A Well Crafted Retirement

"Retire from work, but not from life." -M.K. Soni

Stand Up Birds


Pinterest is full of spring projects right now.  I really like the scenes inside bell jars and I am going to put a few together for Easter and beyond.  While looking for elements to use I found three small wooden birdhouses from JoAnn’s that I’ve had for a while.

BirdhousesInstead of painting these, I decided to use small print scrapbook paper and modge podge to give them an wallpaper look. They were a little tricky to do, but I was pleased with the results.  When I was done I remembered a project I’d seen that used bent paperclips as feet for birds.  Rather than hand cut the shapes I decided to adapt the project for the Cricut.  The paper is from a K&Company stack, Susan Winget’s Best of Paper Pad.  I had plenty of scrap for this project.

Cartridge Used:

  • Create a Critter 2

Cut Size In Inches:

  • Mom chick @ 3.5
  • Finished birdsIcon page 44 @ 3.5
  • Bird page 59 @ 3.5

Additional Supplies:

  • a tape runner
  • small binder clips
  • craft glue like Aleene’s Max Tacky Adhesive
  • standard sized paper clips

For all three birds I cut the base layer in a spring green.  Since these little birds will be seen from both sides I cut two of each layer one facing right and the other facing left.  For each different chick I chose one of the papers I had used on the roof of a bird house for the second layer and a coordinating solid for the third layer.  Since the birds would stand on paper clip legs I trimmed the paper legs off the green layers.  I then assembled each right and left facing bird.

To bend the paper clips I set them on the table top and held the big loop down with my thumb as I pulled the small loop upwards.  I straightened that loop out, but try as I might I couldn’t get the last little bit of kink to come out.  That made them difficult to work with.  So I used the wire cutters from my jewelry tools to snip right below the kink.  A little bit of tape runner held the paper clip feet in place on the back of the birds until I could use a big dab of adhesive over that.  I spread glue over the rest of the bird, attached the back and used the mini binder clips to hold everything together.  I adjusted the feet so the birds stood up and left them to dry for several hours before removing the clips.

I learned something from this project.  That third bird didn’t look right.  I was so focused on having one bird for each of the roof papers that I didn’t stop to consider the scale of the print.  The floral print was too big and too busy for the size of the cut.


Author: padenton1948

I am a retired High School Math Teacher from the suburbs of Chicago, currently living in Loveland, Colorado. I have a lifelong love of art, music, and crafts. My artistic hobbies include acrylic paintings on birdhouses and household items, (using the “One Stroke” method), such as : jewelry boxes, perfume trays, decorative door signs, wooden lamps, etc. My most recent interest is working with stained glass mosaics.

7 thoughts on “Stand Up Birds

  1. These birds and houses are adorable! Love the way you’ve used the patterned paper, and the little paperclip feet are too cute :). Thanks for joining us this week at FCCB!

  2. Not sure if my last comment posted – love the way you’ve used the patterned papers and paper clips! Thanks for joining us at FCCB!

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