Love Bird Maker Box
Box No. 8 is a pretty “tweet” one! ;) Whether you decide to keep them or gift them, this pair of love birds are sure to win your heart. My youngest and I made an afternoon date of it. I made us some hot cocoa and a coffee and we crafted our hearts out. (Pun intended. 💕)
These maker boxes are made to be done together, to encourage quality time, that's why I don’t put an age limit on these projects. Depending on how old your child is, you may need to tweak the steps slightly in order to make it fun for everyone.
This keepsake is meant to be kept for a lifetime. I especially love pulling out previous holiday crafts my girls make to put out each year, so we used two types of glue to help make that possible. My girls each use a low temp glue gun, which is warm, but not hot. (Here's the link to the glue gun.) We also used a tacky glue for some parts, which is best for use on fabrics. (This kind.)
*These glues can also be found at any craft store and are used for just about every maker box.
1. Lay out all materials/supplies.
2. Fold all four pipe cleaners in half. (The small ones will be the birds’ beaks and the Large ones will be the legs.)
Once the larger ones are folded, bend the bottom points at a 90 degree angle to create the feet. Set all pipe cleaners aside.
3. Glue medium poms onto large poms. Press for a few seconds to allow hot glue to dry.
4. Add a little glue on the bent side of the small pipe cleaner and glue to the center of the bird head. *Tip: Dig a little spot in the pom pom to place the beak in.*
Pinch until glue sets. Repeat this step for the other bird.
5. To make the eyes, add the small black poms to each side of the head using the same technique as the beak, digging a little space for eye. Repeat this step for the other bird.
6. Next, you will add the legs. Apply glue to the bent part of the bird leg pipe cleaners you’ve created.
Dig a spot and pinch to set.The birds will be sitting, so be sure to pay attention to the angle you attach them. Repeat for the other bird.
7. Now you’ll make the wings. Cut out the wing pattern and trace it on the felt. You’ll make 4 wings, 2 of each color.
Once cut out, you can add some cuts on the bottom for a frayed, “feather” look.
Glue on each side of bird body.
8. To make the tail feather, trim and glue the included feathers to back of bird bodies.
9. Take the metal wire and bend it in half.
With the folded side up, stick a glitter heart on each side, making sure to line up the edges.
Now twist the wire around a pen or pencil. This will create a curled balloon string look.
10. Now it’s time to make the nest! Grab the 2 strips of fabric and glue two ends together.
Start to twist and glue as you go.
Once you get about halfway, bend the wire around one section of the twisted nest and then keep twisting and gluing.
Shape the nest as you go.
11. Place birds in nest position as desired. You can either glue down or reposition.
12. Add ribbon and any other notions to decorate birds and nests!