4 August 2017

DIY Bird Wall Decor...❥


This bird wall decor piece is a fun activity to create with the children.

We used a free swallow template from the internet, 
which you will find many bird templates in varied shapes and sizes.
I made a slight modification to this design as I wanted the tail to be a little thicker.

 
You will need airdry clay.
Airdry clay is available at most craft and art stores in New Zealand.

Press your paper cutout template onto the rolled clay.
Don't make it to thin.
Like any clay - the thinner it is the more fragile it will be when dry.


Use a bread and butter knife (safer for the kids) to cut around the outline of the template.
My grandson aged 5 managed to do this pretty well alone.

To make patterns, use any object you already have that will imprint.
This is a metal heart which was perfect for the task.


Then attach a hanger with more clay onto back side of bird - I used a metal bead label tag.
Carefully place onto a baking paper lined card.
Put aside to dry.

 After about four days the bird was dry.
You can keep it in its natural clay colour or paint it.
If you were to place on a covered porch I would seal it with clear sealer.

But because it was decided to put this into the bathroom, which is blue and grey, we decided to paint it with grey chalk paint. 

Once dry it was hung.
A wonderful 'Grandson and Nonna' craft memory.

And it looks wonderful with the other DIY art piece in this room too.
Faux solar leaf print



Linking at:
❥ Snickerdoodle Sunday. 


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