Birds of a Feather
This trendy little feathered bird can hold your grocery list or a personal note to someone special. In only six steps Kathleen George shows us how to make this feathered friend a useful friend. Find this craft and 21 other crafts for kids in our FREE Summer Crafts for Kids eBook.
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- Egg, 3"
- Acrylic paints, colors of choice
- Coordinating craft foam circles, 3/8", two
- Craft feathers, colors of choice
- Wiggle eyes, 1/4", two
- Black string or elastic cord (optional)
- Wooden spring-type clothespin
- Serrated plastic knife
- Wooden skewer
- Round paintbrush
- Disposable palette
- Water basin
- Paper towels
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Thick, white craft glue
(Note: Some adult supervision required; read instructions before beginning. Adults only should handle the serrated knife.)
- Use serrated plastic knife to cut thin slice on a slight angle from narrow end of foam egg; this will be neck. If desired, cut thin slice from one side of egg so body will sit flat.
- Use glue gun to glue clothespin to neck area for head/beak; open end should be at front of bird. Refer to photo.
- Insert skewer into bottom of bird to use as handle. Holding skewer, paint entire bird color of choice; place in heavy glass or jar to dry. Remove skewer.
- Use skewer to poke tiny holes into each side of body for two to four feathers. Apply dot of glue to hole and push tip of feather into it.
- Glue two craft foam circles to opposite sides of clothespin as shown for eyes; glue wiggle eyes to foam. Be sure not to glue clothespin closed. Let dry completely.
- Tie string to wire spring for hanging birds. Insert message into beak.
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