Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ballard Knockoff Burlap Bird Ornament

In case you missed this when I did a guest post at Country Chic Cottage
Here it is....

 I am sure you have all heard of Ballard designs well I fell in love with their Burlap Bird Ornaments and thought that I would try my hand at recreating them so here is my version.

Ballard Knockoff Burlap Bird Ornament

Want to make one or a bunch of them?

Here is what you will need:

  • Burlap Fabric
  • Heat and Bond
  • Poly fill
  • Black Seed Beads
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Small Craft Paint Brush
  • Glue Gun and Glue
  • Floral Wire
  • Jute Twine
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)
Wow quite the list it didn't seem like that much when I was making it lol!

To start I  just cut a couple squares of burlap and a couple squares of heat and bond a little bigger than my bird .

Iron your heat and bond to your burlap, trace your bird to one of your heat and bond sides of your burlap heat and bond squares.

Sandwich your two squares of burlap together burlap sides facing each other heat and bond sides facing out.

Cut around the bird leaving a seam allowance for sewing.  Sew around the bird leaving a hole in the bottom where I have marked where the two pins are so you can turn to the right side for stuffing making sure to back stitch at the pins.

Stuff your bird with Poly fill.

Sew the hole closed.

With Floral Wire Make a shape  for the tail feather. I forgot to take a picture but the you will wrap twine tightly around the wire you will have to glue with hot glue to hold in place after a few wraps then continue wrapping.  Leave the long piece unwrapped.

Wrap Several times around all three feathers when you get them all wrapped and glue the end piece of twine down.

Poke in the end of the bird and glue in place with hot glue.

Do the same with the wing pieces but they will only have two loops.

Glue in place on each side of the bird.

Swirl  jute in your fingers

Glue on the wing piece add glue and add more swirls around keep a long piece of jute to add swirl to other wing on other side of bird.

Bring your jute over the beak.

Add your swirl around starting from your outer swirl in this time.

Glue on your seed beads, and paint the beak.

Make a loop of jute and tie the end.

Glue in place on your bird.

And enjoy your Burlap Bird Ornament!!!!


CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [24 Nov 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Melissa said...

Very cute and simple!!

Cidinha said...

I love it! Beautiful idea!


Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

So creative and clever of you, well done! This is definitely on my list now. Kudos!

Jennifer said...

Very clever and VERY cute! Great job!

Visiting from Lil' Luna craft hop!

Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Cute, good job!

Patty said...

Oh My Gosh! I was just admiring those birds last night in the Ballard Catalog and wondered how I could make them. Thanks so much for the tutorial, now I know how!

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Heather - super cute! Thanks so much for linking to the party - I greatly appreciate it! I featured these today - stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Hope you have a lovely week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

MessyMissy said...

So beautiful!! I just bought some burlap and now I know what to do with it....thanks *so much* for the tutorial!!

Cherie said...

I havent heard of ballard designs. In comparison, I like yours much better. It is richer in coloring and the bird body and face are more welcoming. Pining on Pinterest.


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