Burlap Bird Ornaments

Is there anything you can't make with burlap? It is such a versatile material to craft with. Getting inspired for Christmas decorating, I started playing around with some burlap and came up with these sweet Burlap Bird Ornaments. They were so simple to make...let me show you how.
Here's what you need:
burlap, jute, bird template, glue gun, embroidery floss, needle, scissors and polyester fiberfill
For the body, start by tracing out the template onto two layers of the burlap or just cut around it free-hand.
Using a strand of white embroidery floss, run a stitch around the shape of the bird, leaving a small opening for stuffing.
Insert a small amount of fiberfill to give the bird dimension.
Continue the running stitch the rest of the way around.
For the wings, cut 3 lengths of jute (5, 4 and 3 inch segments)to make 3 loops for the wing. Apply a dollop of hot glue on the body.
Press two ends of one of the jute lengths into it.

Repeat with the other 2 lengths of jute.
With another length of jute (about 7 inches?) create a spiral by tightly winding the jute around itself. (Please forgive this picture of giant hands...they are actually not that large.)
Put a large dollop of hot glue right over the ends of the 3 loops and place the spiral on top of that, pressing to adhere. (More giant hands.)
Apply a bit more glue to the underside of the spiraled jute to secure the end of the spiral.
With embroidery floss, create a loop for hanging the ornament.
Although I included lots of pictures of the process, I assure you these little burlap birdies were easy to create. I am making up several of these today. I'm not sure if they will be used to decorate Christmas gifts, or if they will be used in my decor somewhere. I'm still working that out ;-) What are you doing to fluff your nest this week? Do you have your tree up yet? It's on my to do list for the early part of this week.
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79 comments:

  1. They are adorable! They really would make perfect gifts!

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  2. This is adorable Nici! What a great gift idea too:)

    Katie
    www.funhomethings.com

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    1. P.S. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this in my 15 Homemade Gift Ideas post!

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  3. These are so cute! I love anything burlap :)

    Melanie @ keepitsimpleandfun.blogspot.com

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  4. I love these ornaments; I would pay a fortune for a set of these at Crate n Barrel.

    I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award.

    http://www.loavesndishes.com/2012/11/liebster-blog-award.html

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  5. Nici these are so darn cute! I love the twine wing too! Great project!

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  6. Oh me oh my!!! I love burlap and birds, and these are just too darn cute!!!! Love your tutorial! Can't wait to make some! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  7. Your birds are just so cute! What a great idea for all of us burlap & bird lovers!

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  8. Very sweet little bird ornaments! Love all things birds!

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  9. I love birds in decorating and these burlap birds are so cute!

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  10. I agree with all the previous comments, your birds are adorable!
    Wanda Ann from memoriesbythemile.com

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  11. so cute! I love your birds, Nici!I will try to make some , after handmade fair :))).
    Ada.

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  12. Really soooooo cute! I love burlap, and simplicity.
    Thank you so much for your tutorial!
    Silvia

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  13. So sweet! The jute wing topped these off perfectly!
    Liz

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  14. Nici, these are precious! I recently scored a huge piece of burlap at a yard sale, and I am going to make a flock of these! Some for the tree, some for a wreath for the door, some for a garland for the mantel! And maybe a few to decorate the candy/cookie trays my girls and I make to gift to their neighbors, friends, and coworkers!!! Thank you, this is such an easy and very sweet project. Hugs

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  15. Awwww... I LOVE these!!! So cute!! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm your newest follower!! Hugs!!

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  16. Your birds are lovely! I especially like how you've crafted the wings out of jute - so clever! And so full of sweet whimsical charm. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love your bird ornaments! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

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  18. So cute.....thanks for joining me at my party!!! Deb Vintage On A Dime

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  19. These is so cute! I'd love for you to stop by and link it up to my weekly link party. http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-19.html

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  20. I love birds and making things with burlap so had to come over to your blog to see how you made yours. I'm a new subscriber and will be visiting often. Will be making some of these after I get the mess from decorating put away. Yikes, does it have to be so messy?
    No tree for us this year, doing things simpler. It's just the hubs and I and we're seniors on our own with our two furry kidZ. Love decorating but decided to take it little easier. Hubs made 3 tomato cage trees for the front porch, we'll enjoy them outside instead of in. Happy week.

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  21. So sweet!!! Love little birds, I'll try it! Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Happy week !

    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  22. These are precious! And here I have been looking for plush ornaments all week to make our tree a little more baby-friendly. :)

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  23. I love these!! So cute and simple! I love this idea, you could do any shape with the burlap too, thanks for sharing!
    Kim

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  24. These are so rustic - I love them! I'm stopping by from 52 Mantels blog hop.
    Thanks
    Angie
    godsgrowinggarden.com

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  25. Oh these are so cute! I have leftover burlap and would love to try these. Thank you! Visiting from Mandatory Mooch. :) Sharon

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  26. Perfect combo of two of my favorite things-burlap+bird decor. I love how these turned out. and since I don't have a sewing machine, I appreciate your tutorial to handmake them. Bet they'd be cute in felt too! Thanks for sharing-I'll be pinning this idea for sure :)

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  27. These little birds are just so adorable and I'm
    going to copy your art and make a few...
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Sandy

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  28. Nici, I loooove burlap and these little birds are the sweetest ever. I'd love it if you'd share them over at Shabbilicious Friday ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/shabbilicious-friday-link-party_30.html

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  29. What a cute little birdie! love the wings!
    via FNF, Pat

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  30. So cute! I will be making a whole flock of these, I'm sure! I'd love it if you'd share this at my linky party! http://www.accidentallywonderful.blogspot.com

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  31. These are darling! I love how you made the wings! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

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  32. I am in love with burlap so love your birds! The wings are the cutest touch ever. I am going to make some for sure! Thanks for the tutorial. Now following you. Hope you'll visit and follow me back. Found you at the Life on Lakeshore drive Christmas blog hop.

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  33. These are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  34. Your birds are precious. thanks so much for sharing. I am really going to try making them! Dianne

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  35. Thank you so much for stopping in and sharing your cool ornaments in our Crafty Showcase http://bowdabrablog.com/2012/12/01/saturday-showcase-craft-project-linky-9/ this week! We love seeing what you have been up to and visiting your blog.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Susie @Bowdabra

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  36. Your ornaments are adorable, I love the rustic look! Great tutorial too:@)

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  37. Your birds are so cute, and you know I love that burlap!! :) You did a fabulous job. Thank you so much for sharing at It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas party! We are so thrilled to have you join in the fun!!

    Hugs
    Kathy

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  38. Saw this at the DIY Showoff link party and love them! They're adorable!

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  39. These bird ornaments are so cute! I LOVE anything burlap these days. Thanks for the tutorial; they do look fairly easy to make. I'm sure anyone would love to receive these as Christmas gifts.

    Visiting from Seasonal Sundays.

    Denise

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  40. Hi Nici! These are adorable and I can't wait to try my hand at making HENS! Thank you for linking up with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week. I will be featuring you this week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

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  41. These are darling and those little jute wings are the tops!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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  42. So cute!! I love these! The jute wings are just adorable!!

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  43. These are cute, I could see a little tree full of them.

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  44. Beautiful!!!! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. You are going to be featured at the party this week! Stop by and check it out. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/12/juneinspired-by-guest-post-delightful.html the link will be live tonight at 8:30 central time.

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  45. Love this! I need some cute ornaments - first Christmas with my Husband and we have one...count it, ONE ornament! Guess I need to get out the fabric and thread tonight!

    xo
    moe
    moetalksalot.blogspot.com

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  46. So cute, I love how you made the wings. Thank you for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  47. Nici,
    These are beautiful. I love burlap. You can do so much with it. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts at 12:01AM on Wednesday and runs through Sunday night. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye and Myrna (The Busy Bee's), Linda (Two Succulent Sisters)

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  48. I love the polished simplicity of these, I will have to see if I can motivate my kids to try them with me. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  49. These are so adorable. I can see a garland of these sweet little birds.

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  50. These are so cute. Love this project!

    Jody

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  51. Not sure these could be any cuter! Featuring these tomorrow!

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  52. I told you "I was going to copy" your little birds
    well they are not as perfect as your little sweeties
    but see what I did here..
    http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/2012/12/little-burlap-birdies-my-pinterest.html

    They turned out adorable.. thanks so
    much for sharing
    Sandy

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  53. Loved this so much I featured it! I don't think I've ever had 60 comments on one of my posts, that's awesome!
    http://www.joyfulhomemaking.com/2012/12/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-8.html

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  54. So cute. I love little birdies, especially burlap ones. I may make some of these to attach to gift tags. I'm visiting from Clean & Scentisible's Handmade Christmas linky party. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.
    http://www.laurieslittlebitsofcreativity.com

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  55. I love these so so much!! pinning!!

    would love it if you could share this on my link party @ www.serenityyou.com

    Natasha xx

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  56. So sweet! Beautiful job! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

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  57. These are darling! I love that they are hand sewn too. I might have to do this with my 10yr old daughter. Come link up sometime on my weekly link up it starts every Friday! @ DearCreatives.com

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  58. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog today! come stop by and grab a featured button: http://www.mygirlishwhims.com/2012/12/your-whims-wednesday-90-and-features.html

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  59. Very cute. Perfect gift idea, and they'd also look great on a wreath!

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  60. Adorable! Great tutorial and so darn clever. Thanks for sharing again for Christmas in July.

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  61. What a neat tutorial! You even have a stylish glue-gun...mine has seen better days.

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  62. I LOVE these! I think I already had them pinned before Christmas in July started!

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  63. is there a pattern for the template somewhere? I can't find it.
    thanks.

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    1. I don't have a template for these, Jane. I loosely traced around a thin wooden bird shape from Michael's or Hobby Lobby, then cut it out of card stock. Sorry I didn't include a template here on the post.

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  64. thanks! I was trying to get an idea about how large to make them. it looks like they compare in size to you glue gun?

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  65. Awww cute! That was pretty cool. i love what you did on burlap, turning it to birds. I think we cantry gingerbread cane or doll using the same method for this year's christmas tree decorating. thanks for the tutorial!

    Happy holidays,
    Marilyn
    Christmas decorating ideas

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  66. These are so cute I THINK I WILL MAKE SOME OF THEM-LOVE DEE X

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