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Forty Days of Crafts: Feathered Friends Cheerio Cross

The Song of Francis and the Animals
Suggested reading: The Song of Francis and the Animals

“Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.”
— Psalm 84:2

Take time to remember the sparrows this Lent with a simple cross that can be hung outdoors to bless the birds.



  • Three Pipe Cleaners
  • Ribbon (about 3 feet)
  • Cheerios

Step 1: Bend the pipe cleaner as shown. Thread cheerios on the pipe cleaner, leaving enough space at the end for about 1 or two Cheerios. Fold the end over to hold the Cheerios in place.

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Step 2: Bend each half towards the center of the pipe cleaner and wrap the end of the pipe cleaner around the center of the pipe cleaner. This will create a loop. Repeat on the other side. (When you are done it should look like a figure eight.)

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Step 3: Thread more Cheerios on another, shorter pipe cleaner. Bring the ends together to create an oval. Attach the oval to the center of the figure eight.

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Step 4: Repeat step 3 with a full size pipe cleaner and attach it to the bottom of the figure eight.

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Step 5: Loop ribbon through the top of the cross and hang it outdoors for the birds.


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