If you want to skip the embroidery, fabric paints can be used, but will need time to dry completely before putting the pieces together. Also, instead of using hot glue, a strong craft glue can be used, but I don't recommend regular white school glue, because it tends to seep down into the felt & doesn't bond.
Use your imagination & have lots of fun with this. The original instructions for this project can be found here: A Feathered Nest. Below,you will find my version, which isn't nearly as pretty as Abby's!
If you're not interested in ornaments, what about cleaning out your sewing stash by making these little cuties! These fabric birds, that Heather came up with, can either be sewn by machine or by hand. These would make great basket fillers or even fund-raisers. What about attaching them to some pretty ribbon and hanging them from a tree branch in a vase for Spring? Or you could attach them to some ribbon or string for a cute, festive bunting. Whatever you choose, these little birdies are a real winner!