Just in time for fall wedding season… Here is a tutorial for a set of lovebirds. A bride and groom set that can be used as a wedding cake topper! You can also use these birds in a little vignette display, perhaps at the sign in/check in area, or at the gift table. You can also set them up in your house as I have done, since I got married some time ago.
This is probably my longest and most work intensive video by far, but it is for something very special – a wedding cake topper! I am a huge fan of Ann Wood birds. I really wanted to get one of her cake toppers for my wedding, but they were out of my price range and difficult to obtain due to scarcity. I ended up making my own wedding cake toppers out of wooden dolls, which were very different from the Ann Wood birds. However, after I started needle felting, I thought I might be able to make a needle felted version of these gorgeous birds, which are typically made of cloth and sewn together by hand.
This was my first time making the bird legs as well, and I adapted this tutorial created by Ann Wood. If you are unclear on how to make the bird legs (I realize that some parts of my tutorial are a little blurry or unclear) – try checking out this video created by the original artist herself.
Bird Bodies (Needle Felted)
8 grams of white wool
2 grams of black wool
less than o.5 grams of pink wool
less than 0.5 grams of yellow wool
tulle and lace trimmings
needle and thread
Bird Legs (Wire)
18-20 gauge wire
brown floral tape
needle nose pliers
optional: glitter and mod podge
A piece of foam or an old felting mat
Total Time Required: Approximately 3.5 hours
Time Required for Bird Bodies: Approximately 90 minutes
Bird body: 40 minutes (20 mins per bird)
Beak and Eyes: 15 mins (7-8 mins per bird)
Cheeks on bride: less than 5 mins
Groom’s black tux: 15 minutes
Bride’s veil and gown: 15 minutes
Time Required for Feet: Approximately 2 hours
Music for Wedding Birds:
Italian Afternoon by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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