I have several little handmade projects I’d like to complete for Birdie this Christmas, I probably won’t get to all of them! But I found time for this little family – which I stuffed in her Advent Calendar yesterday! Can you tell which one is Birdie, myself and her Daddy-O? (Hint: She’s got the glasses!) They’re all the same size because they fit perfectly with our rather large collection of vintage Fisher Price Little People toys, barn, castle, cars, A-Frame house, tudor house, neighborhood, airport, etc!
Scroll below the images to see a list of the materials I used and some tips. Now it’s your turn: get to making people!
- Blank wood figures from I Used To Be A Tree (I’ve seen some at Michaels Craft Stores too!)
- Luscious wool felt (similar felt at Benzie Bazaar)
- Acrylic Paint and Sharpie Paint Pens (in the end I had better luck with paint and brushes, than pens!)
- Black Extra Fine Sharpie
- Trusty Aileen’s Craft Glue
- Flax Seed Oil for a quick finish on the wood – but watch out, leave it on too long and it can make the Sharpie bleed.
- Copper wire, different weights, for glasses and hair barrettes
some quick tips:
- I didn’t do it this time, but next time I would lightly finish sand (maybe 180 grit?, 240?) on each piece before adding anything to them. Remove a little bit of the rough spots, and give it a uniform surface.
- The Felt hair was done in 2 layered sections, I cut templates out of soft paper towel first, then laid it on the felt to cut out the shapes and do some light trimming.
- Straight lines on curved objects are no fun. For the white faces, I used a piece of tape. For the bodies, I ended up holding a brush steady, and rotating the wooden piece underneath it.
- I used a nail the same thickness as the wire to pound holes on either side of Birdie’s doppelganger head. The ends of the bows on her wire glasses are pushed into these holes for stability.
What do you think? I’m in love with them, and Birdie recognized herself immediately! Now we’ll see how well they “play with others”…