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Standing Bird

As promised here we go – this is going to be a long one!

You will need:

  • two 1 x 12 inch strips of cardstock
  • one  3/4 inch strip of cardstock
  • two 1/2 x 12 inch strips of cardstock
  • one 2 x 12 inch strip of cardstock (this is a change from my design)

You will need some other bits as well, but scraps or what is left from your original 12 x 12 sheet will do.

Take one of the 1 x 12 inch strips and measure 1 1/2 inch from each end.  Cut a slit to the half way point.  Cut a matching slit at the other end – one slit will  be cut DOWN, the other UP. What you are seeing is the head (much smaller, but it’s the same process.)

Fit the slits together to create this:

Take the other piece of 1 x 12 inch cardstock and cut it into four 3 inch pieces.

Stick each pair back to back. Cut a slit 1 1/2 inches along, 1/2 inch deep.  Slot them together, making this:

Take the 3/4 inch piece of cardstock and cut it down to 5 1/2 inches.  This will be the head.  Cut a slit each end, as in the first step, one down, one up, but only 1/2 inch from the end. Slot together to make this:

Take the 2 x 12 inch piece of cardstock and cut two 2 x 5 1/2 inch pieces.

Stick them back to back, bit offset them by about 1/4 inch.  This way, when you stick the into a tube, they will not have 4 x the thickness at the ends.

Originally I had made this piece only 1 1/2 inches wide but I found that was too small.  The inner circle needs to be 1 inch (the width of the body) + 1/2 inch + 1/2 inch (for the wing strips) You will see how I accommodated my error later.

At this point to can assemble the basic bird body – Stick the 2 inch tube into the body, sticking it at the bottom edge.  It will NOT fill the space.  Stick the bottom of the body to the stand, just at the edges of the tip of the X.

You can see the tail has some extra bits added.  They were made by taking two  3 x 1 1/2 inch pieces of cardstock and cutting one like this (make sure the bottom edge is 1 inch, to match the existing tail!):

and then a few additional cuts on the other like this:

Take a 1 x 2 inch scrap and and score a 1/8th inch fold in the middle then cut the beak.  Stick that on to the head.

The eyes are the same as the fish from a few posts back.  Just a thin strip of card, and a few circles.  I did an eye only on one side for this one as you really only SEE one side.

Stick the tail inside the head, behind the beak.

Stick the head onto the body – you can place this anywhere you like, so it looks like the head is point up, down, straight on…

For the wings, take the 1/2 x 12 inch strips and score at 8 inches.  This is hard to explain, but just slide the ends along the strip, till you like the shape.    The top will be straight, the bottom a curve.

They can be quite rounded or quite gentle a curve, as you prefer. Stick the end in place and trim but leave a 1/2 inch or so for sticking the wings on to the center tube.

Maybe you can see, with my thinner center tube, I had to cut a small slit in the wings so they could be stuck without being wonky!

I have SO MANY ideas for embellishing this little guy.  If I am brutally honest, I don’t like him as much as the ones from the other book….

but I think he has potential.  I won’t be able to play till I am back, but you can!  I hope I’ve been clear enough for you to do so.  And if you do, be sure to share.