Today’s the day! It’s the start of Homeschool Spirit Week. All week, we will be dressing up and having themed activities for our homeschool. Emmett crafted a Parrot Mask with felt and silk flowers because… Today is Animal Day. Have your homeschoolers choose an animal to learn about, grab some library books, make some crafts, and most of all: have a great time. To see all the themed days, check out our Daily Spirit Themes.
DIY Parrot Mask
Emmett’s Animal Day Craft Project
- 1 sheet of soft Felt (color matching overall feathers)
- 1 sheet of construction paper (orange or yellow for beak)
- Assortment of Silk Flowers (color of your parrot’s feathers)
- 2 or 3 pieces of ribbon (long enough to tie on your mask)
Step 1: Draw & Cut
Use your marker to draw the shape of your mask as well as the holes for the eyes. Then cut out your mask along those lines.
Step 2: Dissect Silk Flowers
Pull apart the silk flowers until the petals are completely separate from the stems, leaves, and other plant parts. You can save the other parts for another project.
TIP: save one of the small stems for pressing your petals and ribbon into the hot glue. This way you don’t accidentally burn your fingers.
Step 3: Ribbon
Glue one ribbon on either side of the mask. If your mask is tall or has a long beak, consider gluing a third ribbon on the top. This helps keep your mask in place.
Make sure to glue them on the side that is NOT touching the skin. This will make your mask more comfortable to wear.
Lesson Learned: We glued the ribbons on after the beak… However we realized this is much harder to do after you have all ready glued the petals and beak on.
Step 4: Fold & Glue
Fold the flower petal layers in half. Then glue them to your felt. Work from the bottom layer to the top layer and the outer layers to the inside layers. This helps your feathers – a.k.a. the flower petals – not get glued down or smooshed by the other layers.
Step 5: Beak
There are many ways you can make your beak. Be creative. Emmett made his with a long triangle. He folded it in half long ways, opened it up, and the folded the short side in to form a triangular prism on one end. Then he curved the end of his beak some to make it look more like a bird beak.