Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Look what my 3rd grader taught me to make

Should I begin this post with many excuses as to why I disappeared for the last 3 weeks? I could blame the two weekends away from home, the disastrous studio I only just put back together a few nights ago, the random illnesses of my children...nah...

I'd rather show you what my third grader learned in art class today. Now I have to say hers was made out the loveliest green, yellow, and red construction paper and was about twice the size of my little bird here. I just modified (much to her delight) and she said I could share it step by step with you.
What you need:
Strips of 1/2 inch book paper
scissors
glue/adhesive of choice ( love my golden gel medium because it sets up quickly)
pencil, dowel or bamboo skewer
Glue three of your strips just at one end, this will be the beak of your bird.
Bow out the bottom strip to the desired body size and place just a dab of glue to hold in place.
Do the same for the head with the top strip.
Use your pencil, dowel, or bamboo skewer to roll up the tail feathers in any direction you like.
Already looking adorable...
Roll a couple more strips, cut to fit and glue in place to make an eye & wing.
You can even add a little curl to the top of the head.
**I forgot a picture to show you to cut the glued end into the shape of a beak, at least I remembered to tell you**

The possibilities are endless...these guys may wind up on the tree or as part of a garland strand.
God bless elementary art teachers everywhere!
Angie

7 comments:

stregata said...

These are fantastic! I don't remember learning to make these in school...

marie said...

I love these and I will be making some ASAP. Thanks (to both of you) for sharing!

Dorthe said...

Dear Angie,
thankyou, for your dear mail,--I thought you would find my comment, one day :)
I`m glad all is well, and "only" every dayes stuff came betwee,you and blogging.
What a wonderfull thing your little girl, brought home,Angie-it is beautifull,
than`ks for the tutorial .
Hugs from Dorthe

Jean W said...

So cute. And birds are my thing and I'll be making these and sharing with my grandsons. Thanks for posting the instructions. Enjoy life.

LuLu Kellogg said...

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tutorial! I am going to make some of these for my studio tree!!

xoxo

Patina Marie said...

WOW! Things sure have changed since my "art" days back in elementary school - the red and green construction paper count-down til Christmas chains...!

VERY, VERY cute!!!

Loving it.

Happy "everyday" during this holiday season. Stay warm... and sane...

Barbara Jean said...

oh so cute!!

enjoying my visit here!

blessings
barbara jean