We are still unpacking and settling into our new place, and despite the fact I told myself I wouldn’t start any craft projects until we were completely unpacked, I couldn’t resist taking a break from unpacking yesterday and creating a quick little project using some decorative birds I found at the dollar store.
Originally I envisioned displaying this project as a mobile or wall hanging.
While I still think that this project would make a cute mobile, I ultimately decided to cut apart my branch and place it in a decorative bird cage that we used as a card box at our wedding.
First, I painted the craft birds with watercolor paints and iridescent watercolor medium. (The birds came painted in pastels, but I wanted them to have darker, richer colors.)
Second, I made 24 leaves. For each leaf, I used a piece of 34 gauge gold colored wire and 39 green seed beads. I strung two seed beads on the wire and passed the opposite end of the wire back through the second bead.
For the cage arrangement, I cut the branch into sections and placed it into a decorative bird cage (which I spray painted gold as part of an earlier project).
- Watercolor paints
- Watercolor iridescent medium
- Wire cutters and needle nose pliers
- Seed beads (I ended up only using one color)
- 34 gauge gold colored wire
- Flower sequins
- 2 craft birds
- Clear string (for hanging mobile)
- Glue gun and glue