Friday, March 8, 2013

Three Little Birds Mobile

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I have a third grade daughter who is a big worrier. I love to play her the Bob Marley song Three Little Birds and try to get her to think positive. I was making some cute little birds this week, with Easter in mind, when I thought about putting three of them together to make a mobile inspired by the song. 
You probably have heard Three Little Birds a million times. It's the one that goes,

"Don't worry about a thing!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don't worry about a thing"
"'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."

Rose up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', "This is my message to you-ou-ou:"

So, these instructions may be followed so that you might make a mobile of your own to bring some good vibes to your home, or you may just want to make some of the birds to stand alone. They are really adorable and pretty easy to make. Also remember that white doves are an Easter symbol so you could make these using cotton balls and have them for an Easter centerpiece or Easter basket gift.

  • plastic Easter eggs (any size) or real eggs, emptied out
  • wool roving or cotton balls
  • craft glue
  • beads for eyes
  • yellow paper for feet and beaks
  • fishing line and stick for mobiles
First, find some old plastic Easter eggs or empty out some real eggs. Wrap some fishing line around your egg and tape it down with masking tape if you plan on hanging it. The top egg needs to have string coming out of the top and off the bottom. the other two need to have string hanging off of the top.

Next, glue some wool onto your egg. Spread it out as thin as possible and you can always fill in the gaps later. You do not want to just swaddle it it in a huge mass of wool or it will not be little and cute any longer. I was too lazy to do this but you could paint the egg the color of the roving ahaead of time so that the bright color definitely won't show through. If you ever wanted to know what it is is like to be tarred and feathered you will enjoy this part of the project. You will wind up with little bits of wool stuck all over your hands. I was covering three eggs so I just did small areas of all three and let them dry and then covered more of the eggs later. This made it a little less sticky and messy.

Make a head for your bird by rolling wool in your hands with some glue. glue on eyes and a paper beak. Attach the head to your bird.

Make wings for your birds by folding decorative paper in half and cutting out something that looks roughly like this.

 The tail is made from accordion-folded paper stapled at one end and glued onto the bird.

After everything is dry you can assemble the mobile. I used a nice straight piece of birch twig. You could also use a dowel. Or, you could hang all three from a coat hanger or an embroidery hoop.

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