Tutorial: Silly Bird Pencil Toppers

E7E8XPK9XPSD This stocking stuffer is a super-quick one and it makes me smile: it's a fluffy pompom bird to bounce around on top of a pencil. This would be a great project for kids to make for their friends. They will certainly make spelling practice more fun at our house! 

 You will need:

  • yarn
  • embroidery floss that matches the yarn color
  • yellow paper for beak
  • googly eyes- I used oval shapes because that's what I had on hand
  • glue- I used hot glue
  • pipe cleaner
  • pencil

To make the pom pom, wind the yarn around your fingers about 100 times.

Slide the bundle off your hand and tie tightly in the middle with embroidery floss.

Cut the loops,

and flatten the pom pom. Trim off the extra around the edges to make a circle that is just under 2". I did this over a piece of paper so the trimmed bits would be easy to discard.

Flatten the pom pom the other way- and trim any remaining long bits. Your pom pom is done.

Now trace a 3" circle onto a piece of yellow paper and cut the circle into quarters.

Twist one of the quarters into a tight cone shape and glue the long edge.

Put glue on the wide end of the cone and stick it onto the pom pom. I push the yarn bits out of the way so I can glue it close to the center of the ball. While the glue is still tacky, press the yarn around the base of the cone to hide the raw edge.

Now glue on some eyes, 

Cut a pipe cleaner to 6" and wind it around a pencil tightly to make a spiral.

Pull the spiral to lengthen it and make one end flat- put glue on the flat end.

Glue the pipe cleaner to the bottom of the pom pom.

And wrap the other end of the pipe cleaner around a pencil! All done. Wasn't that quick? 

I am working on a rainbow Jacob's ladder for tomorrow, stay tuned! 

If you enjoyed this tutorial, visit our Tutorials and Patterns page for more like it. Also check out our ebook, Handwork for the Holidays, we designed 14 lovely gifts and decorations for you to sew, knit and craft.