Needle Felted Little Birds
Look, what have I made from the plain mini felt Easter eggs? I have turned them into needle felted little birds [tweet tweet] and some other cuties. Hope this will get you into the mood of spring and Easter.
Previously, you have learned how to make a felted egg with wet felting, now, you can decorate the eggs into some cuties with the needle felting method. This tutorial is showing needle felted little birds by adding wings, beak, eyes, and tail with felt and wool. You can adapt the method and make them into egg-shaped chicks or embellish the eggs with polka dots and stripes just like those at the back. It is all up to your creativity, try to make something out of the box from the eggs.
Watch the “How-To-Make” video tutorial
Needle Felted Little Birds
Again, to show you how I made the needle felted little birds, I made a short video to show you the process with my bionic-women hands. I used ready-made felt mostly for the birds plus a little wool roving for its tail and eyes. It is a lot faster and easier to use pre-cut felt to needle felt to the birdie than jabbing the wool into the desired shape. I hope the subtitle or caption is good enough for you to read through, pause the video if you think I go too fast.
I love to craft while listening to my favorite songs, or radio, or sometimes watching TV. But with this craft, I won’t recommend you to watch TV while doing needle felting. You need full concentration when you needle felt to make sure your needle is poking in the right place and not on your fingers or other places. The needle is quite sharp and easy to break if bent, so be sure you know where it goes – straight to the point.
So….. have you got your needle felting tools and materials ready? Let’s go to the tutorial and have fun piercing the eggs!!!
Happy Needle Felting!
- Felted Easter Eggs (click here for the tutorial to make)
- Wool – the same color as the egg, a small amount
- Wool – black, tiny amount (you can use black felt too)
- Felt – red, approx. 1/4″ x 1/2″
- Felt – pink, approx. 2″x 1″
- Felting needle – small
- Felting sponge/foam block
- Prepare and get ready all the tools and materials needed as listed above.
The grey sponge underneath the table is the foam block for needle felting. It is needed to prevent the needle from breaking when it pierce into it.
- Cut the pink felt into half. Fold 1 piece into half and cut out a heart shape. Repeat the same to cut out another heart.
Place the heart-shaped felt onto the egg with the bottom of the heart pointing to the bottom of the egg. Needle felt it in place.
Repeat the same to the other heart onto the other side of the egg.
- To make the beak, fold the red felt into a triangle by inverting the top 2 corners in then fold it into half.
Lightly pierce with the needle to hold the shape. Your needle will pierce into the sponge.
- Attach the red beak onto the bottom of the egg to resemble the little birdie.
- Split the black wool into 2 small equal parts. Needle felt each onto the face of the birdies. Just do swallow jab for the eyes as you don’t want the black wool to get too deep into the face.
- Finally, to make the tail, simply roll some wool on the needle (the part that has barbs). Slide the needle up and down to tangle the wool and bind them together. Be careful when you do this and don’t get your finger into the needle.
As long as your fingers are kept away from the tip of the needle, it is safe to do this. Just in case you don’t like this method, you can always replace this process with the wet felting method. Simply shape the wool into tail shape with water and soup. Wait for it to dry before continuing the next step.
- Position the tail onto the birdie, needle felt to attach it in place.
When doing needle felting, pierce your needle straight into the object (don’t bend the needle) to avoid the needle from breaking.