The No Money Mama has seen this awesome Spool Sewing bird tutorial around for a while and I just adore it. Let's just say sewing is not my thing, so I thought to myself, "What about paper?" Today we will be working with: paper, glue, scissors and pipe cleaners.
I have been holding on to this super cute monkey paper from Michael's, just waiting for the right project.
And yes, the hot pink monkeys are flocked! It kind of reminds me of the PB Kids Emmy collection. So, I made a few changes to the original Spool Sewing bird tutorial, and here it is. My birds were printed out at 100%. *Please note, I did not create the original Spool Sewing bird pattern, I only made a few slight adjustments to turn it from a sewing project into a paper craft.
Cut out the body and belly out of coordinating papers, I got three bodies out of one 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper and plenty of bellies out of another coordinating piece. Fold the flaps to the wrong side. then punch the holes in the belly as shown (make sure only 1/4 of the hole is on the inside of the belly, we need a very small hole for the pipe cleaner legs to fit through.)
Glue the belly to the body. Put the glue on the flaps of the belly and glue to one side of the body, starting tail first, let it dry, then glue the other side. I used Elmer's glue, but now looking back I think that Crazy Glue would work even better.
Glue the flaps of the head and press together. After the entire bird was dry, I used a chop stick to poke out any little dents or wrinkles.
Push the pipe cleaner into one leg hole and out through the other.
If you are going to wrap the legs around something, you can leave the pipe cleaners alone and you are finished! If you are making a free standing bird, measure about 2" of the pipe cleaner on each side for the legs and cut. Fold little "L's" at the bottom of the legs and use the cut off pipe cleaner scraps to wrap around the "L's" and fashion your bird feet. So "tweet"!