How to Make Angry Birds From Needle Felted Wool

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How to make needle felted angry birds
My son loves to play Angry Birds on my Kindle so I am always trying to think of clever ways to get him away from the video game and into some real play. These needle felted Angry Birds are part of my latest attempt and so far have been a hit!  He stacks up Lego towers and launches these little birds to knock them down. Now he is asking me for some green piggies (Update: You can find the Bad Piggies photo tutorial here).

Want to see how to make some?

How to Make Angry Birds From Needle Felted Wool

Here is what you’ll need:

  • 36- or 38-gauge felting needle(s)
  • foam pad
  • wool batting
  • red and yellow wool roving, plus a little white, black, biege, and orange for the details
  • scissors

If you need a refresher on needle felting and needle felting techniques, you can refer back to my Needle Felting 101 post here.

Grab a handful of your wool batting and roll it in your palms to form a ball.

For the red bird, needle the wool into a nice ball shape (but not too firm because we want to be able to attach more wool to it). Next, needle part of the ball a little flat so the bird can sit without rolling. You now have the base of your red bird.

red angry bird pattern

For the yellow bird, needle the wool into a triangle shape (again, not too firm). You now have the base of your yellow bird.

yellow angry bird pattern

The rest of the method is pretty much the same for making both birds, but I will use the yellow bird as my photo examples here. Grab some wisps of your bird color: red for the round bird or yellow for the triangle bird. Needle the color over your base form.

yellow angry bird pattern

Now add your details. The yellow bird has a little white at the bottom and the red has a little biege.

how to make a yellow angry bird

Add your facial features. The beak is pretty much the same for both birds.

how to make a yellow angry bird

Then finish it off with some eyes, eyebrows, tufts of hair (or feathers, perhaps?).

how to make angry birds

You’re all done. As you can see my little man would barely even let me get a finished shot before swiping them!

how to make angry birds

 You can check out my other fun felting projects by clicking here.

 

 

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3 Responses to How to Make Angry Birds From Needle Felted Wool

  1. The Funster January 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    Kara,
    How cute! My two daughters love Angry Birds and this will really make their day. They’re easy to make and simple enough that my girls could do this! Thanks for posting such a great craft idea!

  2. Jennifer November 8, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Are the birds heavy enough to knock the towers over? I was wondering if I should put a small marble or pebble in the center to add a bit of weight?

    • Kara November 9, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      We have the plastic towers and they can knock them over. I would this a small pebble might be a good idea to try though!

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