Don’t you love baby birds?
I’ve been looking forward to sharing this tutorial with you. ‘Cause I love these baby Bluebirds!
Spunky Daughter made these dark blue birds while spending the night with a friend. They were fourth graders, full of energy, and the friend’s mom had some energy, too, as she planned and directed “craft time” for the girls.
These have been a favorite of mine since Spunky Daughter gave them to me. They adorn our table every Spring, and occasionally during other seasons when I crave their presence.
To make the baby bluebirds, you will need:
3 – 2″ clay pots
3 – 1″ wooden balls or wooden candle cups
1 – 6″ clay pot tray (Wal-Mart now carries them in a brown color, which I liked better than the orange)
blue, brown, and beige craft paint and 1″ paint brush
6 tiny pom-poms or beads (for eyes)
yellow foam board
Paint the clay pot tray, using short, wispy strokes, all in varied directions so it looks like a nest. With my brown pot tray, I used beige paint and a brown that was a different shade of brown than the tray. I also painted a couple of wisps with a coppery color, just a mix it up a little. You want the background color to show through a little.
Paint clay pots and balls or candle cups blue and allow to dry completely.
Hot glue the candle cups onto bottoms of clay pots. Cut 6 triangles 3/8″-1/2″ in size out of yellow foam board. Hot glue 2 triangles in an open position over the candle cup hole of each bird.
Paint the chest of the bird a beige tone, blobbing (a highly technical term used by professional painters that will impress PAM) it on in a swirling motion. You want uneven edges. Now, that’s the kind of painting project I like. I didn’t get any of PAM’s (Painter Artist Mom’s) painting talent.
After paint is dry, it’s time for the feathers. Pick out 3 feathers and place the 2 shortest outside the longest feather.
Hot glue the feathers in this pattern on the back side of the bird.
Clip 3 or 4 feathers into 1-1/2″ (2 sections for each bird) and glue one on each side of the chest area. Using tweezers, hot glue the eyes.
Here’s a better view of the front feather placement.
Place them in the nest and go crazy over their cuteness. 😉
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