For me, Valentine’s Day hasn’t really been the same since elementary school–who doesn’t love 20+ valentine notes and, more importantly, lots of candy.
Sure, having a valentine who’s obligated to buy you presents is nice and all (no judgement to those who love it!), but nowadays Valentine’s Day is just an excuse for me to buy pretty pink and red candy (Hershey’s Valentine Truffles!). Pair that with a cute DIY project and I’m all in.
Flamingo Valentine Supply List
- thick & thin pipe cleaners
- craft feathers
- paper hearts (download our PDF template to print)
- googly eyes (the smaller the better)
- glue gun, scissors, markers/whatever you like to write with
- not pictured: candy of your choice & small clear bags
Disclaimer: the feathers can get a little crazy (i.e messy) and small googly eyes + glue guns require a bit of finesse to keep your fingers safe! It goes without being said, but make sure kids are supervised with this one.
First things first, print out the heart template on whatever paper you choose, then cut out your hearts. You’ll need two for each flamingo.
It’s easiest to write your messages first and have the hearts ready to glue onto your flamingos (Creatingreallyawesomefreethings.com has a ton of cute Valentine sayings).
After you’re satisfied with your hearts, grab one thin pipe cleaner and cut it in half (these will be the legs). The thicker pipe cleaner will be the body–the length I used was about 8″.
Note: to make the beak, use the leftover paper from your hearts and color with a black sharpie as shown below.
Ready? Set, Go!
1: Bend your thicker pipe cleaner in the shape of the number (2), as shown below.
2: Take your thinner pipe cleaners and add slight curved bends to one end, indicating feet. Then, bend one ‘leg’ in half to create an acute angle as shown.
3. Glue your ‘body’ to the back of your heart (I think this is what Lady Gaga meant when she said “love glue-gunning”)
4. Glue the legs on top of the ‘body’ pipe cleaner, orienting the ‘feet’ towards the right and keeping the bent leg in front of the straight leg.
5: Okay, I did this a little backwards, but you can do it correctly! Glue a couple feathers to the back of your heart and then glue your second heart on top to create a heart sandwich.
6: Glue your beak to the ‘head’ of your flamingo and CAREFULLY glue your googly eye on top as shown.
Eat some candy Put your candy in a bag or pouch, tie it, and glue it to the back of your beautiful flamingo. Done!
I had some lighter pink and gray pipe cleaners along with green, in honor of Poly, so I made a couple other versions:
The color combos are endless and you could get even more creative with patterned/textured papers. If you have any other bird-themed sayings we’d love to hear them!
From Poly and all of us at POLYWOOD, Happy Valentine’s Day!
This post was modeled after an existing tutorial from the National Wildlife Federation, thanks for the great idea!