Flannel Friday: Help This Pigeon!

[Edited: Ultimately, I used pipe cleaners for the legs and puffy paint for the lettering. And I've changed the picture, but have left the text as it originally was.]

I am a huge GIANT fan of Mo Willems. I love every single one of his books, but mostly, I must pledge my undying love for the pigeon books! Obviously if you love a book that much, you eventually want to make a flannelboard out of it. (Templates do not exist. I think I used a coloring page as my guidelines.)

So, I had this great idea to make two pigeons — one calm and one melting-down — and then however many times the audience has an opportunity to say “no!” to this pigeon, to make a bubble with the word “NO!” on it. Then, I could pass out the bubbles and this flannel could become participatory.

Then, I hit a minor roadblock. I tried felt for the pigeon’s feet and I tried ribbon and neither looked right. I like the idea of pipe cleaners, but haven’t actually tried it.

And then, I absolutely do NOT want to individually letter all the word bubbles. I suppose I could just scrap the ones I made out of felt and print out bubbles, laminate, and use sticky back felt.

#Flannelfriday friends, any suggestions?

13 Comments on “Flannel Friday: Help This Pigeon!”

  1. nikarella
    July 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    @Sethers and I wanted to share what we do with our Pigeon craft. We had the exact same problem and this was our solution. http://twitpic.com/5jmtxw Sorry he doesn’t have a head, I didn’t have one put together, ha ha. Hopefully this might work for you. Just cut out the shape of his legs and actually draw them onto the felt. Hope this helps!

    • nikarella
      July 1, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Oh and pipe cleaners would be cute too! Just not sure how well it would stick to the felt. Let me know how it goes!

  2. clevinso
    July 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    wait, i’m still a little dizzy from the utter awesomeness of your pigeons! i will recover, then try to come up with something helpful… faint.

    • Katie
      July 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

      Thank you! I think that the pigeon looks more impressive than he is — he’s a very easy flannel piece to make!

  3. Tami Finley
    July 5, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    I think the pipecleaners will work great because y ou can cut and shape them anyway you want. For the letters – do you have a dies cut machine that you could cut the letters out of felt and glue onto the bubbles?

    • Katie
      July 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

      Our die-cut letters would be too big. I have been thinking about remaking all of the bubbles though, so maybe I’ll just make them bigger the second time around!

  4. misskristie
    August 17, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Print the bubbles on milk filters. Head out to the farm supply store and pick up a box. They’re super cheap. You just need to cut them down to 8 1/2 x 11 and zip them through the printer.

    • Joyce
      August 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

      Wondering what type of printer will take the milk filters…laser, inkjet or both?

      • MissKristie
        October 10, 2011 at 11:55 am #

        I print mine on a laser printer all the time. I think an injet would also work just fine.

  5. Sue
    April 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    Ok, I know this post is almost two years old, but I just wanted to shout out to Katie for this flannel story. I made a set (well, two) this weekend. I used TShirt paint (the kind in those tubes with the very fine tip) to write NO on the thought bubbles. I also hand cut, and very carefully I might add, the legs and feet out of felt and it was fine.
    My Mo Willems story time is on May 8th and 9th so look for a shout out on twitter! Thanks!

    • Katie
      April 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm #

      Glad to see he’s worked out for you! I should post an update someday; I used puffy paint and pipe cleaners for the legs!

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