Homemade Decoupage Bird Ornaments

18 December, 2012

It is true, I do have a thing about birds. And sticking paper onto things (or decoupage as the fancypantsies call it) – so here is my perfect craft, homemade decoupage birds. I made them with our Christmas tree in mind, but depending on the paper you use could be done with any season, person or occasion in mind. birds3

You will need:

Air drying clay

Cookie Cutters

Cool patterned paper

Homemade mod podge

The clay bit

Take some air-dry clay (salt dough could well do, I imagine, too)

Take a cookie cutter (I used my new homemade birdy one) or even just some scissors.

Cut out your shapes out!Air drying clay birds

Poke a hole in the top wear you want to thread them and then leave to dry.

The decoupage bit

Place your shapes onto your chosen paper and draw around it once.

Draw around your outline AGAIN -this time with an extra 1cm border.

Cut around the BORDER shape, so it is about 1cm bigger than your clay item

Cut into it, towards the original pencil park, at 1cm intervals

It will look like it has flaps all around- this makes it super easy to curve your paper around the corners.Decoupage clay birds

Get out your homemade mod podge and brush it onto the inside of your paper, and your clay item.

Pop your clay item onto the inside of your paper – so that the pattern is on the outside of your item-   and use your fingers to curve the flap around the edges of your item.

Turn it over so you can see the patterned item, and push the paper firmly onto the item.

It might take a bit of careful manipulating, until your are happy with it – no air bubbles of papery/ sharp edges. Give the whole thing an extra lick of mod podge.

Re-poke your hole.

It should  be dry in a couple of hours. I gave mine all a lick of resin, to shine them up. You could also use varnish, or leave them matt. DIY Decoupage birds

A whole flock of them now adorn our tiny potted Christmas tree.

*eeek a little physical surge of excitement just came upon me* …


Have you made any Christmas decorations this year? Would love to see them if you have link?

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  • Jen aka The Mad House 18 December, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I love these, you could make a flock as a mobile for the new babe!

    • Lucy 18 December, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Oh yeaaah, love that idea! A bird mobile, exactly what baby needs 🙂

  • 18 December, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    Those birds are lurverly. Love the new look to your site too.

    • Lucy 19 December, 2012 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks Hazel! xx

  • Hazel 18 December, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    er, sorry about excessive www. with my name!

  • Lakota [Faith hope and Charity Shopping] 18 December, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Ooh yes yes. Me likey a lot! Never thought of decoupaging salt dough/clay. Why ever not? I made lots of decs last year a couple of which are on my link-up but been a bit slack this December. I have made my wreath today though.

    • Lucy 19 December, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      I love decoupage as it hides other little disfigurements. As long as you have some fabulous paper it all looks rather pro, I reckon!

  • Jessica 19 December, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    without wanting to sound like a stalker..I love your blog!!
    I got some clay for my birthday that I’ve been itching to use and now I have the perfect craft activity – thanks for the ideas.

    • Lucy 19 December, 2012 at 6:44 pm

      Thank you lovely lady: ) Look forward to seeing how yours come out : )

  • Vicky 24 December, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Love these! Your crafty posts are my favourite – I can always count on you to come up with ace cost effective ideas! I just posted our festive post – most of our decorations are homemade, I think a little wonkiness only adds charm… ahem…
    Have a super Christmas!

    • Lucy 25 December, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Vicky 🙂 Love your festive home- so beautiful. Have a lovely Christmas xxxxx

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