the quill. If your feather looks too big, break it to the right length and use the top half to feather your nest.

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Insert the sharp quill into the wool and needle felt it in place, pulling a little wool over the quill where you need to fasten it.

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Now, randomly add moss to your nest… a little inside and some more outside.

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There you have it… the sweetest little hummingbird nest in existence. If you are like me, you’ll place it in your avocado tree to try to start a trend and show the real hummingbirds that this tree is a VERY nice tree to build a nest in.

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Notes :

Click here to purchase a hummingbird nest needle felting kit from my shop containing EVERYTHING you’ll need to may a hummingbirds nest just like my own.

Click here to see a photo of my friends hummingbirds nest.

Click here to see me holding a hummingbird in my very own hands and read how this very precious event came about.

Click her to see the other free needle felting tutorials on my Needle Felting Page.

Happy crafting,

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Helping The Birds Make Beautiful Nests

We have really enjoyed watching the birds building their nests this year. We have a family of crows who live in the tree in our back yard.

Apart from the terrible squarking they make in the early mornings, we love them. They are particularly fun to watch when they are building their nests as they choose big sticks to build with, sometimes even longer than themselves. And, they are funny because they bicker and fight and often make each other drop their sticks and then try to find them again.

We have had many a laugh watching them this spring.With our garden birds in mind, we have a tradition of helping them make their nests as comfy as possible.

In years past, we have decorated branches with wool roving for the birds to use as nesting material. But this year, we decided to do something different and made them a yarn ball instead.

 

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We fashioned a bit of wire into a ball to hold the yarn. The birds have been helping themselves all week and we are delighting in the visions of their eggs, nestled comfortably in their colorful yarn nests.

 

To make our yarn balls, we needed nice bendable wire, wire cutters, a ball and bits of yarn.

We cut a long length of wire and wrapped it around the ball to get a round shape, twisting it around itself at the join.

Then we extracted the ball and used the dimensions we already had to make our yarn holder.

When we were finished it looked like a wire pumpkin! We added a little hook for hanging.

Then we cut our yarn into different lengths for the birds.

Stuffed the yarn into our handmade yarn holder.

And hung it in the tree for the birds.

Oh, what pretty nests they’ll have.

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Blessings and magic,
Donni

Handmade Christmas Gifts – Paper Mache Nest.

Our granny loves birds nests. She has a collection of discarded nests that she has picked up on her walks. They are so pretty to look at and a wonder to see how intricately the husband birds have woven them together.

Her love of nests in mind, the kids and I have made her this nest for Christmas.

We made the shell of the nest from paper mache. Teddy enjoyed ripping an old newspaper into long strips.

We use an all natural flour and water recipe to make our paper mache.

* 1 part flour to 5 parts water.
* Mix the flour with about 1 TBS of hot water until if forms a smooth paste. Add boiling water.
* Boil for a few minutes
* Allow to cool

We used balloons as our molds. We blew up the balloons (had a little play with them) and then covered them in strips of the newspaper dipped in the flour paste.

Add layer after layer until the newspaper is thickly packed.

I love this flour paste as I can let my kids get wonderfully messy without fearing that they are also getting covered in nasty chemicals.

Set paper mache balloons in the sun to dry. When dry, use a box cutter to cut an oval opening into them… and, yay, pop the balloons.

We decided to cover our nest in a fragrant mixture of dried chamomile and lavender.

Cover the ‘nests’ in glue and roll them in the dried herbs.

Leave in the sun to dry.

Line the inside with dried moss… we use two different kinds.

Add a few wooden speckled eggs.

We think Granny will LOVE her Christmas gift! (but I must admit that it’s sooooo sweet we can hardly give it away)

Merry Blessings and magic,
Donni

Make a Hummingbird Feeder.

We so love the hummingbirds. They are prolific in our area… visiting our garden often. They remind me of UFO’s… they come ‘whirrrrrrrrrring’ in, hover, and then, faster than lightening, zip off into the air and away. They amuse me and make me smile.
Kitty want’s them to stay. She gets frustrated with their fleeting visits. So, in an effort to tempt our hummingbird friends to stay a little longer than they do, we made humming bird feeders.
We needed:
* A pretty, vintage bottle (picked up at a garage sale)
* A Hummingbird stopper (from our local garden shop. You might also find these at pet stores or hardware stores)
* Thin wire
* Pliers
* My trusty old glue gun
This is what the hummingbird stopper looks like.
We used our pliers to cut off a small bit of wire. I used the fine on the pliers to file the ends a little so that they were no longer sharp. We twisted it loosely around the top of the bottle.
We cut a longer length of wire that would fit around the bottle. We molded it to the shape of the bottle and threaded it through the loose top loop of wire.
We cut it and tightened it. Then we cut and tightened the top loop around the top of the bottle to hold the other wire in place.
I used my glue gun to stick the wire in place at the base of the bottle. I used a spoon to stick the wire down… once the glue has cooled and stuck (takes only seconds) the spoon breaks away easily.
We filled our bottle with hummingbird nectar, one blue for Teddy and one pink for Kitty (you can make your own with 1/4 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water and just a little colorful food coloring).
We turned our hummingbird feeder upside down and attached a nice bright and colorful ribbon to it (to attract the hummingbirds) and waited.

We didn’t have to wait long… with in the hour, there was a beautifully colorful hummingbird feasting from our feeder. Yay… what excitement.
Blessings and magic,
Donni

Lanterns, pressed sweet peas and little birdies.

For some reason, Little Miss K decided that she did not want to make a butterfly lantern with Mr T the other day… Oh NO! She had something much more daring in mind. She had pressed some of our sweet peas a while back and has been saving them for something REALLY special.

A Summer Lantern was just the thing. She carefully undid her flower press to
reveal her beautifully preserved blooms…

Wonderfully colorful petals and leaves and intricately twirled suckers.

She used some glue to stick them to her yellow, sun-colored lantern.
And then we used my hot glue gun to stick little birdies that we had bought from a craft store into place. She chose a hot pink ribbon to hang her lantern in her room. It is a ‘day lantern’ she says… it is to remind her that the sun gives us all life… oh, the sweet innocence of the 6 year-old mind!

I aslo wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have commented so sweetly on my new banner. Thank you! It is the result of a few lessons in Photoshop. It’s fair to say that I have a new hobby… playing with photos. Oh… is there no end to fun things to learn?
Blessings and magic,
Donni

Darling Little Birdseed Cakes.

I have been wanting to make these sweet little birdseed cakes for ages.
birdseed feeders cakes

YAY, I finally remembered to buy gelatine at the supermarket… it has been on my shopping list for months but, alas, it was one of those things I just could NOT remember. At last, as I was looking through the spice isle for Cream of Tatar (to make playdough), GELATINE! suddenly popped into my head.
We have made the peanut-butter-on-pine-cone-feeders many times before and so were very excited to try something different. K is not a peanut butter person and it has always worried her that perhaps some birds wouldn’t like peanut butter either. Sweet child.
Here are the simple ingredients;
1 oz Gelatine
Birdseed
Boiling Water
Molds
Yarn or string (for hanging loops)

ingredients for making gelatine birdseed feeders In a mixing bowl, add 1 oz Gelatine and 1 cup of boiling water and stir until all of the Gelatine has dissolved.

Then add birdseed. We used about 3 cups but this amount will depend on the kind of birdseed you use. You want the mixture to be pretty stiff.
mixing up the gelatine and birdseed for our birdseed cakes
Spoon the mixture into your molds.

Cut your yarn for the hanging loops, knot one end and stick the knot into each seed cake. Cover the knot with a little birdseed mixture to make sure it will set firmly.
Now, you have to wait for the Gelatine to set. This takes quite a while, so amuse yourself in the meantime by making yarn earrings…
You can leave the cakes at room temperature to set. We, however, wanted them to set as quickly as possible, so we put them in the fridge.
To get the sweet little cakes out of the mold, dip the mould quickly into hot water. They should slide right out.
Voila! Birdseed cakes for the birds.
pretty little heart shaped birdseed cakes that are hard and durable

We have hung ours all over our garden and have taken great delight in watching the birds twitter around them. Our birds are VERY happy with their new treats!
pretty birdseed cakes for the birds
Blessings and magic,
Donni

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From Nest to Fledgling.

Have you entered our Mother’s Day Giveaway with Periwinkle Sky? If you haven’t, pop over to this post for your chance to win her beautifully illustrated book, ‘My Mother Gave Me the Moon.” In honor of Mother’s Day, I am delighted to share the story of our resident House Finches with you…
Our little front porch has been a hive of activity. At first we noticed a little House Finch couple building a nest on the inside of the porch pillar. We watched in delight as Mr Finch brought stick and grass and intertwined them into a wonderfully sturdy nest. Then he lined it with fluff, some of which, we are sure, came from our ‘Wool Tree’. Yay… the excitement! All the while, Mrs Finch twittered and flapped nearby. She helped now and then and at last her nest was ready.
Then we noticed her sitting in the nest. She sat for hours, days, and we assumed she had laid her eggs. We waited.
It was when Mr Finch started to make a terrible racket whenever we used our front door that we realized his eggs had hatched. We obliged him by using our side door instead. We watched as the new parents worked tirelessly to feed their chicks…

It was an exciting day when we saw the scrawny little chicks for the first time. At first they were silent when their parents brought them food, stretching out their long necks and opening their mouths wide. But soon they became noisy little things, the presence of their mom or dad sending them into a frenzy of pleading for the treat they were bringing.

We counted that there were 4 chicks. We watched them hustle and scramble for pole position in the nest. We watched them grow. We watched their feathers appear.

Every day, they seemed to double in size.
We noticed how cramped their nest became. We watched as, encouraged by Mr and Mrs Finch, they started to balance on the edge of the nest and flap their wings. They practiced for days… never quite brave enough to take flight.
They became little birds before our eyes.
And then today, as we watched, the first little chick teetered nervously, flapped his wings and, lo and behold, he became a fledgeling. He flew! Just a few yards into the Bower Vine, but he did it. Soon he was followed by his sister. The other two tried but just weren’t brave enough… they stayed safe and sound in the home they have known for 11 days. Perhaps they will fly tomorrow? Perhaps the next day.

I watch Mr and Mrs Finch with a mixture of excitement and sadness. They have worked tirelessly to ready their babies to leave them. And I realize that this is the job of the parent.

Blessings and magic.

Make a No-Knit Yarn Nest.

A few weeks ago, to K’s utter delight, we discovered a little nest in the eves inside our front porch. We have been watching Mr and Mrs House Finch building this nest from our front window. K has been consumed… it reminds me, a little uncomfortably, of myself when the first Big Brother came out.
Whenever I ask if she’d like to make something, the answer is always… ‘a nest! Oh please, Mommy, can we make a nest?’
So today, we made a nest.
As I’m no knitter… (I can’t knit… shock horror!) I have been thinking of ways to make a nest using yarn that doesn’t require knitting. This is what we came up with…
What you’ll need is:
* Glue or Hodge Podge
* Water
* A baloon
* Scissors
* Yarn

We blew up the balloons to the right size for a nest.
We cut long strips of the yarn.
I lined a glass dish with a plastic packet for easy clean-up later and filled it with glue. I added enough water to the glue to make it about the consistency of milk.
We dipped the yarn into the glue mixture and wrapped it around the balloon, making sure to keep the yarn in a nest shape.
When our nests were wrapped around the balloons, we set them in the sun to dry.

When they were dry, we popped the balloons with a pin and our perfect little nest were left.

They have been treasured playthings all day and K is so delighted to be able to play ‘Birdie-in-a-nest’!
Blessings and magic.

Make a Mossy Spring Wreath.

To welcome Spring into our home, we made a Mossy Spring Wreath to hang on our front door. It has a golden bow, little spring-colored paper roses and a tiny nest with robin’s eggs inside it and we say ‘Hello Spring’ whenever we open our door!
a mossy spring wreath with paper roses and blue robin's eggs
This is what we need:
* A wreath frame
* Dried Moss (found at a craft store)
* Tacky Glue
* Sticks for spreading the glue
* Hot glue gun
* Paper flowers
* Pretty Spring-colored ribbon
* Little blue eggs (make your own using this tutorial or find some at a craft store)
* A nest (make your own from grape vine or find one at a craft store

Cover the wreath with ample glue…

Find a little boy to help you spread the glue using the sticks.
And then I’m sure he’d love to help you stick the moss to the wreath.
When you have generously covered the wreath with moss, making sure that no part of the original wreath frame shows, leave it in the sun until the glue is dry.
When it is dry, find a little girl to help you trim the straggly bits of moss so that your mossy wreath looks neat.
With your glue gun, put a blob of glue onto the moss where you want the nest to go. Stick it on fast. Use your glue gun again to gently stick the little blue robins eggs into the nest. Use your glue gun again to stick the pretty paper roses into place.


Hang your pretty Spring wreath with the ribbon, tying a lovely bow at the top and Voila! What a pretty wreath you have to welcome in the Spring!

Blessings and magic to you today!