I know that it is a little early to start on Christmas crafts.... but, if you don't start now chances are you won't have enough time come December. I have made this cute little pom Cardinal. He is very simple and you could make him into any bird: yellow for canary, blue for bluebird or jay, gray for mockingbird, etc. He would also look adorable on presents. You could add a small gold thread loop to make a hanger for him to be an ornament. Have fun!
Supplies: Red yarn
red, yellow, black felt
red and white pipe cleaners twisted together
tiny black beads, I used the heads of applique pins painted black.
Patterns for felt pieces. Felt needled: red, black and yellow.
Since this bird is tiny, I used old school way. I wrapped the yarn around my fingers about 45 times.
Gently remove wrapped yarn from fingers and tie it in the middle with an 8" piece of yarn. *Tie it tight!
Now snip all of the loops. The long piece of yarn that you used as a tie makes a good handle to hold the pom while you snip.
Now it looks like this. Crazy hair bird! He needs a little trim.
Still holding long tie tails, start trimming your pom. The closer you trim to the center the tighter and more compacted your pom will look. Go ahead and trim, it is not as hard as it seems! It is quite fun. Now you just need to glue tail on first (this makes placement of the wings and face easier), then wings, face, beak then beads. Glue Cardinal to pipe cleaner, which has been twisted into Candy Cane shape. You're finished!!
Wouldn't he look adorable on a real Candy Cane to give as a gift? The wheels of craftiness are turning now!
Have a wonderful and blessed day!