Oh Angry Birds, why you so angry?
Can’t get enough of those angry creatures? Why not make one to sit on your desk/table/shelf etc. so you can see their irritated face every day.
What you will need:
*Red, white, black and yellow felt.
*Red, yellow and black thread (optional).
*Black DMC cotton (thick thread, optional).
*Small needle (optional).
*Thin wire/pipe cleaner (not shown, optional).
*Glue (you need a water based one as any other will melt the foam ball. I’m using ‘Tiger Grip’ because you can use it on lots of different surfaces).
*Polyfill (i.e. stuffing. Don’t have any? Use something else soft like cotton balls!, Not shown, optional).
So you will notice I listed a lot of things as ‘optional’, this is because I will show you the simple way of making it (which doesn’t include a lot of the things) and the more advanced way.
I know a lot of people don’t really know how to sew so I wanted to try and keep this blog a little simpler than my earlier DIY crafts.
Cut the bottom of the foam ball using a sharp kitchen knife or stanley knife. NOTE
kids will need to ask their parents for help with this step).
Don’t cut too much, just enough for the ball to stand without rolling.
With a pencil, draw a half circle near the bottom (for the belly) on the foam ball. This will be your guide when sticking the feathers on.
Cut little half ovals out of the white felt, these will be the belly feathers, make sure they are all of similar size. Also make sure they are not too big or small for the size of ball you buy.
Using your glue start sticking the feathers onto the ball. Use your pencil guide to make sure you don’t overdo the white feather. Start from the bottom and then overlay the feathers as you go.
Move onto the red felt and cut same size half ovals out if it, as you will be covering the rest of the ball you need lots!
Frame the white feathers with the red and continue upwards until the entire ball is pretty much covered.
Cut a small diamond out of red felt. Cut around the edges of the diamond to give it more of a feathered look and stop it from being too bland.
Cut out 2 red ‘feather’ shapes (the same as mine) and sew them together with the red thread, leaving bottom open. This shape is for the feathers on the head.
Twist some thin wire/pipe cleaner to fit into the shape to help keep it upright when we attach it to the ball.
Fold the diamond shape you cut earlier in half and cut a little slit in the middle.
Push the feathers and wire/pipe cleaner through the cut.
Push wire/pipe cleaner into top of foam ball and glue it and the diamond into place.
You do not have to sew the feathers together, you can glue them! And you don’t need wire/pipe cleaner if you don’t want it, it just helps the feathers stand up straight.
There are two ways to make the beak, the more advanced way is:
Cut two triangles out of yellow felt. Sew them together leaving bottom open.
Take DMC thread and separate the strands, you only need two. Thread them into the needle and sew around the joins of the beak.
Fill with stuffing. Cut an oval and sew it to seal the opening. Glue beak onto your bird in-between red and white feather.
The easier way is:
Cut a diamond out of yellow felt (making one side longer), fold it and glue it onto your bird in-between red and white feather. So easy!!!
Cut two circles out of black felt and two slightly smaller ones out of white. I sewed mine together but you can just glue them! Next cut out two tiny black dots and sew/glue them on white circles.
Cut a wide V shape out of black felt (for angry angry eyebrows)
and glue everything on bird above beak.
You need to cut the feathers for the tail. Using black felt copy my shape and cut it out. Sew halfway together then twist wire/pipe cleaner into same shape and push it into felt. Cut little hole at botte and push wire through and sew rest of felt up.
Push and glue into back of bird.
Once again you don’t have to sew it or use wire/pipe cleaner, you can just glue it! The wire/pipe cleaner does help it stay in the ball better though
If you want to hang it you can attach fishing line/string to the top!