DIY pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

DIY pompom flamingo

DIY pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

Have you noticed that flamingos are everywhere lately? I don’t remember a bird being so popular since owls had their big hit. I blame it on the mid-century lawn flamingos and the revival of everything related to the era, but also on their beautiful, irresistible color. I tried to fight the trend, but I soon caved in. I needed some flamingos in my home, so I made them with really few supplies and so easily. I made ten (although, after a while, it was hard to stop making them) and hung them by the window in a garland. Want to try for yourself? 

How to make a pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

What you need: 

  • pink yarn
  • pink pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • cardboard

How to make a pompom flamingo | KittenhoodHow to make a pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

Start by cutting two cardboard circles of the same size. Then cut out a smaller circle inside each one, to create a donut shape. 

Cut a very long piece of yarn. Put the cardboard circles together and wrap them in yarn, until fully covered. 

How to make a pompom flamingo | Kittenhood How to make a pompom flamingo | Kittenhood

Next, slide the scissors between the circles and start cutting the yarn all around the edge.

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Separate the two circles slightly, and tightly knot a piece of yarn at the middle, leaving the ends long, to act as legs. This is a good time to cut the pipe cleaner to the size you want the flamingo neck to be. Slide a piece of pipe cleaner in the hole inside the pompom. 

Remove the cardboard circles carefully and trim the pompom if necessary. Model the neck of the flamingo with your hands and you’re done! 

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Make as many of these as you need for a party garland, or use a single one to top a pretty gift. And I’m sure there are other uses I haven’t yet thought of! 

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DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

DIY festive drink stirrers

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

If easy Christmas crafts are your jam, then welcome to your jam! Since festive drinks aren’t really traditional in my area (no eggnog here!), I’ve been thinking of ways to make regular drinks more festive. That’s how I came up with these drink stirrers, super easy to put together with just some small branches that you can probably find close to where you live, and very basic crafting supplies. You can even go a little crazy and spray paint the branches gold (with matching baker’s twine), but I preferred to keep a natural, more traditional look. Here we go: 

Materials for festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

What you need:

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Start by cutting the skewers to size. This can depend on the glasses you use most often, as well as your personal preference. Then cut the branches into smaller pieces. 

Making festive drink stirrers | KittenhoodUse the x-acto knife/cutter to split open one end of the skewer. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Insert the branch into the opening you just cut. 

Making festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Cover the entire area with baker’s twine (or whatever yarn/thread you have on hand) and knot the ends together. Cut off excess thread and you have a drink stirrer. 

DIY festive drink stirrers | Kittenhood

Repeat the steps to get as many drink stirrers as you like! You can also use these as cake or cupcake toppers and even to decorate gifts. 

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