Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Angry Birds -- Ornaments!

(Thanks for all the love for my plush Angry Birds!!)

Today's Dollar Store Craft is just KILLING me!! With a small amount of paint and a few scraps of felt, you can transform plain ball ornaments into a FANTASTIC group of Angry Birds!


I got my supplies at the dollar store. I searched out the entire store for some PLASTIC ornaments, knowing full well that these birds and pigs would not be staying on the tree. :o) This year, the only plastic ornaments to be found were strung on a garland. You can get a garland with all red ornaments, but I chose this one so I could get a couple green ornaments -- for pigs, of course!

The dollar store acrylic paints will do the job, with some patience. I admit, though -- the white and yellow require numerous coats in order to get the coverage you need. I finally gave up and bought some "real" acrylic craft paints in white and orange at the craft store for about $1 apiece. The green and black from the dollar store acrylics worked just fine, though!

Let's start with one small bit of information: I am NOT a craft painter! Feel free to mock my craft painting skillz! :o)


STEP ONE: You will paint your birds in three steps -- first white, then orange, then black. Allow the paint to dry between colors.


You will do the same for the pigs.



(Side note: Look how perfect the top of the ornament would be for a king pig -- just pop it off and turn it upside down!)


STEP TWO: Cut scraps of felt, as shown, to create their hats. Don't stress about this -- just wing it! You don't need a pattern!



STEP THREE: Do a quick running stitch to attach the white trim. (I used red thread so you can see my stitches.) Tie a knot, but don't cut your thread yet.


STEP FOUR: Whipstitch the sides of the hat together. It doesn't have to be pretty -- these stitches will be (mostly) hidden. Knot and clip your thread.



STEP FIVE: Take a running stitch all the way around your small circle. You will then place a small scrap of felt in the center and pull the stitches tight, creating a little ball.
**If you have small pompoms on hand, use them instead!**

STEP SIX: Attach the ball to the end of the hat and knot and clip your thread. Then fold the end of the hat down. Take a few stitches to hold the fold in place, as shown.


STEP SEVEN: Loop an ornament hanger through the top of your ornament.


Thread the hat onto the ornament hook, poking the wire through the top of the hat, and curve the wire. You're ready to hang your cute Angry Bird on your tree!


The garland ornaments don't have a hole in the top, so you just have to remove the top and hook an ornament hanger underneath, twisting it together at the top. Then pop it back on your ornament and place the hat on.

Hee hee! They're so crabby! :o)


Won't they be perfect for a desktop tree at the office?
You can make all your co-workers so jealous!

My pigs and birds stayed on the tree for about .5 seconds after I took photos... and now they are off having adventures with my kids. :o) Good thing I sought out the plastic ornaments!!

39 comments:

Casey said...

those are cute!

inday_adin said...

Oh my goodness!Those are just so darling. :) hehehe.. it makes me giggle watching them. I can see my little boy wanting to play with them if I have them on my tree. Thanks for sharing!

Adin B

Teri said...

So cute. My son will love them! He wanted me to make the plush last night when I came home with the pictures. He didn't care that I did not have the proper supplies. :)

Heather - Dollarstorecrafts.com said...

Those are really cute! you did a great job on the craft painting (I always feel woefully inadequate when it comes to craft painting!)

Marissa said...

What a wonderful idea! Those little critters certainly made a mark on 2010 in our household. Thanks for sharing! :o)

heartsy said...

Awesome! These would make a great addition to a gift box too. Thanks for sharing!

Callen said...

Those are hilarious! so cute!!!

VickiT said...

OMG! These and the plushie are SOOOOOO awesome. Great job. Thank you for the tutes.

Brandy@YDK said...

you are gonna have a whole angry birds series. cookies next!

Betty said...

I love your birds, what imagination!

JessicaS said...

My kids love angry birds. I may have to make a couple for their little trees.

Jen said...

These are beyond adorable! I know what I'm making tomorrow. Thanks for sharing this!

Holly Abston said...

This is the best Christmas tutorial I've seen this year! haha... I love it. You've made it so easy that I am going to actually do this with my kiddos. Thank you! (Oh, and I on my friend's facebook and posted it on mine too!)

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

karenahunt said...

Love it! I've already bought the baubles - just waiting on some quiet (ie. child free) time to paint them. I can't wait to see the kids faces when they spot them on the tree!

Eunice said...

This is so cute! Found your site by accident and is now addicted to it. Really want to try this as my hubby and daughter are also crazy at this game.
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Robert Lawless said...

Wow, those are amazing! Great work on them. Awesome job...

Mary Corbet said...

These are GREAT! So cute, and hilarious little gift for Angry Bird fans!

Mia said...

Aww cute! Might try making some on the weekend.

illusionaire said...

These are brilliant! Wish I had time to make them this year. Thank you for the tutorial.

Andrea Hardman said...

How can I count the number of reasons I LOVE these ornaments. I need some. Must....hold...back...until...after...finals.....

Lori said...

Oh no! Now i need to stop at the dollar store on my way home!! (translation: these are awesome & so cute!)

Internet User said...

I am going to make some of these. I think I have enought red felt left from last year! Just need to sneak into the loft and steal my some baubles!

Amberoni said...

omg!! amazing!! I have just recently discovered the addiction of Angry Birds.......I have got to make these! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Simone said...

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saraminx said...

You are so cool. This is so cool.

Sarah@PingsAndNeedles said...

Absolutely brilliant! Now ... must go find my ipod and play again ... It's been a while ... uh oh ...

redzshadow said...

These are so cute!

BSOTF said...

Love your angery birds! The felt ones I could swing sewing by hand to make. They are so cool! Thanks for sharing them with everyone!
Merry Christmas!!

holly b said...

so perfect! I saw some similar ones on etsy but I like yours better! wouldn't it be fun to put these on the tree christmas eve night and see when my boy noticed them??

Rose said...

My son was looking over my shoulder as I perused your blog with my coffee this morning- "Mom- we've GOT to make those!"

Now you've done it... lol

chrissyG said...

I bought everything I need for these tonight, but bought water-based tempra paint -- waa! Back to the dollar store tomorrow night.

My co-workers are going to LOVE this. I am giving them to all of our mobile app developers, who are all die-hard Apple fanboys.

Cora said...

Those are awesome! Will be making some for next year!

Katrina said...

These are really cute!

Brilliant Fun & Great Craic said...

I am so excited to try to make these for my impossible to shop for brother-in-law! I know he'll get a kick out of them and so will my nephews.

Disa said...

Just brilliant. Made these myself
thanks so much for the tutorial. I added the black angry bird and the white one. Had to go through a lot of trouble to find plastic baubles (sadly no dollar stores here ;-) ) so I ended up painting baubles that were covered with glitter as well, amazingly they came out the best :-) oh well they all came out "best".

Thanks again.
Just lovely

Nikita Hengbok said...

This is interesting. Thanks for sharing! :D

Halman Freud said...

I think that is awesome, my kids are going to love this. I am a fan of angry birds, I have pretty much all mobile apps from them and I love this game. It is the first time that something like this happens to me.

Crafty mom of 2 said...

I am in the process of making these right now. I used glass bulbs and they worked great but the red paint kept coming through so my husband is a painter and he gave me wall paint to use instead and that worked great! I wish that we could post pics of our crafts from your ideas! Thanks for the great craft!