As part of the twelve days of blogmas I wanted to make some book themed Christmas ornaments, and I’m hoping to post one a day for the first twelve days of December.
I wanted to start with these simple paper bird decorations, which require no origami skills whatsoever but look really cute when the are finished. They’re a perfect craft for children as they really are a five-minute craft. I’ve given my paper bird decorations literary themed by covering them with pages from a damaged book, but you could easily use coloured card and bright embellishments to make them appealing for children.
To make a paper bird ornament you will need:
- A bird shaped template (I drew around biscuit cutters)
- Glue stick
- Two old book pages
- Gold pen
- Padded double-sided tape
- Decorative thread
- A yarn or embroidery needle
How to make a paper bird ornament:
- Trace the shape of your bird template onto a piece of card then cut this out
- Smear glue all over the one side of the cardboard and stick it to your book page. Allow this to dry then cut out the shape. Repeat this using the plain side of the card.
- Cut tear drop wing shapes out of the remaining paper.
- Edge the bird and wing shapes with the gold pen.
- Using the padded double-sided tape, stick the tear drop wing shape onto the side of the bird to give it a 3D effect.
- Make two small holes with the yarn needle and thread the bird for hanging on a tree, I found that two holes gives the bird better stability when hung on the tree.