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How to Embellish Craft Birds Tons_of_Treasures 07012013So many readers have asked for the “how-to” that I created a document while I was working on my birds over the weekend. Besides the crowns, some of the birds were painted, too!
How to Embellish Craft Birds
Turn a Craft Store Bird into Royalty
Birds from Craft Store (samples came from my stash ~ probably from the 1980’s!)
Decorative Paper (heavier scrap book paper scraps work well)
Nail Art (tiny rhinestone-like jewels for manicures – available online)
White Glue & Water
Glue Vessel (like an old jar lid)
Cut scrap book paper into strips 1” – 1.5” wide
Use pinking shears to cut these in half lengthwise
Randomly cut these strips into lengths for crowns that will fit birds (3/4” – 1 1/2” works well)
Wrap one piece at a time around thick paintbrush handle and glue together
Sort out jewels
Mix white glue with a little water in jar lid
Use fine stiff paintbrush to apply glue onto crown front
Develop design with jewels, adding glue as needed
(Tip: moisten other end of paintbrush to pick up single jewel easily.)
Use dry paintbrush handle to move jewels around and straighten as needed
Set aside to dry
Match bird up with crown. Apply glue to inside rim of crown and place on head.
Side note: Sometimes the birds are a little freaky and need some other embellishments. This little one needed to get her eyes done. I made eyelids and lashes and glued them on. One pupil was too small, so a dot of black paint fixed her up!
Place on perch, birdhouses, birdcages…. Wherever a little royalty belongs
Feel free to e-mail any questions, or to share pictures of your birds! Tons_of_Treasures@yahoo.com