Handmade Holiday: Glitter Star and Felt Birds

3D Glitter Star

DIY Star

For this project, you will need:

  • Scissors
  • White/School Glue
  • Ruler
  • Bone Folder or Instrument with Blunt Plastic Tip (I used a knitting needle)
  • Masking Tape
  • Pen
  • Cardboard (I used a cereal box)

I needed a star for the top of the tree that I recently finished (details on the cardboard tree coming soon) so I made one! Here’s how:

Use a star template (download one here) to trace a two stars onto cardboard or card stock. The thickness of cereal box material works well. Draw lines from every inner vertice to each outer point. You will see that all lines intersect at the same point in the middle (if you cut out the star proportionally).

Using a bone folder or some kind of blunt plastic tip (knitting needles or the cap to a ball point pen work, too) and a ruler, trace the lines you drew making an indent in the cardboard. If you’re confident, you don’t need to draw the pen lines to begin with – you can go straight to scoring the lines.

TIP: Consider scoring your lines before cutting out the star. It is easier and you can continue the line beyond the star’s borders without worry. Once your lines are scored and your stars are cut out, fold on each of the lines so that the star pops out.

This star is going to sit atop a tree, so I made two equal stars and then taped them together to add even more dimension. Use a paper-based tape if you are going to glue or paint on top of the star. Cover one side at a time in a thin layer of white glue (I used a brush), cover with glitter, tap off excess, and let dry.

Felt Birds

DIY Bird

For this project, you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Felt (I used 3 different colors for each bird)
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Embroidery Floss (I looked for fun, contrasting colors to the felt)
  • Buttons
  • Cardboard (I used food packaging)
  • Ribbon (not shown)
  • Cotton Batting/Filling

I created a template (download here) for the bird’s body, its wings and beak. Trace the template onto your felt – I usually skip the tracing step and just cut around the template edge as it is pinned to the felt.

Find buttons for eyes – I tried to find matching buttons from my collection but if it’s not possible to find two that are the same, go for totally different and make a truly unique bird!

TIP: Lay out your bird pieces (see above) before you sew on the button eyes and wings. This will avoid doing what I did at first – making two of the same side. They should be mirror images, not twins.

As with most sewing projects, order is important. Here’s the order I used to sew each piece:

  1. Sew button eyes on to each side of the body
  2. Sew wings on to each side of the body
  3. Attach beak to one side of the body
  4. Attach a loop of ribbon to the same side of the body as the beak
  5. Sew around the bird about 60% around
  6. Fill body with cotton (cotton balls as well as batting work)
  7. Finish sewing around the bird
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