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

Red Handmade Felt Bird Ornament on Christmas Tree

Festive Handmade Felt Bird Ornament

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

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.

Red Felt Pieces and String for DIY Holiday Ornament

Felt Pieces for DIY Holiday Ornament

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas View original photo.

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 Red Felt Bird Ornament With Embroidery Thread

Stitching Together Felt Bird Ornament With Embroidery Thread

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

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 Red Felt Bird Ornament Body and Wings

Embroidering & Sewing DIY Felt Holiday Ornament

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

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.

Red Felt Bird With Sewn Wings and Leather Tie Attached

Attaching Sewn Wings to Holiday Felt Bird Ornament

2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - A Greener Christmas

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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