Needle Felted Hummingbird

Make a needle felted hummingbird with these easy to follow step by step instructions, including pictures.

If you need more instructions, please refer to the needle felting how to.

Age: 12+

Difficulty Rating: Medium

Time scale: 3 out of 5

Needle felted hummingbird

Supplies:

  • Needle felting needle
  • About an 8 x 2 inch piece of dark green wool roving
  • 4 inch piece of light green wool
  • 1 x 1 inch piece of white
  • small bit of red and orange wool mixed together
  • toothpick
  • black paint
  • tacky glue
  • wire ornament hook
  • two 6/0 black beads for eyes
  • sewing needle
  • black thread


How to Make a Needle Felted Hummingbird

Start by rolling a 2 x 2 inch piece of dark green wool into a cylinder shape. Needle felt this, leaving the one end loose, for now. Keep shaping until you have the body and head of the hummingbird.

shape-wing

Now do a 2 x 1 inch piece of wool into a triangle shape for the wing. Leave the wool loose on the end of the wing, for attaching to the body, later. After needle felting one side, pull off the foam block, turn over and do the other side. If there are thin spots, add more wool and continue needlefelting. Trim edge of wing with scissors, if necessary to get a bit of a scalloped edge on one side.

keep-felting-the-wing-to-firm-up

Attach the wings by needle felting them on, about 3/4's of an inch back on the body of the hummingbird. Now add more shape to the body. Bend the head up slightly and needle felt at the back of the neck.

Attach-wings

Add a 1 x 1/2 inch piece of white wool to the belly. Shape the body more here by adding extra white wool until you have the shape you want.

Use-white-felt-for-belly

Make the tail by using a small triangle shaped piece of dark green wool about 1 inch x 1/4 inch. Shape this, leaving the narrow end loose. Overlap this piece, so the tapered end of the body is nearly to the end of the tail piece and needlefelt this together.

Triangle-shape-for-bird-tail

Use a small piece of red and orange wool mixed, to make the band around the throat of the bird. Make the strip narrow at the sides and a V shape towards the middle, on the underside of the neck.

wool-for-neck

Add a small piece of light green wool to the underside of the wing. Leave a dark green edge around this, wider on the top edge of the wing and getting narrow towards the wing tip.

light-green-wool-for-underside-of-wings-on-bird

Paint a toothpick black, up about 1/2 an inch. When dry cut this off, just past where the paint ends. This will be for the beak. Make a hole in the head and glue the toothpick in place, using tacky glue.

Toothpick-painted-black-for-beak

Sew two small black beads on for the eyes.

Add a wire ornament hook to the needle felted hummingbird so you can hang it up.

Black-beads-for-eyes

Your needle felted hummingbird is now finished.

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