How to Make DIY Christmas Flamingo Yard Decorations
Not everyone lives where it is cold and snowy at Christmas. I wanted to embrace my warm Georgia climate by decorating with a popular bird - the flamingo!
I didn't want to spend a lot of money so naturally I went to The Dollar Tree. Here's how to make Christmas flamingos for your yard:
I had no trouble finding all of the things that I needed to dress these guys including fabric glue, hot glue sticks and double-sided tape.
I knew these small tree skirts would be perfect to make capes for my birds.
1. Cut the tree skirt
I started by cutting the tree skirt in half. Now I had two capes out of one tree skirt.
2. Trim the skirt
To allow the cape to fit, I cut off about 1" of the point.
3. Embellish the capes
Now the fun part begins. And the only limit is my/your imagination.
I used fabric glue to attach pom-poms to one of the capes.
I purchased small bows with wire on the end. I cut small holes in the fabric and inserted the bows through the holes. They were then glued onto the back of the cape.
I used hot glue to attach a fabric scarf and tinsel garland along the edge of two of the capes.
Using pipe cleaners, I wove them in and out of the fabric making a random pattern. It was easy because the wire could easily be pushed through the fabric.
4. Dress the flamingos
Once the capes were dry, it was time to dress the flamingos.
To close the capes, I used pipe cleaners. I pushed one end of the pipe cleaner through one side of the cape and then through the other side. I twisted the two ends together to close the cape.
I put two or three pipe cleaners down the front of every cape to close them.
5. Tape the capes
To attach the back of the cape to each flamingo so that it didn't slide around, I placed a piece of double-sided tape (which I also bought at Dollar Tree).
6. Make the Santa hats
To make the hats, I cut one tree skirt in half, in half again, and in half again so I could make six hats out of one tree skirt.
I used fabric glue along the long side of the hat.
Then I used small clothespins to hold the hat together while it dried. The clothespins were from Dollar Tree too.
Once the hats are dry, I decorate them using whatever embellishments I had left from making the capes, attaching them with fabric or hot glue.
7. Attach the hats
Using the double-sided tape, I placed two pieces on the inside edge of the hat.
I remove the plastic on the tape and firmly pressed the hat on the flamingos' head.
8. Display the Christmas flamingos in your yard
Here they are! My Christmas flamingos are all lined up and ready to go.
I added an elf from Dollar Tree to this guy.
DIY Christmas flamingos
Each Christmas yard flamingo is different and totally unique.
Unique but coordinated.
Putting them under our palm trees makes a great warm-weather Christmas display.
What do you think of these DIY Christmas flamingos? Let me know in the comments below.
DIY Christmas Decor Ideas
- Tree skirts (The Dollar Tree)
- Embellishments (The Dollar Tree)
- Adhesives (The Dollar Tree)
- Flamingos (Amazon)