Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cattail Birds

The ditches along the highway are FULL of cattails this time of year.  
It's the perfect time to harvest them before they burst open.
I remember as a child my mother would collect them and spray paint them silver…they were in vases all over our house at Christmas time.

I came across this goodie of a craft in an old nature craft book, (aptly named Nature Crafts)

To make your own you will need:
glue, (glue gun or white glue)

Enlist the help of a pint sized helper…
get on your rubber boots and go on a cattail pickin' adventure!
(oh, and be sure to show them that if you rub off the outer layer, 
the inside bursts open in a cloud of fluff)!!

We trimmed off the ends...

Painted on eyes and painted the beak orange.
If you want to paint your cattails different colours, go for it…we painted one of ours blue.

Get out your glue gun and feathers…

We put a dab of glue on the end of each feather and stuck it into our "bird".

Tie a length of string around the middle of your bird, hang and enjoy!  
My daughters thought this would also make for a really cool cat toy.

Nature crafting at its best.



  1. Very creative! What's even more interesting is that you used materialsfrom nature. Awesome! I would love to create a cattail bird with the kids one day. I think butterflies can also be made from those materials. :)

  2. This is a cute craft, but be aware that it is illegal in some states to pick cattails!

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