On a summer afternoon, fun can be had making these charming birds decorated with leaves and colourful garden flowers.
Using simple cardboard shapes, they are easy to make, requiring just a few dabs of paint and household sundries to add the final features.
A posy of dainty blooms and leaves for natural texture are gathered and used to adorn the tiny models, creating a reminder of sunny days spent outside.
Plain and black cardboard
Flowers and leaves
Glue, such as PVA craft glue
How to make
Step 1: A simple simple bird shape, with a round head and leaf-shaped body, is drawn on a piece of cardboard and cut out. This can be used as a template for more birds.
Step 2: A triangular shape is cut out of the black card and stuck onto the back of the head to form the bird’s pointy beak.
Step 3: Glue is applied to the top edges of the bird’s back and a leaf of suitable size folded over to form the wings. Bright geum flowerheads are then stuck on the bird to give it a colourful breast.
Step 4: A small circle of black card is carefully stuck on the head for the eye.
Step 5: Two struck matches are glued at the bottom to form the legs. Any matches should be lit and extinguished by an adult, then left to cool entirely before use.
Step 6: A dab of pink paint gives the bird friendly rosy cheeks.