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Easter Birdie Bookmark
Maria Chatzi : Easter Birdie Bookmark Craft

Spring / Easter Craft Project

Easter Birdie Bookmark

By Maria Chatzi

Level of difficulty: Easy

Age: kids (6+) and teens

Materials:

  • a toilet paper tube
  • pencil
  • a medium sized metal paper clip
  • a piece of thick craft paper, color yellow, big enough to draw two circles on it (using the paper tube as a template)
  • 2 red feathers
  • a tiny flat bead (or tiny spacer)
  • colorful scrap fabric
  • glue
  • scissors

Instructions:

Step 1

Step 1

Use the toilet paper tube as a template and draw 2 circles on the thick yellow craft paper (don’t draw them very close to each other). These are the body of your birdie (front and back side). Add the beak (see fig 1) and use your scissors to cut both circles out.

Steps 2 & 3

Step 2

After that, take one of these yellow circles and glue the red feathers so as to form the bird’s tail. Place the upper part of the metal paper clip on the lower part of the yellow circle. (Remember this circle you’re working on is the back side of your birdie).

Step 3

To continue, apply glue on the whole surface of the yellow circle, evenly, including the part of the paper clip which you would be closing between the front and back sides of your bird’s body. Place the second yellow circle on top and press, gently, with your palm for a couple of seconds. Let the glue dry.

Have a look at fig 2 to see what your birdie should look like after steps 2 and 3.

From now on, you’re going to be working only on the front side of your Easter Birdie Bookmark.

Step 1

Step 4

When the glue has dried, cut out a shape that looks like a small drop from the colorful scrap fabric. This is your birdie’s wing. Glue it onto the front side of the body.

Step 5

Color the beak orange.

Step 6

Add the bead (to give your birdie an eye), wait for the glue to harden and your Easter Birdie Bookmark is ready (see fig 3).

Tip

When gluing this second circle onto the first one, it is better to start with the beak so it is glued exactly onto the back side’s beak — then the rest of the design falls in place easily.

Extra ideas

  1. You could use the same birdie design to make a garland and other decorations for your home — you only need to change the dimensions to a bigger size.
  2. Instead of using a toilet paper tube as a template for the circles, use a cylindrical pencil holder or a baked beans tin. You could even make garden stakes with this easy birdie design. Make a bunch of them in different colors and with different materials too.
  3. After you’ve made some birdies, try making a couple of easter bunny bookmarks or butterfly bookmarks of the same type.

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Maria ChatziMaria Chatzi is a teacher, jewelry artist, and craft designer who loves nature, learning and helping adults and kids discover their creative side. More »

3/13/13