DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine
How To

How To | Mechanical Bird Project

This is a fun DIY project for any skill level. These cute little mechanized birds look amazing as colorful accents to your home décor. Or make them with kids and put on a fun puppet show!

You can print your bird puppets in assorted colors that match and compliment your style.
CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE PDF

Supplies:

  • Colored card stock printed with bird puppet PDF
  • Glue stick
  • Heavy duty all purpose glue (we used oasis floral glue)
  • 6 pennies
  • Popsicle stick
  • String
  • Wooden bead

Tools:

  • Craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Awl (thumb tack also works)
  • Dremel or drill

Instructions:
1. Print the downloadable PDF on colored paper and use a craft knife to cut out both bird wings and bodies.

DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine

2. Using a glue sick, adhere the solid sides of the bird bodies together, creating one bird body with printed feather images on both sides..

DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine

3. Use a bone folder to score the edge of each wing, as in image.  Use a versatile, heavy-duty glue (I used Oasis floral glue) to attach three pennies to the solid side of each wing (the pennies act as weights).

DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine

4. Glue the tabs you created on the end of each wing onto the body.  Mini clothespins or paper clips help hold all three pieces together while drying.  Once dry, use an awl to punch a hole on each wing and at the feet of the bird.

DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine

5. Drill small holes at both ends of a popsicle stick.  Thread string through both holes.  Thread each end through a bird wing and tie off on underside of the wing.  Tie a string onto a wooden bead.  Thread other end through bird feet and knot.

DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine
DIY Cute Mechanical Bird Project | Morgan Levine

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Morgan Levine

Morgan's love of crafts began with her ceramic classes as a child in Maryland and led all the way to today's fascination with crêpe paper flowers. She collected china dolls, and later began her unique collection of snack sets, plates with a handle and space for a glass or tea cup. Morgan earned her B.A. at Pratt Institute for Industrial Design, planning to pursue table top design. She worked with Jonathan Adler and Ralph Lauren Home, then started with Martha Stewart, where she became an editorial assistant and craft blogger. She prefers poppy, festive colors to the serene and neutral, and awaits the comeback of Bargello!

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