May 31, 2009
I tried a little tutorial for our whitsun doves this year… of course you can just make the simple versions with just body and wings, but we added a few firey embellishments to ours which don’t look out of place with the last of the Autumn colours on our trees right now.
Step 1 – gather your materials
wooden bead, wool with needle for threading, small paper doily, two matching dove shapes cut out of paper, tissue paper in flame colours cut into leaf or flame shapes, sticky tape, and glue
Step 2 – thread the bead onto the end of your wool and tie in place. this will give a little weight to the bottom so it hangs nicely and stops the dove sliping off.
Step 3 – hold both bird shapes together and snip a cut from the middle of the back down to the middle of the birds. (This will hold the wings later)
Step 4 – tape the end of the wool and the wool above the bead onto one bird cutout, so the bead will hang just below the bird
Step 5 – glue the second bird over the first to hide the wool ends. Make sure the length of wool comes out at the slit.
Step 6 – fold up the doily concertina fashion, and thread the wool length through the middle, making a hole with the needle.
Step 7 – hold the concertina folds together in the middle and slide down the wool until it sits in the slit you made in the body of the bird for the wings. Once in place, gently fan out the ends of the doily to create open wings.
Step 8 – thread tissue paper flames onto your wool above the dove, poking holes through with your needle as you go.
Step 9 – unthread the needle, tie a loop at the top of your wool and hang.