You can make this! Paper Bird Tutorial

paperbird1Want to make some cute little paper birds, too? Here’s how:

You’ll need:

  • Paper (I used brown packaging paper)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Watercolours and brushes or whatever colours you want to use
  • Black ink pen
  • Washi Tape
  • Glue
  • Needle and Thread
  1. Make a pattern or use this one (print in original size).paperbird-pattern
  2. Copy your pattern to the paper you want to use. I cut mine out, laid it onto the brown paper and drew around the pattern. Then I added the marks.
  3. Cut out the shape.paperbird-tut-1
  4. Colour your bird with watercolours, add some black ink and washi tape. I continued adding details after the bird was glued together.paperbird-tut-2
  5. Fold along the middle line of one of the marked triangles, the bend going inwards to the plain side.
  6. Fold along the left and right line of the triangle, the bend facing toward the coloured side. All creases should stop at the point where they meet. I hope it get’s clear in the pictures. Repeat with the other triangle.paperbird-tut-3
  7. Glue the both sides of a triangle together. Repeat with the other triangle. In the end you should have two corners extending into the inside of the bird.paperbird-tut-4
  8. Glue the ends of the wings together (marked by a cross and an arrow in the picture below), the paper should now form a loop. paperbird-tut-5
  9. Pull the tail downwards through the loop.paperbird-tut-6
  10. Glue the little corner (shaded in the pattern) onto the area between the two little dots.
  11. Add some more details using black ink or whatever you like.
  12. Slightly roll the part forming the head and glue it to the body (see the arrow in the picture), just at the point above the beak. paperbird-tut-8
  13. Carefully push the paper until you are satisfied with the bird’s shape.
  14. Add a thread through the bird’s back to hang it up.paperbird-tut-9

Done! If you have any questions, let me know. What kind of bird would you make and what colours would you use?

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