Craft ideas for kids: Funky pompom bird

Looking for craft ideas for kids?  This quirky little bird is made from pompoms, feathers and pipe-cleaners.  He’s full of personality and only takes a few minutes to make!

This little bird was actually destined for another project (a moving automaton!), but he was so cute, I felt he deserved a post of his very own.  I didn’t worry about colours or realism here, as I thought the bright clashing colours worked really well for children.  I just used the materials that we had to hand.

You will need:

  • 2 pompoms (one larger than the other)
  • googly eyes
  • a few feathers
  • foam craft shapes (or a foam sheet that you could cut shapes from): we used 2 large petal shapes and 1 small square shape
  • 1 long pipe-cleaner, or 2 short ones
  • a bell and a short piece of ribbon or string (optional)
  • a glue gun

COST: pennies
AGE: younger children and up (please always supervise glue-gun work!)
TIME: 10 minutes or less (plus drying time)


  1. Glue the larger pompom to the smaller one and leave to set.  We used an elastic band to hold them together while the glue dried.  If you want your bird to jingle, tie a small piece of ribbon or string to the bell and sandwich it between the pompoms when you stick them together.
  2. Put a tiny amount of glue in the middle of the square foam shape and pinch it into a triangular ‘beak’.  Use a peg to hold this together while the glue dries.
  3. Once steps 1 & 2 have dried fully, glue the beak to the smaller of the pompoms and stick the googly eyes above it.
  4. Glue the feathers at the opposite end of the larger pompom to form the tail.  Leave to set.
  5. Bend the pipecleaner(s) into shape with feet and knees if you like, then glue these to the underside of the largest pompom (we managed to squish ours right inside so it set firmly attached).
  6. Finally glue the large petal foam shapes to either side of the large pompom, forming wings.

That’s it – easy peasy, right?

Need more craft ideas for kids?  Why not decorate a robot or make a yogurt pot telephone?


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6 thoughts on “Craft ideas for kids: Funky pompom bird

  • August 2, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Very glad I dropped by – my daughter is planning a ‘craft day’ in the holidays, and this looks perfect for one of the crafts!

    • August 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      Excellent! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Christine.
      I hope to have the follow-up post finished for next week, so do pop by for more inspiration! 😉

  • August 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Great little site here – so glad you dropped by mine and led me to you! I’ve shared your site around our Home Education communities because I know they’ll enjoy some of your makes. x

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:49 pm

      What a lovely comment! Thank you so much for visiting and sharing Hodge Podge Ross, that is really kind of you 😀

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