Felt Bird Ornaments

These beautiful Christmas birds are easy to make and last a lifetime. The basic method is straightforward; it's up to you how sophisticated you want the decorations and details to be.
From: DK Books - Greener
Festive Handmade Felt Bird Ornament

Festive Handmade Felt Bird Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed:

  • felt in assorted colors
  • scissors
  • skewer
  • colored embroidery thread and needle

Step 1

Cut two body and wing shapes and some flower and leaf shapes for each bird. Make a hole in the top of each body shape with a skewer.

Felt Pieces for DIY Holiday Ornament

Felt Pieces for DIY Holiday Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Stitch a flower eye onto the outside of each body shape at the head, then sew some flower and leaf motifs onto the body and wings.

Stitching Together Felt Bird Ornament With Embroidery Thread

Stitching Together Felt Bird Ornament With Embroidery Thread

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Embroider simple patterns onto the felt shapes, then sew the two body shapes together using a blanket stitch. Repeat with the two wing shapes.

Embroidering & Sewing DIY Felt Holiday Ornament

Embroidering & Sewing DIY Felt Holiday Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Cut a slit close to the top of the bird's body and push through the sewn wings. Thread the leather strip through the hole and tie it in a loop.

Attaching Sewn Wings to Holiday Felt Bird Ornament

Attaching Sewn Wings to Holiday Felt Bird Ornament

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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