Soulstainable Sankofa Craft
Updated: Mar 21
For Women's Herstory Month, we partnered with the Mingei International Museum to connect, create, and celebrate Womxn’s HERstory and movement-making from past to future!
Follow the tutorial below to learn how to make a vibrant Sankofa-inspired bird to connect, create, and celebrate Womxn’s HERstory and movement-making from past to future!
1 Cardboard piece measuring 8x10 inches
Yarn measuring 3 feet
2 Wooden Sticks
1 Piece of colored construction paper
1 Piece of colored felt material
Pen or pencil
This soulstainable craft is made from cardboard, colorful yarn, colored paper, felt, and sticks. If you don't have all of these items, feel free to use any items you can find around your home.
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Start by cutting out the bird pieces/elements (body, wing, beak and eye)
Trace the body of the bird onto the cardboard and felt
Cut out body of the bird from the cardboard and felt material
Then cut small slits, about one centimeter apart, all along the outer edge/outline of the bird’s body
Thread the yarn through the slits around the bird
Secure the yarn at the start of the tail, using the first slit
Then continue to wrap the yarn up and down across the body of the bird
Once you’ve wrapped the whole bird and reached the other side, tie off or glue the loose end so your yarn does not unravel
Glue two sticks onto the back of the bird to make two legs
Take the felt cut out of the body and glue it to the back of the cardboard Sankofa body.
Add the wing:
Draw around the wing template onto the colored paper or felt
Cut out wing
Decorate the wing
You can use anything you can find – markers, stickers, ribbon, buttons - use your imagination!
Glue the wing to the body
Repeat step 9a-d for the beak
Glue paper eye to the body
No matter which materials you chose to complete your Sankofa bird, we hope you enjoyed making this simple but fun craft.
We'd love to see your Soulstainable Sankofa! Make sure to tag us @SoultrySisters in your craft photos and videos.
Alyssa + Toni