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Silly Bird Marionette tutorial!

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Make a super simple marionette!
Fun for kids to use and the perfect size!

I think this silly bird looks similar to Kevin from UP.
You could do the colors to match!

Walks and pecks with simple controls and small enough for little hands!
Great for dexterity practice!
 
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Step 1: Supplies!

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Here's what you will need:

6 Pom poms:  1 large, 3 medium, 2 small (contrast color)
1 mardi gras bead chain
2 craft sticks
yellow felt
2 wiggly eyes
2 metal washers
2 feathers
fishing line.

Tools: hot glue/gun, a big needle and scissors

Step 2: Putting it together!

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Hot glue your sticks together like a cross...or an x

Cut your bead chain into 3 pieces.
I didn't use all the beads, just 9 beads on each string.
Just eyeball it.

Basically, here's the layout...

Step 3: Feet, shoes and leggies!

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Take the small pom pom and glue it to the medium pompom.

Put hot glue on a washer, and stick it to the pom pom foot!

It will automatically land on the washer every time it steps...
plus it makes a clicky sound when they step like tap shoes!

Take a bead chain and hot glue it to the small pom pom.

Repeat for the second leg and foot.

Hot glue those legs to the large pom pom body!

Step 4: Give it personality!

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Cut a diamond shape out of the yellow felt.

Put a dot of hot glue on it and pinch the top to form a beak shape.
Hot glue the beak on the last remaining medium size pom pom...
Add your wiggly eyes!

Hot glue a plume to the top of the head...and the remaining bead
chain to the head of the bird to the body, forming the neck!

Like so...hot glue the last feather into the backside for the tail feather!
jareaux9 months ago
My aunt used to make and sell these yeeears ago at arts and craft shows. Many different sizes, colors-much plummage. Cool to see people still make them and they have evolved.
Mimironi1 year ago
This is so cute! :D
agis681 year ago
cute
so cute...:)
bajablue1 year ago
CUTE!!!!!!!!!!
wold6301 year ago
This bird is so stinkin cute! I wouldn't expect anything less from you!!

I am going to try this one with my boys!
doodlecraft (author)  wold6301 year ago
Thanks! You are so sweet! I am sure your boys will love them, as long as there's a color change up! :)
So, here are our birds! The boys picked their own colors. Thanks so much for this instructable. The boys are loving dancing around their birds!!
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doodlecraft (author)  wold6301 year ago
Oh my stars! They are wonderful! :) So happy you made some!
sunshiine1 year ago
I had to chuckle when I saw this one! I bought something like this years ago for my nieces and they had so much fun! Thanks for sharing!
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kevo4201 year ago
haven't seen one of these since I was little, many years ago. made two for my kids now and they love them! thanks for the post and a trip down memory lane!
doodlecraft (author)  kevo4201 year ago
Oh thank you! Glad your kids are enjoying them! :)
you are so. cool. This is DARLING!!! I need one.
doodlecraft (author)  DaysLikeThis1 year ago
Thanks! My mom made puppet birds like this when we were little...we did the play "are you my mother?" and she had a huge mommy bird like this that the baby would find at the end of the "production"! I've been wanting to do it for a long time, and the puppet contest seemed like the perfect motivation! :) And it would be fun in primary too! :)
I love this! It's so cute!
doodlecraft (author)  Jessie Marie1 year ago
Thank you! :)