Mermaids` Makings

Winter Birds

I owe this tutorial to my lovely blog friend Pam from Gingerbread Snowflakes. I promised her I would make it a loooooooooooong time ago. But here it is.

Last year I made only Blue Tits and Bullfinches (Do they look like them?)

But this year I thought I would just make colourful winter birds. It is not my idea. I have made them ever since I was a child. I don’t even  remember who taught me. And I only made them for Christmas.


This is  a template of a bird.  Trace it onto coloured card and cut it out.


To make the pom pom cut out two rings. Put (hold) them together and start feeding the yarn around them.


Add another lovely colour of yarn. And then one more.


Now it’s time to cut the pom pom and seal it with  yarn. I took a double one to make sure it wouldn’t break when I made a knot. Push the scissors between the two cardboard rings and cut carefully.


When you have finished cutting the pom pom apart just tie the knot.


Now it`s time to put the pom pom inside the bird.


Push the pom pom carefully inside the bird.


Now it is time to remove the two cardboard rings. 


Cut off the two pieces of yarn you used for tieing the pom pom… leave the two middle ones. You can use them for hanging the bird up.  If you want to make a bird to put on the table, them cut off all four pieces of yarn. But then the pom pom should be bigger… so the bird wont fall over.

Trim the pom pom. Add the eyes and a piece of coloured card for the beak if you wish.  And the bird is ready!


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16 comments on “Winter Birds

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  2. Naomi
    November 22, 2010

    Dear Linda, I love birds–and so does my 6 yr. old–and we really REALLY love yours!!! We tried them, but I am having a little trouble at the tying part. Where did the long pieces of yarn that you used to tie up and secure the pompom come from? It looks like they are between the 2 cardboard rings?? Your photos are very clear but I cannot figure out how those very handy 4 pieces of yarn that you used, first to cut off 2, then to hang up with the remaining 2, came from. (Help!) We would like to make a whole family of your cute birds, maybe even to put them on a mobile, for the holidays. Thank you so much and happy holidays to you and your family. -Naomi

    • mermaid
      November 23, 2010

      Hi Naomi!

      I only needed one long piece of yarn, but to make it stronger I folded it in half. Then I tied the pom pom up and put it through the bird shape. As I had folded the yarn in half, that meant that two long pieces of yarn were on one side of the bird and two on the other side. After removing the cardboard rings, I just cut off two of the pieces of yarn and then hung the bird up with the other two pieces.

      It was just the one piece of yarn that I needed though – folding it and putting the pom pom through the bird shape, just gave me four pieces that I could use. Hope that helps.

      Happy Holidays :)

      • Naomi
        November 23, 2010

        Thank you so much for clarifying! I can’t wait to do them with my little one!

  3. peaches
    November 11, 2010

    Love these!
    My whole Xmas tree is covered in birds and I’m always on the lookout for new ornaments to make…this is the first I have seen using pom poms though…LOVE IT!

  4. mermaid
    November 11, 2010

    Thank you ladies :)

  5. Genevieve
    November 9, 2010

    Hi Linda… I was directed here by Pam’s daughter Diane on Twitter, and I just love those fluffy birds. Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. creativejewishmom/Sara
    November 8, 2010

    So sweet Linda! And they look great with the pom pom flowers! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, great to have you! all the best!

  7. Liina L.
    November 7, 2010

    Kui vahvad linnukesed ja minul ka tulid lihavõtted meelde. Kevadepoole tahaks kindlasti järele proovida :) Suur tänu õpetuse eest!

  8. Rachel
    November 5, 2010

    Oh how darling! I love your birds! Pam emailed me about these and I’m so glad she did. I would love to link to them in an upcoming Ornament Roundup if you didn’t mind. They’re so sweet!

    • mermaid
      November 5, 2010

      Of course I don`t mind, thank you :)

  9. Katrin
    November 5, 2010

    Munadepühad tulevad meelde :D Hästi nunnud linnukesed!

    • mermaid
      November 5, 2010

      Nojah, kellele mida meenutab :)

  10. pam
    November 5, 2010

    Oh Linda, you have made my day! My WEEK! Thank you so, so much for making this tutorial and sharing it with everyone.

    I love my little bird you sent me earlier this year and I have had him hanging in the dining room ever since. Such a fanciful and cheerful creature.

    And may I add – excellent job on the tutorial.

    I will be making some for family! xox

    • mermaid
      November 5, 2010

      Thank you, Pam. I must admit that making a tutorial is such a had work.. all these photos and things.. I have always admired your tutorials.. they are so easy to follow.

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