Friday, March 5, 2010

Bird Ornament Tutorial - New PDF pattern UPDATE!

Today I'm going to share a pattern and how-to for my bird ornaments. 
(*This pattern & tutorial is for personal use ONLY. Not for resale. If you want to share it online please give full credit complete with a link to this website.) -Thespoena McLaughlin 2010

The Pattern, just right click and save or print.
I have now added a link to a .PDF to print, just click below

1. Glue pattern paper to chipboard (I tore this piece of chipboard off an old notebook) and lay your pattern pieces WRONG SIDE UP on the back of the chipboard. (If you want the front and back of your bird to be covered, glue paper to both sides of chipboard and lightly trace around pattern pieces with pencil) Trace around each pattern piece and cut them out.

2. Glue a piece of paper to the back side of a small crystal so that the pattern you want shows through the front of the crystal, this one is plastic and  came off a cheap Christmas ornament from Hobby Lobby.

This shows the front side of each piece.And the heart crystal with the word "key" showing through.

3. Before putting the bird together, ink the edges of each piece. If you are unfamiliar with this technique click on the link below for a very quick tutorial...
Inking edges is very easy and a lot of fun! It can be used to give depth to almost any project weather it be a paper craft or painted box.

4. Use wing placement guides from pattern sheet to attach wings, I used 3-D adhesive foam squares (that can be found at most hobby and craft stores) to give the ornament some depth.

5. Use a small hole punch to make a small hole at the feet and attach the crystal drop. Add a small hole at the tip of the top wing and add a wire hanger, I have used vintage bobby pins as wire hangers.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me through my profile at the bottom of this site.

NOW FOR THE WINNER of one of my bird ornaments!...
From Diane Knott's Musings
If you haven't visited Diane's blog you are in for a treat, go - go now!

Have a happy day everyone!


Diane said...

Thespa, thank you for letting me know I am the winner! This is TOO GORGEOUS!!! Please don't forget to sign it!

Happy creating!!

Lululiz said...

Great tutorial, thank you so much for posting it.

Auntie Cake said...

You dear, sweet girl! Now I am going to spend all weekend making birds! Thanks for the pattern, I will let you know how they turn out! Have a great weekend!

Debby said...

Thanks for sharing your bird pattern, gorgeous. Congrats to Diane!

becky said...

That is just tooooo cute.I just came from Dianes blog.Thanks so much for sharing this!~~Becky

Peridots Garden Blog said...

This is my first visit to your blog, I came from Diane's at Diane Knotts Musings.

Love paper that the correct term...even more I love the word "Vintiquities".

I don't do paper art but I love what I see...I also get some super inspiration from the colors and designs THANK YOU!


The Feathered Nest said...

You are such a sweetie, Thespa!!! I love this tutorial! I'm so very glad that you met Diane ~ she is an angel and creates so many beautiful things....wishing you a wonderful week ahead!! hugs and love, Dawn

vikki said...

~♥~ hi! this pattern & tutorial! {i was gonna tell dawn, the feathered nest about it, but see she found it!}
the bird is precious, & could be made soo many different ways... cover with fabric or lace, etc... just endless!
your sharing of this is sucha inspiration & caring way ~ i have met another earth angel!
hugs & blessings, vikki ~♥~

FredaB said...

I am a fan of Dianes Musings and she led me here. Your blog is great and thank you for the bird tutorial. I am off to find some neat papers and make some.

Thanks again and I will visit often.



~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi, I saw your bird over at Dianes and she is the sweetest tweet! I really want to make some but I cannot enlarge your pattern. I right click as always but it prints tiny tiny. Then I put it into a word doc and enlarged it to 500% but still got just the tiny pattern. Can someone advise this clueless one? Thanks
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Vakuoli said...

Thank you for the free pattern. I used it for my Christmas cards this year:

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