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Momma Bird and Her Babies


Okay…well, it was a Sunday evening…and both of my kids (3 and 5 years old) were going a little stir-crazy.  I was trying to work on a project and they wouldn’t and maybe just couldn’t leave me alone.  So…I asked them if they wanted to work on an art project…and of course, they were all about making a mess….and I must say, with the feathers used in this project…it made a MESS.  But, they loved it…and the projects are really precious…and best of all…super, super EASY.  I have included the basic instructions to making this project.  AND I want to add…this takes all of 15 minutes to complete….not including glue drying time of course. 🙂

Here is Momma Bird.

and here she is with her babies~

First we cut a circle out of brown cardstock and glued on Spanish Moss:

The baby birds are made using yellow pom-poms….we used a medium-sized one for Saylor and a small one for Lizzie.  We glued google eyes on them, along with a triangle beak cut out of orange cardstock.  I used Liquid Nails for this, mainly because I knew the kiddos would be playing with them and I didn’t want the eyes coming off easily.

To make Momma bird, you want to form the cardstock (in the color of your choice) into a cone shape, staple the edges together, and cut off the bottom so that it sits flat.  It really doesn’t matter if your bird is short or tall…what is important is that the base of the cone fits over your nest.

Next, we cut out the “wings” using the same color cardstock as the momma bird’s body.  I folded the paper in half to do this.

After we cut the wings out, we cut pieces from feather boas and glued 2 strips down to each side of the bird’s wings.  Saylor wanted green feather, and Lizzie wanted pink feathers (big surprise for both of them.) Important to note that the wings are actually one piece.

I picked up some cheap feather boas in different colors from my local Hobby Lobby.

Once the feather strips have dried to the wings, staple them onto the back of the Momma bird’s body.

We also plucked a feather out of the feather boa, added a touch of glue, and poked it down into the small hole at the top of the Cardstock cone for the Momma bird’s tuft of hair. 🙂

We also glued the little baby bird’s down into the Spanish moss so they wouldn’t get lost.

Here is a photo of both birds my kids made.

This is really a fun and easy project to do with your kids.   and how cute would these be in patterned paper such as a polka-dots???  and what about a card alternative for an expectant momma?  If you make one of these, please be sure and stop by and let me know so I can go and admire it. 🙂 TFL!  Anyone interested in my projects, please be sure and sign up over at the right hand column.  A message will be sent to your e-mail anytime I up-load a new post or project! As always, thank you for any comments! Have a great rest-of-the-week!

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2 Comments to

“Momma Bird and Her Babies”

  1. Avatar August 26th, 2010 at 8:01 am deb famularo Says:

    OMG, this is the cutest damn thing I’ve seen! I love it!!!!!!!!!!! Cross your fingers, I think we sold our home. Talk about a stressful ordeal. Ugh! St Joseph is planted outside, maybe he finally came through for us!!!
    When I pack up my studio and get in an apartment temporarily, I’ll finally have some blogging time to catch up. I haven’t been on Scrapbook.com forever!!!!! I miss seeing your pretty work! It’s always so great too hear from you! Stay well….love deb

  2. Avatar August 26th, 2010 at 8:08 am Amy Baldwin Says:

    These are sooo cute Nancy! TFS….I will have to make some of these with the boys. They would have fun doing this…I am thinking these would be so cute sitting around the house at easter time too…

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