The other day my little one had a friend over and wanted requested that I give them a “kids craft project”. Yes those are her words lol. I think I must say “adult craft project” too much to her. She comes to my shop and wants to help with projects that are too complex for her, I feel bad not allowing her, but I do teach her as she watches.
She has also been obsessed with paper crafts since she started Kindergarten last fall. If you saw my living room floor right now you would feel my pain. She has 20 colors of paper cut up to “build” things with. Its a path through the room. It keeps her content though.
So back to this project..I am slightly obsessed with bird cages and thought this would be the perfect craft for them to make. It took a few minutes of my time to cut the pieces out with the paper cutter, but then they were able to do everything else with a little demo from me.
12×12 paper of your choice. I choose double sided pages.
Glue or double sided tape
Decorative Brads (I used these to hold the flowers on and the top together)
Ok now that you have your list lets get to crafting! Oh, don’t forget your cute kiddo!
I got lucky with 2 cuties to create this fun paper project.
Start by cutting out 1 inch strips. I cut the entire sheet of paper. You will need one full sheet and if you want to use different colors for the base and top hoop then cut out 2 more strips from another sheet. (after we started to put the bird house together, I realized the paper was too thin and it was not holding properly. So if you have non card stock type of paper you will need to double up the strips, so cut 2 papers into one inch strips.)
Put 2 strips of paper that you are using for the base and glue them together. We overlapped them 2 inches but you can vary this to make different size cages.
Then I placed a dot every 2.5 inches and put a dot on the ends of the strips so the girls could line them up easily and glue them in place.
Glue them the whole way across and let them dry. I wish I would have used double sided tape for this because they had zero patience lol.
This is where we realized the paper was too thin so I cut more strips out of card stock and lined the inside. You can avoid our fail all together by using card stock paper to begin with!
Then fold the ends together and glue. We added the top hoop before this step, but add it after. It was a bit of a nightmare and I ended up having to cut the paper to make it fit right, you will see what I mean in the last photo. We just put the hoop up to high.
Here is it drying. Happy girl patiently waiting to get this finished!
Then fold the tops in and use the brad to hold it in place. Now lets work on the birdies. (I forgot to take a photo of this so you are getting a sneak peak of how to attach the birdies too!)
I cut a shape out of card stock and gave the girls each one. I cut them to fit inside the cage, so you will just have to free hand a bird to fit.
Then I cut a bunch of pieces ribbon out and sat them in a pile and they glued them on. I also sat out foils, feathers, buttons and a bunch of other stuff for them to get creative with. This was my little ones bird, she put the pieces on and then after they dried I trimmed the ribbons to fit the shape of the bird.
End result after gluing feathers on and trimming the ribbons. I poked a hole in the birds and hung a piece of fishing line through it. Then added it to the brad to hold it in place. You can use string or ribbon if you do not have an endless supplies of fishing line like we do!
Here is her friends. She was loving the shiny foil. I love how different they turned out and how creative they were. They are both so adorable!
There you have it. Super cute birds in cage paper craft project for the kids!! I actually want to make a vintage style one for my living room. Would you make one for yourself? Maybe minus the birds..but you never know!
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