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No-Sew Sock Penguin – February 2019

Materials needed:

  • 1 black sock (I used men’s socks)
  • 1 sock in color or pattern for the hat (I used children’s socks)
  • Rice (will need 4 or 5 cups per penguin)
  • rubber bands (or thread)
  • white and orange felt
  • ribbons
  • tacky glue
  • black sharpie
  • Scissors (make sure they are sharp!)

Directions:

  1. Start by filling the black sock with rice (you’ll need a nice amount of rice).
  2. When you are happy with the amount of rice and the rough shape of the soon to be sock penguin tie a rubber band at the top. If you use a sock with arch support you may be able to skip the rubber band.
  3. Now take another rubber band and place it just above the middle of the sock, to separate the body and the          head. You will probably have to shape the body a little with your hands.
  4. Cut the excess sock. You can secure the top by adding some glue from the glue gun.
  5.  Cut a white oval shape (measure it against the body to get things right) out of white felt.
  6. Glue it on the sock with tacky glue Cut a small beak out of orange felt and glue it onto the head. Draw two black eyes with a black marker.
  7. Add ribbon to make a scarf (Glue down ribbon if desired)
  8. Lastly cut one colorful sock (at the middle). Roll it up a little bit to get the hat shape and place on top of the penguin. (You can glue the “Hat band” for a cleaner look)

Notes: You can make a lot of variation just by changing the hat. One penguin I used the toe of the sock and another I used the left over leg.

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Ribbon of Cheerios Bird Feeder – January 2019

Materials Needed:

  • Cheerios   (plain is healthier for the birds)
  • Ribbon-narrow works best
  • Scotch tape -optional

Directions:

  1. Cut a length of narrow ribbon about 2 feet long.
  2. Cut the ribbon on the diagonal or tightly roll a piece of tape around the end of the ribbon.  This will help threading the ribbon thru the hole in the Cheerios.
  3. Thread lots of Cheerios onto the ribbon.
  4. Tie a knot at the bottom of the ribbon preventing the Cheerios from sliding off. Leave about a 3”-4” tail on the ribbon.
  5. Take the Cheerio string outside and tie it to a branch of a tree.  If possible tie the “Ribbon of Cheerios” to a branch where there are several other branches for the birds to sit on while munching on the Cheerios.
  6. When the cereal is all gone simply untie the string, bring it in the house and refill.

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