This fancy feather craft is an amusing tropical bird that is actually a decorative planter stick. Sure to perk up any plant. Make it for yourself or to give as a gift. You can, in fact, give away a plant to go with it.
This picture shows a valentines craft theme, but you can change the color for any holiday or occasion. Pink also looks fantastic and resembles a flamingo! Cute for any of us who wish we lived in warmer climates, and for those who do! Black is excellent for Halloween, or adds a little glam to an occasion (especially if you sprinkle on a little glitter).
This is one of our easy craft ideas, but if you’re doing it with seniors, some participants may have elderly issues that limit handling small items, so may need extra help.
(If you’d like to see more crafts for Valentine’s Day, go to Festive Valentines Crafts).
Making the Bird
You will need:
- 1 medium small Styrofoam ball, for the body
- 1 small ball for the head
- 1 white pipe cleaner (or other color to go with your color scheme) for the neck
- Pack of craft feathers, to go with your color scheme
- A long wooden kabob skewer
- Small square of black colored paper, to cut the beak
- 2 small googly eyes
- Red or pink marker for the cheeks
- Craft glue (I used Tacky glue) or glue gun
Cut the pipe cleaner in half, and use just one piece for the neck. Curve it in the shape of an S, then put one end in the body and one end in the head. I insert it towards the middle of the ball, to maintain better balance.
Next, put a little glue on the end of the skewer and then push it into the bottom of the body.
Now it’s feather craft time. Start sticking feathers in around the body. Don’t overdo it. I just put a few on the head. The feathers have a stiff, sharp end, so should push right in.
You can also make a small hole with a toothpick or push pin, and then push in the feathers. But this shouldn’t be necessary. I used a contrasting color (white) for tail and wings. They had longer feathers, and the rest of the body used shorter feathers. The feathers can be cut shorter with a scissors, as needed.
For the beak, fold the piece of small paper in half. Cut a triangle shape, with the wide base of the triangle on the fold. Then open it up. Make a small slit into the head for the beak to push into. Put a little glue on the folded edge of the beak, and then push it into its slit.
Lightly color a little “rouge” on the cheeks with marker. Lastly, glue on the googly eyes. Your bird feather craft is finished – It’s one of our very easy craft ideas. Now just put it in a plant!
To make a version with two legs that can stand on its own within a centerpiece, just insert two skewer sticks instead of one. Insert the bottom of the sticks (with a little glue) into a hole of a large button, to form feet. Dry. If needed, add another dab of glue to the bottom of the feet later, to give more strength.
For another feather craft idea,
see our page on feather angel crafts!
Also check out Easy Crafts and Gifts You Can Make, and find out about lots more easy yet quality craft ideas for many seasons, reasons, ages and ability levels; plus free templates you can use for a variety of projects.