Artmind Tutorial: Spring Felt Birds



Mitsy from Artmind has a little tutorial she's offered to post here for us today. A fun Sunday detour. Check below for a link to her blog as she'll be giving away some of them from there.

A while ago, I received this awesome leather punch set from EviesToolEmporium as part of the Totally Tutorials Exchange program and I could hardly wait to make something with my new toys!

In Belgium, lots of people make an Easter tree as decoration. All bare branches are dressed up with decorative eggs and ribbons. I'm not a fan of all the traditional stuff so I made something different to brighten up the branches: a bunch of colorful birdies.




Here is what you need to make them:
Thick felt (3mm), a leather punch, string, small wooden beads (6mm), scissors, a drawing of a bird, a pencil and a bit of thin metal wire.



If you want you can click on the picture below and print out this bird.



Cut out the bird.



Punch the holes so that you can mark their position on the felt later.



Place the bird on the felt and trace with a pencil.



Cut out the bird.



I like lots of colors!



Then mark the position of the holes with a pencil on the birds.



Take the leather punch and punch out the marked spots. Don't punch them too close to the edges so that the holes
won't rip when you put the thread through later on.



Now cut 2 pieces of thread about 12cm or 4,5" long.



Cut a little piece of thin metal wire. This is to help pull the thread through the tiny holes.



Fold the metal wire double and put the thread in between so that it's stuck. Pull the metal wire through the hole.



Then pull the two ends through the loop.



Make a knot at the ends.




Pull the thread through one hole and via the back through the other hole.



Then thread a wooden bead on each end.



And tie a knot.



Cut off the ends that are too long.



Hang your birdies on bare branches...



... or make a bunting from them.



If you would like to win the birdies that I made for this tutorial, please leave a comment at my blog here. The winner will be drawn next week!

Jan Halvarson

48 comments:

I bijoux dello Stregatto said...

Another nice tutorial!!
Thank you for sharing!

Kreativlink said...

Such a beautiful idea! Wonderful tutorial again Mitsy!
And I love the ... ahem ... product placement in there! Hahah... :)

Jeanette [Maisy] House said...

I love Mitsy's tutorials! x
Thanks for sharing :)

Sigmosaics said...

super cute turorial from Artmind!! yay for bright spring birdies :D

and she CAN draw!

and I LOVE the pencil too :D

ireneagh said...

Lovely tutorial!! thank you!! :D

pardalote said...

Great tutorial - and easy to adapt to other shapes, thanks!

La Pomme said...

lovely birds, mitsy! and it's like a hollywood film with the subtle publicity for kreativlink :)

*Evelyn* said...

cuteee..... lovely tutorial.... thanks

Sofia-Sobeide said...

Great tutorial!

Lariata said...

So nice tutorial! Thank you, Mitsy! Birds are lovely :)

shopgirl said...

What a great tutorial! One very talented woman!

Cheers for sharing!

Carmenesque said...

So nice tutorial, I don't do much for easter either, but these little birdies could be so sweet for your home. Thank you Mitsy! :-)

evihan said...

very very veryyy lovelyyy:-)

RedFenyx said...

Very very cute! ^^

the_artisan said...

thanks for helping...it's very very nice... i wanna try this for my studio... =)

-thoughtsofartisan.blogspot.com

Dina Fragola said...

Nice tutorial ^_^

JK said...

Love your tutorials, Art!!

kimberj said...

I love this idea. I have all the tools but can you please share an online source for colored 3mm felt like that?

ArtMind said...

Hello kimberj,
I searched 'felt 3mm thick' on Google and got some places where you can purchase it.
This is one:
http://www.achildsdream.com/handwork_supplies/felting_crafts/3mm_wool_felt.htm
Fab colors! :)
Thanks for loving the tuto! :)

Luchie said...

aww great tute! Thanks for sharing :)

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Thank you for your partnership!
Michelle-

Yasmine said...

They are so lovely! Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

C.R.A.F.T. said...

Great Idea... I have this little recycled tree in my house, and I am always looking for new things to hang on it!

http://craftingreallyawesomefreethings.blogspot.com/2010/02/craft-11-recycled-tree.html

TMCPhoto said...

I have visions of little dinos for my for the Peanut's birthday, this idea is so cute and can be translated into almost anything!

Lady Grey said...

So very sweet!

CharmedEarth said...

Simply beautiful!

Ann On and On... said...

So cute! I think I'd like to try that!

Laura Trevey said...

These are adorable!! Great DIY project ~~

ana carina said...

Mitsy is the creative goddess! She's a genius! What a great tutorial, my God. I wouldn't come up with something this cool, thank you!!

Olly said...

SO pretty! I love this, a great idea for Easter decorations Xx

Wic said...

I love them. Thank you for sharing.

LB said...

Adorable!

Candylei said...

So simple to make yet stunning product....so cute!! I have to go and make some since I am the new owner of some recently purchased wool felt! Woo-hoo! Thank you! Thank you, for posting this!

Le Coccole said...

soooo Cute!!!!! Love it!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, these are so cute! How fun for Easter baskets. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

Tori {Thoughtfully Simple} said...

Darling! I will making these soon. Love the bright colors!

jane said...

Love this tutorial. Can't wait to make some. Thanks for sharing

Geri said...

These are beautiful. Now the paper butterflies hanging by my window can enjoy some other flying friends!

hand pecked debb said...

these are so cute! I'd love a chance to win them. Thanks for sharing the tutorial

LethargicLass said...

Those are so sweet!

Serendipity Handmade said...

These are really, really cute! I wish I had a leather punch. Any thoughts on a substitute?

Aimi Craft said...

wow..really nice..thank you for the tutorial..

Mindy said...

I know it is way past Easter, but this is a really cool idea, and since birds are so in vogue right now I may just have to make some to enjoy just because. Thanks for sharing!

elfeyp said...

Thanks fot sharing. I will try as soon as possible.
Kisses from Bodrum, Turkiye ..

Lolly Jane said...

Darling! I love this! We featured it HERE: http://lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com/2011/03/lolly-loves-spring.html Stop by to grab a button:)

Lolly Jane said...

loving this. featured you today! (:

xo-kelli & kristi

marz said...

Love ur blog :)) Definitely going to try some of these with my kids..

Dixie n Dottie said...

These are super cute! Well done!
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