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How to make a Felt Flamingo

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How to make a felt flamingo {free printable!} - Wildflower RamblingsHere is our next letter in our felt animal for our series: ABC Felt Animals!  Both my son and daughter love these animals, and though they take some time and effort, it has been well worth it to see the phonemic awareness that these felt creations are reinforcing too!!  I hope you enjoy learning how to make a felt flamingo :) 

Flamingoes are social animals, have a really unique face, have distinctive eating habits, and feed their young a type of “milk” from their digestive tract.  Read more here.  I wanted to make ours look as realistic as possible….

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All you need to make a Felt Flamingo is:

  • felt: gray (we used light blue because we were out of gray, but I think it works), white, and black (or you can use paper!)
  • cotton balls
  • hot glue gun (or Elmer’s if you’re just using colored paper)
  • amazing Fiskar scissors (if you’re going to work with felt at all, you have to check these scissors out!)

** This craft uses a hot glue gun — please keep out of the reach of children — these are for adult use only!!

The flamingo is skinnier than most of our felt animals, so he’s pretty fragile.  And I’m not real thrilled about his beak — at least he’s done!!  We started out by cutting out the template and two each of the body, beak, and eyes. {free printable below!}

 Then I decided to make wings.  I cut out the wing from the template and cut a felt wing.  I made it longer than the template, then I cut lines to make it look more like feathers before I cut the actual wing shape.  I made two.DSC03596

I put the flamingo together, gluing on the beak, tiny eye, little legs, and wing.

I made the beak black with just a permanent marker.  In retrospect, I should have probably cut a black piece of felt, and cut the white beak to fit it — because the beak is too thick to begin with.  But I wasn’t a perfectionist, so I just left the beak as is.  I put the two together and then started gluing him!

One tiny cotton ball between the two flamingo bodies.

H ere he is, I’d say he turned out well despite his funny beak, but we’ll just call it his mouth :)

DSC03610 My son thought he was pretty cool, but refused to pose….DSC03619 We love laying out all of our Felt Animals and placing our letters on top.  I am amazed at how much this has helped my son with his letter sounds.  DSC03623

I made a template and a coloring page for you to make your own felt flamingo!  

How to make a felt flamingo {free printable!} - Wildflower Ramblings

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Download your free flamingo printable pages here. 

Book Extension

Here is a beautiful non-fiction book, Flamingos by Maddie Gibbs, shows the world of these beautiful, colorful animals in their natural habitat.  Children love non-fiction books about animals, as they help them learn about the world around them!


Other Posts in the ABC Felt Animals Series:

A is for Alligator

B is for Bumblebee

C is for Crab

D is for Dolphin

E is for Elephant

T is for Turtle

U is for Umbrella Bird

V is for Viper

W is for Whale

Y is for Yak

Z is for Zebra

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