“Peace, Unity, Kindness” Cardinal Ornament

Designed by Cindi McGee – Behind These Eyes™
 Peace, Unity, Kindness Cardinal Ornament
Create this rustic, no-sew ornament to decorate your holiday tree, and to serve as a reminder of the importance of those three very powerful words.

Materials:

  • Red fabric marker 
  • Alphabet rolling rubber stamp 
  • Permanent black ink pad 
  • 1/4” green satin ribbon 
  • Paint brush
  • Fiber fill
  • Scissors 
  • Printed cardinal pattern (optional)

Instructions:

I began by sketching the cardinal shape I wanted, and allowing a 1/4” edge around the desired finished size. If you prefer, there are numerous free bird patterns online you can print in any size. 
Cardinal Ornament How 1

Use pattern as a template and cut out two birds from red burlap fabric.

Cardinal Ornament How 2

Apply Fabri-Tac™ adhesive around edges, about 1/4” from edge, and leaving end of tail without adhesive.

Cardinal Ornament How 3

Add loop of green ribbon at top behind head, and then mount two birds together and let dry.

Cardinal Ornament How 3A

Carefully remove some threads from around edge to create frayed effect.

Cardinal Ornament How 4

Spell out Peace, Unity, and Kindness with rolling alphabet stamp (I was able to spell out Peace and Unity and stamp at one time, then went back and stamped kindness). Ink with permanent black ink and stamp onto muslin fabric.

Cardinal Ornament How 5

Cut out two wings for bird.

Cardinal Ornament How 6

Use red fabric marker to add faux stitching around wings.

Cardinal Ornament How 7

Apply Fabri-Tac to back of wings and mount on either side of cardinal.

Cardinal Ornament How 8

Use Black Multi-Surface Satin paint to paint face on both sides of cardinal. Let dry.

Cardinal Ornament How 9

Use end of paintbrush handle to add a small dot of Oyster Beige paint for eye on each side of face.

Gently stuff cardinal with fiber fill. Use Fabri-Tac to seal end of tail when finished stuffing.

Gently stuff cardinal with fiber fill. Use Fabri-Tac to seal end of tail when finished stuffing.

Cardinal Ornament How 11

Add green ribbon bow to base of hanging loop.