Here's how to make them, easy and quick...a bit feather-y...but so much fun! This post is a bit picture heavy, but trust me, this project is so easy to make and the kids love em!
Scissors, tiny craft pins, small black buttons, ribbon for beak and feet, embroidery floss to make a loop to hang on the tree and a curved needle, often used for tying quilts and/or suturing festering wounds....
2. Thanksgiving day, you could have several cheeks pre-cut and let the kidlettes choose their favorites. I am also going to have all my balls pre-strung with the floss.
3. Cut a length of ribbon for the beak, approximately 3 to 4 inches. Be generous because you can trim it later if too long. In the middle of the ribbon, you are going to bend it like in the picture. This is so you can pin the beak on. I can't describe this move in words....Just look at picture.
4. Pin beak on. One pin in the top loop, and one in the bottom loop. Arrange beak so it is open wide.
5. Position cheeks in a way that is pleasing to you. for me, this is slightly below the top of the beak. Glue in place.
6. Glue on eye buttons. Position them so they are in the top corner of the cheek, with the edge of the button slightly hanging over the cheek. This is for optimal cuteness.
7. Take another 3 inch length of ribbon, fold it in half in the shape of a V.
8. Pin feet ribbon on in 3 spots. One at the top and one on each foot. This is so your feet stick out at the appropriate angle.
9. Cut off a bit of red boa...glue to top of head, be careful of thread. The reason I have you glue on the comb before the white feathers is so you know where the top is. Be careful and hold the comb up when you're putting the white feathers around it, or you will glue the comb down. Enjoy the adorableness you have made thus far. Ohhhhh I just want to squish you!
11. Cut a bit of the white boa off...separate into feather and fluff...chunks. The face needs smaller bits of feather and fluff, but you can cover wide swaths of backside with larger pieces.
12. Start gluing. I just glue a small section and stick on feathers. I start around the face first. After the entire ball is covered in feathers and fluff, I trim around the eyes if they are being obscured like in this picture.
13. Be prepared for feather fluff to go....everywhere. Up the nose, in your hair...use this extra fluff to cover any glue-y spots that aren't covered in feathers.
While feasting, let these little fluff-balls dry.
Thanks for reading!!
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