Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Handmade Bird Ornament

The other day while shopping I came upon some cool looking handmade bird ornaments selling for $10 and I thought, I could make that so I did . . . . and it came out like this . . .

Which came out OK but I wanted to bump it up a notch so I did some browsing on the internet for some inspiration and came across this . . .blog. She made some cool looking bird ornaments too so I took some of what she did and added it to my creation and voila This is what I came up with. . .

I'm going to share with you all how I created these . . .

First step get some old book paper, you could also use cardstock, music sheets, just whatever you have. Next cut out your bird three times. If your using book paper which is thin you could layer three pieces and cut it out at the same time. At the Under the Table and Dreaming Blog She gives you a jpeg that you can print out and use as a template. I used just a chipboard of a bird I had in my stash. I don't know where it came from. But I traced it and scanned it all if you want you can print it out and use it as your template.My Bird Template If you print out my template you have to scale it to 150% If you don't know how to do this just email me and I'll talk you through it. After you get your three birds cut out mount one of them to some chipboard and cut it out to make it sturdy.

For the wings I just drew them by freehand and cut them out. You need two of these.

Next your gonna want to glue your other two birds on top of your chipboard bird, but you only want to secure it in the middle because your going to be curling the ends. I attached mine with the Helmer zap dots , there like foam mounting squares but better because they are clear! I used a total of 8 of these 2 on top of each other on one side 2 on the other then layered another bird and 2 on one side and 2 on the other side.
Then I used just two clear squares to layer the birds wings going in different directions.I didn't want the wings as high so I just used one clear square for each wing.

Next I used a pencil and curled the wings, I curled one layer up and one down. Then I applied a thin layer of glue all along the edges and applied some Martha Stewart tinsel glitter in white gold all along the edges. This tensile glitter was sold in special sampler holiday packs. It comes in several colors.

Then I punched a hole in the first layer of the bird, the one glued to the chipboard behind all the other layers so I could insert a ribbon for hanging.I think these would be great to hang off a present when giving a gift too. I think it would be fairly easy to make a bunch of these at one time. If anyone decides to make one please share and I'll post your picture on here! Oh, I almost forgot, I used a little pearl for the birds eye!