Posted Aug 15, 2014 by Elmers
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    Bird’s Nest

    This bird will take up to 20 minutes to make and is a good project for children over 9 years old.
    • Easy to Moderate
    • 30 min

    Supplies Needed


    1. Paint a cardboard paper plate with brown paint. Set aside to dry.
    2. Bird 1 (Detailed bird) This bird will take up to 20 minutes to make and is a good project for children over 9 years old. You will need the following strips of card stock for each bird:
      • Body: 5 (1-inch-wide) strips, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 inches long
      • Head: 2 (1-inch-wide) strips, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches long
      • Tail: 5 (1 1/2-inch-wide) strips, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches long
      • Beak: 1 (1- by 2-inch) strip
      • Eyes: 1 (1- by 1 1/2-inch) strip
    3. Prepare strips as directed above.
    4. Roll body strips into circles, overlapping the ends, and secure with Elmer’s X-treme Glue Stick, or Elmer’s Glue All.
    5. Start with the two largest circles and insert the smaller of the two into the largest. Glue with Elmer’s Glue All. Next insert the third largest circle and glue, continue with the rest of the circles.
    6. To create the tail, line the strips up from longest to shortest, so they are staggered at the top and flush at the end. Glue strips together.
    7. To attach the tail to the body use Elmer’s Glue All on a small portion of the tail, and attach to the bottom of the body.
    8. To create the head, roll strips into circles and glue. Place the smaller circle into the larger circle and glue.
    9. For the eyes roll the paper into a tight circle and adhere with Elmer’s X-treme Glue Stick, or Glue All. Place the rolled eyes through the head (in between the two circles). Glue with Elmer’s Glue All.
    10. Laying the paper for the beak vertically in front of you, fold down the top to make a crease ¾ inch and fold the bottom up, ¾ inch. This will create a space to glue the beak to the head. Once the beak is folded snip the ends to resemble a triangular beak. Glue the beak to the head.
    11. Bird 2 (Simple bird) Materials: Construction paper, other materials to design your bird (eyes, wings etc)
      • Draw and cut out any shape bird you desire. Craft as desired.
      • To make your bird stand, cut out a rectangle and fold at base (about ½ inch). Glue larger portion of the base to the bird.
    12. To make the nest: Pour Elmer’s Glue onto the brown painted plate.
    13. Place brown shredded packing material (or shredded paper bag) onto glue. Allow to dry. If desired use craft paper to cut out egg shapes and add to the nest.


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