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Crafty Tuesday 2: Birds

on July 14, 2009
This should have been last weeks instalment – that didn’t work out but never mind. I chose the topic birds because of this mobile. Zia made it for her own room when she was still at school, and then passed it on to Froglet when he was born. Now it is in Nutmeg’s room, and I thought we might decorate the rest of her room with birds too. Her second name actually means dove, so it seems appropriate!

Hopefully you can see from the picture how it was made. Four squares of that squishy craft foam stuff, rolled up to make head, body and wings, and then a long triangle for the tail.

And so without further ado, here are all the birds we have made over the last few weeks.

First, a coloured rice bird (and car). We got the suggestion to colour rice from Unplug Your Kids, and Froglet very much enjoyed bashing his about in a bag with food colouring and a bit of vinegar. We didn’t have white rice, only the parboiled stuff, but I will be buying plain rice from an Indian shop soon so we can do this again because Froglet has really enjoyed playing with his rice, scooping and pouring and so on. I thought it would be interesting to do some sticking with it too:

Next, some contact paper painting. I really enjoyed this! I cut out several bird shapes and an egg from contact paper, and stuck them onto a piece of 12×12 scrapbooking paper. I thought it might hold up better than normal paper. I also put electrical tape over the edges of the paper to get a white edge. Then we put paint in Froglet’s roller tray, gave him the roller and instructed him to cover the whole paper, which he did very happily. The round spots were made with the end of the roller. It’s a complete coincidence that one little bird appears to be standing on a globe (spot), but I rather like it! We’re going to do another of these at some point for Froglet’s room, with trucks or planes, but I need the Engineer’s help because I’m no good at drawing vehicles!

It’s actually prettier than this in the flesh. The colours are better.

Froglet also made a little bird on a nest when we experimented with cornstarch clay a while back. He had seen it on one of the blogs I read, and wanted to do one too. I showed him on my own bit of clay how he could shape a bird’s head and nest and eggs, but he did it all himself, I’m so proud of him!

And finally, a whole load of little matching birds. I made a stencil from cardboard and then just drew out a great number of them on cardboard of various colours. Some Froglet decorated with puffy paint after we finished using it for Open Ended Art the other day. Some he marbled with shaving cream – this is a lot of fun but our shaving cream smells very strong. Basically you put the shaving cream in a tray of some sort, then drip on as much food colouring as you like, wherever you like it, and stir to get that marbled effect. Press your bird down firmly onto the shaving cream, lift off and either scrape off the excess cream straight away with a spatula or leave to dry for a few minutes then wipe off with kitchen roll. We tried both and didn’t see any difference.

Glitter-y, shaving cream-y, puffy paint-y.

The glittery set of birds was based on an idea we got from 4 Crazy Kings. I cut out the birds (the smaller birds are made from the bits cut out of the larger birds), then stuck some to some tissue paper on top of sticky-backed plastic. Others I just laid down on the white sticky-backed plastic directly. Then we filled them with glue and Froglet helped me sprinkle glitter and stars on them. The two he did by himself are the white one on the left and the small one at the top (I made the “Mummy” bird match his for that set). The ones directly on the plastic did not want to peel off without tearing the glue – we waited till they were dry of course – so I just cut off the plastic round the edges. They will be easy to stick onto something!

And that concludes this looong post. If you have a cool bird craft to share, please leave a link! 🙂


2 responses to “Crafty Tuesday 2: Birds

  1. Ginger says:

    Lovely, lovely, and fun!! My darling isn't old enough to do a craft, yet, but I'm storing up ideas for when he is. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What cute projects! All of these are perfect for my younger kids. Thanks for the ideas!

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