We're all bird lovers in our house, and this darling craft is a great
way to make a new fine-feathered friend. Plus, this crow puppet makes
one cool silhouette--perfect for some fun shadow play!
How We Did It
Among our list of supplies, we included a measuring tape. (Around here,
we do our best learning while we're doing our best playin', so we say
yes to honing math skills!)
Maddie measured out a rectangular piece of
cardboard 8" long. (8" cardboard is a good length for 2" balls; 6"
cardboard will work for 1" balls.)
She cut out her cardboard rectangle, then wrapped yarn around the
cardboard lengthwise about 40 times for our large birds (35 times will
do for small birds). After going around and around the cardboard, she
snipped the end of the yarn.
She then also cut out a much shorter length of yarn (16" total if you're using 2" balls; 12" of yarn if you're using 1" balls).
We used this string to tie the looped yarn together tightly, then took
the looped yarn off of the cardboard. Holding the yarn where it was
knotted, Maddie cut the opposite (looped) end to make a tassel.
She then tucked a Styrofoam ball into the yarn (where the knot is) and
made sure the yarn covered the entire ball. She tied off the other end
of the ball with the long piece of string to form the crow's head. Then
she made the body by tucking the second ball next to the first, and tied
off the other end of the second ball as well. The leftover length forms
part of the tail.
Forming the body was a bit tricky! It took a bit of fuss and
concentration for little fingers to get the yarn just right around the
balls so that the innards weren't showing... finally, it was
accomplished! When all was situated, we poked in feathers (easy and fun
stuff from here on out)...
...and cut a diamond shape out of scrap felt. To attach the beak, we put
the scissors in the middle of the diamond, and pushed the beak into the
Styrofoam head. There! Now our crow can caw!
We added eyes, and poked in a stick somewhere in the underside of the body. Ta-da! A cool new puppet to add to our collection!
has named him Burdo, and he is quite content to either perch nearby
wherever she happens to be working, or hang out on her shoulder while
they imagine themselves to be scurvy pirates!