a bird template printed from the Internet or copied from a
patterned wrapping paper
Find a bird template you like online or in a craft book. We
used Paper Scissors Glue: 45 fun and creative
papercraft projects for kids aged 3-10 by Catherine Woram. This
user-friendly book is divided into four chapters: cutting, folding,
printing & painting, and modeling. Each chapter is filled with
several projects using these techniques. Most of the projects can
be completed in just four steps. The instructions are easy to
follow and accompanied by vibrant photographs of children
completing each craft. Best of all, many of the required supplies
are items you likely already have around your house.
Place the template on a piece of colored cardstock paper and
traced the outline.
Using scissors, cut out the bird and insert a slit where the
wings would go.
To create the wings, choose a square piece of patterned
wrapping paper (about 6 x 6 inches) and make concertina-style folds
about 1/2-inch wide.
To finish your bird, insert the folded paper into the slit and
carefully open the pleats in the paper. Add a simple black dot to
create an "eye" on both sides of your birdie.
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.