How to Build a Bird Out of Cardboard

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Marker
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Origami paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint

Nature inspires art; from animals painted on the walls of caves to modern cardboard bird projects. A cardboard bird can be an elegant designer's touch, a soft addition to the garden or a fun project for kids. Making a cardboard bird costs very little in time and money.

Draw a bird template on a piece of paper with a pencil. Keep the design simple; emulate the silhouette of your favorite bird. Cut the template out with a pair of scissors.

Place the template on to a piece of cardboard. Trace the edges of the template with a marker.

Cut the traced marker line with a pair of scissors. Insert the sharp-bottom tip of the scissors through the cardboard to cut out any "island' pieces.

Decorate the bird as you see fit. You can paint the body of the bird a singular color, or use more tones for detail. You can use a marker when the paint dries to fill in the eyes and feathery details.

Approximate where the wings would come out of the body of the bird. Punch a 3/4-inch hole through the bird with the sharp part of the scissors. Use a ruler and pencil to outline the lateral mark.

Measure and mark every 3/4 inch down the shorter width of a piece of origami paper. Do the same on the opposite side. Fold the paper at these marks, over and back, making an accordion-like effect.

Pinch the origami paper so it is a long, 3/4-inch wide strip. Force feed it through the wing-hole puncture until half of the paper is through. Undo the accordion folds at each end to create wings.