Showing posts with label bird. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bird. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Inkling: magazine wreath

I’m doing a series of posts of paper mache projects. First up is this magazine wreath with paper mache birds.

I wanted this wreath to resemble a bird’s nest. I cut strips from magazines, curled them with a scissors and glued them to a wreath form.

The birds are also made from magazines using a special paper mache recipe. This is the reason I’ll be doing a series of paper mache projects this week. I made a full batch of the special paper mache paste which is enough to make paper mache crafts for weeks.

Here’s the recipe. I would cut it in half or even a fourth… it makes a lot of paste.
  • Combine ½ cup flour and 2 cups cold water in a bowl.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a sauce pan and add the flour and cold water mixture.
  • Bring to a boil again.
  • Remove from heat and add 3 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Let cool. The paste will thicken as it cools.
Tear colorful magazine pages into thin strips and dip into the mixture. For these birds, I cut out cardboard templates and paper mached over the cardboard.

Let your paper mache thoroughly dry.
Stay tuned for more paper mache crafts this week as I make my way through the vat of paste that I made.

This project is linked at the following:

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Inkling: security envelope bird

A while back, I made these security envelope cards.

I still have stacks of junk mail security envelopes and wanted to use some of them up. Since most of the envelopes are blue, I decided to make a bird.

To make a bird like this, draw or trace the outline of your bird onto a piece paper. Cut out feather shapes from your security envelopes and glue them onto the shape.


The more envelope patterns you have, the more interesting your finished design will be.

This is a craft that can also be modified for young children. Use clipart or a coloring book and let them glue the pieces onto the shapes.

The best reason to craft with security envelopes? It gives junk mail a new purpose besides the recycling bin.

This project is linked at the following:

  The Trendy Treehouse lil luna link party button

And other link parties that I participate can be found

Monday, January 24, 2011

Etceteras: bread basket bird nest

I sense that the craft world is ready to move on from winter. I’m seeing a lot of colorful projects that include pastels, flowers and delicate fabrics. I’m ready too, but before I spring into spring, I wanted to create one more winter centerpiece for my table.

This snow bird centerpiece is made out of a silver bread basket. Because I may want to use my bread basket again someday, I lined the bottom with paper and then glued down oasis and a mound of moss. I painted twigs, a branch and a green ceramic bird with white spray paint.

This little snow bird will stay warm and cozy on my dining room table until spring. As the season starts to change, I may add eggs and small flowers and use this as a spring center piece.

If I can wait that long... I may have to give this little snow bird an early spring.