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Fanciful Feathered Friends | Festive Displays

Fanciful Feathered Friends

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

You can perch these pretty birds in myriad places: put one on the end of a skewer for a plant poke, hang one in a window with a piece of monofilament, or place several in a nest for a tabletop centerpiece. They make a great gift for moms, grandmoms, and teachers.


  • Styrofoam ball, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Glitter paint and paintbrush
  • Glue dots
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Yellow plastic notebook divider tab
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 20-gauge craft wire
  • Feathers


1. Stick the Styrofoam ball on a skewer. Paint the entire ball, then set the skewer in a cup and let it dry overnight.

2. Remove the skewer, then use the glue dots to attach the eyes to the ball.

Fanciful Feathered Friends Step 3

3. For a beak, cut a small triangle from the notebook tab, as shown. Gently score the ball with the skewer, then insert the beak.

4. Use the pliers to bend the craft wire into feet. Poke the feet and feathers into the ball.