I decided to make a decoupage bird, because I have been watching Kirstie’s Handmade Britain and I was inspired.
If you click onto the scrapbook options it shows a variety of links including the handmade designers website http://www.polkadotsundays.com/ by Jaina Minton, and a link with instructions http://www.channel4.com/4homes/how-to/crafts/how-to-make-paper-birds
Materials I used
Sellotape on a dispenser
Wire for the legs
Card for the beak
White Acrylic Paint
Coloured Round head Pins
How to Make
Scrunch up the newspaper many times to make it durable and then scrunch into a ball to start the body. Then add more scrunched up newspaper to shape the head into a ball and tape this to the body. I then scrunched up more newspaper to form the tail, cover all the newspaper with more tape to strengthen the bird.
To make the legs get your wire and shape it into the fork type shape, and pierce holes underneath the bird. I put some glue onto the wire and then pressed it into the hole.
Cut out the beak from some card and then attach with the glue.
Paint all of the bird with the white acrylic paint and allow to dry.
Now to glue on all the decoupage paper pieces, cut them all into squares and attach them to the bird. Make sure the entire bird is covered in PVA glue as it dries clear, I then did a second coat to ensure it was protected. I used 2 pins with the coloured heads to press into the bird’s head for eyes.
With thanks to Jaina Minton and Kirstie Allsopp
The designer Jaina Minton also sells her items on an Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/PolkaDotSundays
I feel my birdie isn’t as defined as hers but I can practice, I thought of trying a frog next time.