Service Project: Create a felt peacock that you can hide encouraging phrases in
Prep time: 15 minutes
Duration: 3 hours (lessen the time by divvying the work up among multiple children)
Lesson(s) learned: An act of kindness can lift someone’s spirits!
How we did it:
Remember how I mentioned in my last Simple Service project that we would be utilizing felt again? Well, we are! I came up with this idea when Addie was studying peacocks at school. They are such beautiful creatures and Addie is particularly fascinated by them.
Addie’s daddy has been preoccupied with work lately and we thought it would be fun to create a peacock with beautiful “feathers” that we could hide encouraging notes in. I will admit, this project took us WAY longer than I anticipated. We spent upwards of 4+ hours working on it. Now, before you click the close button WAIT, PLEASE! Remember that I’m working with a 2-year-old on these projects. EVERYTHING takes longer with a toddler. I’ve legally added “patience” as my middle name (not really). Other than working through the project with a toddler, some of the time was spent figuring out the color sequence and sizing of the felt feathers. I’ve already taken care of this for you. Now your children can focus on the fun stuff! Yippee!
Since you can easily divvy up the work, this project is perfect for multiple children. I can easily see this as a classroom project, as well. As always, get creative with it and have fun!
What you will need to make a large peacock (21” tall by 18” wide):
7 sheets (8”x10”) of purple felt
4 sheets of green felt
2 sheets of yellow felt
1 sheet of turquoise felt
1 sheet of dark blue felt
Green or blue sparkle paper
Long wooden skewers
PeacockFeather.PDF (printed out)
The first step in creating our peacock that will be full of praises is to gather all your supplies for the project. The craft store has felt for $0.39 cents a sheet. Again, save those leftover pieces since we will have additional Simple Service projects utilizing felt.
If you would like to make a smaller peacock to save time and money, simply create half the number of “feathers.” This project will result in 32 peacock “feathers.” Divide your supplies in half and make 16 “feathers.”
Cut out the circles on the PeacockFeathers.PDF that was printed out.
Have your child trace 32 circles for each color. For clarity, in the previous picture I numbered the circles 1 through 5, from largest to smallest. Follow this guideline;
Trace 32 of the largest circle (#1) on the purple felt. You will utilize 7 sheets of purple felt.
Trace 32 of the next largest circle (#2) on the green felt. You will utilize 4 sheets of greet felt.
Trace 32 of the next largest circle (#3) on the yellow felt. You will utilize 2 sheets of yellow felt.
Trace 32 of the next largest circle (#4) on the turquoise felt. You will utilize 1 sheet of turquoise felt.
Trace 32 of the smallest circle (#5) on the dark blue felt. You will utilize 1 sheet of dark blue felt.
Next, have your child cut out all of the circles.
It’s easiest if you keep the different sized circles separated. Addie put them in paper bowls. She really enjoyed this sorting-by-color exercise!
After all of the circles had been cut out, we started an assembly line! Addie really enjoyed this part, too. While we did this, I had our hot glue gun warming up.
This is what our finished assembly line looked like. What beautiful feathers!
Here is a close up of what the felt feathers looked like. See how our cuts were a little jagged. That’s okay! In fact, I think it adds to the uniqueness of the project!
Next, we hot glued the felt together. The purple circle is your base for all the other circles to be glued onto. Start with the green circle. Notice that we are only putting the hot glue around half of the circle? This is because we will be slipping our notes of encouragement or praise into the green felt part of the peacock feather. For all the remaining circles, we simply put a ring of hot glue around the entire outside edge.
Addie had fun squishing the circles together! That’s great since she had to hot glue 32 peacock feathers together!
After all the peacock feathers have been created, have your child arrange the feathers so that they “fan” out. We overlapped our feathers quite a bit throughout this process. Next, have them outline the peacock body. We utilized a piece of paper and outlined a body and neck by freehand. We cut it out and glued the two pieces together since we had to use two pieces of blue, sparkly paper for this.
Once your child has arranged the feathers and peacock to their liking, the next step is to hot glue the feathers together. We did this by putting a good dollop of glue at the base of every assembled feather (on the backside of it). Next, we hot glued the peacock body and neck to the feathers.
Have your child flip the entire peacock over and arrange the wooden skewers on the back. These skewers will give the structure some rigidity so that the peacock doesn’t simply flop over once it’s stood up.
Hot glue the skewers to the backside of the peacock. We utilized a pan to hold the skewers in place while the glue was drying.
Once all the glue dried, we placed our peacock on a metal easel, stood back and admired our work. Addie LOVED how it turned out!
The final step in this awesome project is to create nice little notes to nestle away in the feathers. Your child can hand write the notes or utilize the PeacockPraiseNotes.PDF template. Addie wanted to print them out on pink paper (of course). We talked about what we could say that would bring a smile to her daddy’s face. I think we picked some good ones!
Everyone can use some praise and encourage from time to time. This project gives your child a way to create something beautiful both physically and spiritually to give to someone in their life. Who wouldn’t want to pluck these spirit-lifting notes out of colorful peacock feathers? I know that I would!
Have fun with your Peacock Praise Project!
Kelli worked in the technology industry for 20 years before taking time off to raise her daughter. She has an 18 year old son and a 2 year old daughter that have taught her how to appreciate every moment with them.