Aleene's® Bottle Cap Birdie
- Aleene's® Original Tacky Glue®
- Plastic Water Bottle
- Drill and Small Drill Bit
- Cardboard (Cereal Box or Thin Cardboard)
- Circle Template
- Fabric Scraps
- Batting, ¼" Thickness
- Craft Wire, 18-gauge
- Craft Foam
- Flat-back Beads (or Wiggle Eyes or Buttons) – Black
Step 1 Drill two small holes in side of larger cap, spaced approximately ½" apart. (These will be used for wire legs.)
Step 2 Use your circle template to determine the inside measurement of the bottle caps. Cut circles from cardboard to fit inside caps.
Step 3 Cut and glue fabric to one side of each cardboard circle.
Step 4 Cut and glue batting to outside top of caps.
Step 5 For head, measure and cut two circles approximately 2½ times larger than the smaller bottle cap. Apply glue to outside and inside of cap. Place cap batting side down, centered, on wrong side of fabric. Wrap fabric up and around sides of cap and press into glue on inside of cap. Adjust to remove as many excess wrinkles or folds on top of cap.
Step 6 Glue fabric covered cardboard inside cap to cover gathered fabric.
Step 7 Repeat to cover body cap with fabric. Note: Be sure to mark where the drill holes are so that you can find them again after you attach the fabric in place.
Step 8 Cut two pieces of wire to approximately 7" each. Turn one end of each wire into a spiral. This will help to stabilize the wire inside the cap. Cut the opposite end to a sharp point and press one wire through each hole. Glue spiral end inside cap. Cut sharp point to a blunt end.
Step 9 Using pliers, form a triangle shape at the blunt end of the wire and then bend at 45 degree angle to form birdie foot.(Once you fully assemble your birdie, you may need to readjust the feet angle.)
Step 10 For beak, cut two pieces of craft foam into small triangles. Glue in place on front of head cap.
Step 11 For eyes, glue two beads in place above beak.
Step 12 For wings, cut two leaf shapes. Fringe edges with scissors. Glue in place on body.
Step 13 Glue head to front top of body.
Step 14 Glue small feather fluff on head. Let glue dry completely.
Step 15 Readjust feet as needed so that birdie can stand solidly.