How to Make Pom-Pom Ducklings

Felt Mallard Duck with pom-pom ducklings

In this free tutorial, you will learn how to make pom-pom ducklings. These ducklings are very easy to make and are irresistibly cute. Also, despite being tiny, they can stand on their own legs!

(Note: The Mallard daddy duck talking to the pom-pom ducklings in the photo above is a Little Felt Duck, made from one of my sewing patterns & tutorials.)

The finished ducklings are approximately 3 cm (1 1/4″)  tall and 3 cm (1 1/4″) long from their bills to their tails. But of course, you can use larger or smaller pom-poms to make ducklings in different sizes (and different colors, too, of course!). 

To make a pom-pom duckling, you will need:

  • 1 yellow pom-pom approximately 2 cm (3/4″) in diameter, for the body,
  • 1 yellow pom-pom approximately 1.25 cm (1/2″) in diameter, for the head,
  • 1 yellow 4-mm diameter craft pipe cleaner, for the legs,
  • A small scrap piece of felt, in pale yellow, orange, etc., for the bill,
  • 2 black seed beads, aught size 11/0 or 2 mm diameter, for the eyes,
  • Scissors,
  • Wire cutter, and
  • Craft glue

Let’s begin!

(Please click on the photos for a close-up view of their detail.)

How to make Pom-pom Ducklings 1. Apply a bit of craft glue to the large pom-pom, as shown in the photo.
How to make Pom-pom Ducklings 2. Glue the small pom-pom to the large pom-pom, pressing them together firmly with your fingers. Then, set them aside to let the glue dry.
How to make Pom-pom Ducklings 3. While the glue from the previous steps is drying, prepare a 6 cm (2 1/2″) piece of craft pipe cleaner.
How to make Pom-pom Ducklings 4a. Double over the pipe cleaner 1 cm (3/8″) from one end.

(The tip of the pipe cleaner is marked with a pink dot in this and in the following photos.)

How to make Pom-pom Ducklings 4b. Tightly press together the doubled-over area and twist it once.  Now, as you can see in the photo, the tip is securely wrapped onto the pipe cleaner.

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 5. Make a right angle at the pink dot.

You have just made one duckling foot! (The doubled-over part is the foot, and the pink dot is on its ankle.)

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 6a. The new blue dot marks 5 mm (3/16″) from the pink dot in the following photos. 

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 6b. As shown in the photo, hold the pipe cleaner so that it is at the 6 o’clock position with the duckling foot at the bottom.

Orient the foot so that it faces up, away from the surface on which it is sitting.

How to make pom-pom ducklings 6c. Now, bend the pipe cleaner 90 degrees to the right at the blue dot, so that the tip of the pipe cleaner points sideways while the foot remains facing up.

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 7. Continue to hold the pipe cleaner so that the foot is facing up.  At 1 cm (3/8″) to the right of the blue dot, bend the pipe cleaner 90 degrees downward.
How to make pom-pom ducklings 8a. The new bend is marked with a purple dot in the following photos.

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 8b. Bend the pipe cleaner 90 degrees, 5 mm (3/16″) below the purple dot. This time, the tip of the pipe cleaner should point in the same direction as the first foot.
How to make pom-pom ducklings 8c. This photo is an image of the same piece, but viewed from above, with the foot resting on the surface.
How to make pom-pom ducklings 9. Double over the last segment of the pipe cleaner to create a 1 cm (3/8″) long foot.  

Cut off any excess pipe cleaner if necessary.

Tightly press together the doubled-over area and twist it once.

You now have finished the duckling’s leg structure (with two big feet and skinny short legs).

How to make pom-pom ducklings 10. Make sure that the glue on the pom-poms is dry. 

If the pom-poms are still a bit squished, shape them with your fingers so that they are round again, as shown in the photo.

How to make pom-pom ducklings 11. Cut out a tiny rectangle from scrap felt, approximately 5 mm (3/16″) long and 3 mm (1/8″) wide. 

Then, round one of the narrow ends of the felt.  You just made the tip of the duckling’s bill (marked in orange in the photo).

How to make pom-pom ducklings 12. Apply a bit of glue to the non-rounded end of the felt bill, and attach it to the duckling’s head (the small pom-pom).
How to make pom-pom ducklings 13a. Next, apply a bit of glue to one of the black beads, and attach it to one side of the duckling’s head.

 

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings

13b. Repeat with the second bead, attaching it onto the other side of the duckling’s head. Make sure that the two eyes are level, as shown in the photo.

Let the glue dry.

How to make pom-pom ducklings 14a. Once the glue from the previous step is dry, press the duckling’s body (larger pom-pom) with your fingers to mold it into a longer and narrower shape like an egg.

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 14b. Then, using a pair of scissors, trim the rear half of the body to create a slightly pointy tail end, as indicated by the arrow in the photo. 
 How to make pom-pom ducklings 15a. Lastly, apply glue to the top of the bridge segment (highlighted in orange in the photo) of the leg structure.

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings 15b. Attach the leg structure to the bottom of the duckling’s body.

When gluing on the leg structure, make sure that the feet are facing the same direction as the duckling’s face. In the photo, I’m holding the feet, with the legs pointing toward the duckling’s body.

 

How to make pom-pom ducklings
 
15c. Once attached, press the leg structure firmly onto the duckling’s body. To do so, I recommend that you insert something thin and flat like scissor blades (as shown in the photo) between the duckling’s legs and then use it to press the glued area onto the body.
How to make pom-pom ducklings 16. Ta-da! You’ve made a tiny pom-pom duckling!
 duck mother with ducklings

(Source: Paula M. Wolter, commons.wikimedia.org)

Perhaps one of the most endearing images of ducks is that of a mother duck with a long line of ducklings wobbling behind her. Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings from Robert McCloskey‘s classic picture book, Make Way for Ducklings, are one such an example. In fact, I’ve read that they are a popular attraction in Boston’s Public Garden!

Little Felt Duck mother with pom-pom ducklingsSo, as you can see above, my Little Felt Duck mommy also seems quite content with her five pom-pom ducklings! 

(Note: The sewing pattern & tutorial to make your own Little Felt Duck is available from my online shop.  For more information and images of the Little Felt Duck, as well as some curiosities about ducks, please visit my blog page.)

Happy crafting!

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