What’s better than doing DIY projects inspired by the things you enjoy the most? That’s why we’ve been looking for as many unique and diverse bird inspired crafts as we can find lately, for both ourselves and our kids, who we’re lucky to have passed on both our love for birds and our infatuation with the world of crafting and DIY to.
Just in case you’re as interested in the idea of doing some bird themed crafts and projects as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the best designs we’ve found in our creative avian searches so far.
1. Paper rolled bird
Have you ever seen just how intricate and stunning rolled paper techniques like paper quilling can really look when they’re done by experts who have been practicing for years? Well, we’re certainly not experts and we know that most people around us aren’t either, but that doesn’t mean you can’t practice crafty paper rolling techniques as a simpler level! After all, everyone starts and learns somewhere. Check out how Librarian on Display made these lovely little birds by cutting, folding, and rolling paper in strategic places to make the body, head, tail, beak, and wings.
2. Popsicle stick birds
In our house, the crafts that always go over the best on family DIY days are always the ones where everyone starts out with the same basic idea and then embellishes their own styles from there to create similar projects but with a personal flare. Our kids adore following the same theme and then looking at each other’s finished work at the end of the day and comparing who did which parts differently and admiring how fantastic each other’s work is, even if parts of it are similar or different. That’s why these crafting stick birds featured on Craftionary were such a hit! We all started out with a base of popsicles sticks glued together and a set of googly eyes at the ready and then each person grabbed feathers, foam, paint, glitter, and so on and got to work on making an exciting little bird of their own styling.
3. Cute yarn bird
Perhaps you come from a family of yarn crafting enthusiasts who are always picking up their knitting needles or reaching for their crochet hook, so collectively you’ve all got quite an impressive collection of scrap yarn ends that are too short to make something from in your usual techniques, but that you’re still always hoping to find creative uses for? Then we think you sound like the perfect DIY enthusiasts to try your hand at making these absolutely darling little yarn bids featured on Guidecentral! Once you’ve completely their steps for making the bird itself using yarn gathering techniques, they even show you how to embellish the eyes, beak, and feet.
4. Origami bird
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about paper rolling techniques, but you think perhaps your kids are actually still a little bit too young to make all those strips and pieces behave properly, even though you very much would like to start introducing them to new paper crafting techniques? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how DIY Paper Crafts made an adorable little bird by using simple origami techniques instead! Their steps are clear and simple to follow, which we greatly appreciated when we tried this project out ourselves with our own kids.
5. Paper plate bird Valentines
Valentine’s Day might not be for a number of months, since we’ve just been talking about the warm late summer days we’re currently enjoying, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find future holiday ideas now and bookmark them for later so long as they’re around the theme we love so much! These adorable little paper plate birds outlined step by step on Handicraft that make fantastic Valentines are the perfect idea of what we mean.
6. Paper plate, pom pom, and dried pasta bird’s nests
If your kids are going to spend an entire afternoon getting crafty, do you already know that you’ll be able to hold their attention the best if you help them gather and work with tools and supplies that are a little more unconventional than what scissors, white glue, and construction paper they might usually use on an average day? Then we definitely think you should take a look at how The DIY Mommy made adorable mixed-media birds’ nests using paper plates, fake flowers, dried pasta “sticks”, and little pom pom birds.
7. Flapping origami bird
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about origami birds because you’ve always loved creating origami projects of all different shapes and kinds, but your kids are actually a little bit older and you think they might even prefer to create something that’s a bit more of a challenge? Then here’s a slightly more advanced origami bird pattern that actually flaps its wings if you fold it just right! Get the full details for trying it out yourself on AS World.
8. Paper finger puppet
No matter how young or old our kids are, they’ve always loved projects that let them enjoy not only the crafting process itself, but also being able to use or play with whatever they’ve made when it’s all finished at the end of the afternoon! That’s why homemade toys and DIY novelty trinkets have always been such a hit in our house. These adorable little paper finger puppet birds outlined step by step on Play Kids are the perfect example of what we mean.
9. DIY seed heart bird feeders
We’ve talked a whole lot of crafting projects that are themed around birds, shaped like birds, or inspired by birds until this point on our list, but what if we told you that you could also craft for the real live birds you encounter in your life? Well, Whats Up Moms is here to show you just how simple and rewarding doing that can be by walking you through the way they made an adorable heart-shaped bird feeder. Hang it in your garden and watch all the colourful songbirds stop by for a snack in the sun.
10. DIY milk carton bird feeder
Are you very interested indeed in making a cute, DIY bird feeder that you can hang in your backyard and watch the birds from your neighbourhood enjoy each morning but you’re just not sure your kids will be interested in making the harder version we showed you above, since they’re still quite small and prefer to decorate things at their whim? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little better with this adorable DIY bird feeder idea make from a milk or juice carton! Get the full steps for making one of your own on PBS Parents.
11. Pine cone bird ornaments
Perhaps you’re actually still scrolling through our list because, despite the fact that you’ve found lots of awesome little bird themed ideas that you think your kids will really enjoy, you’d also like to find a slightly more decor based crafting idea that’s more fitting for you to do on a rainy afternoon? Then we’d suggest gathering a few pine cones from your backyard and checking out how Lia Griffith used paint, wooden beads, and felt to create these adorable little pine cone birds that you can place simply on your mantle or add string to in order to hang them like ornaments in your windows or on the trees in your yard.
12. Cute amigurumi crocheted birds
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about yarn based crafts that are themed after birds but you were actually hoping to find a real crochet pattern that will put your hook to work rather than just using your leftover scraps? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at the way Guidecentral crocheted themselves these adorably rounded little birds, adding felt beaks and beaded eyes at the end of give them a little bit of personality.
13. Craft stick and feather birds
Were your kids feeling pretty excited about the crafting stick birds idea we talked about earlier but you’ve actually sat down and come to the realization that you don’t really have as many popsicle sticks left as you thought you did? Then maybe you’d prefer this singular stick version of a similar basic idea instead! Kix Cereal suggests embellishing each stick with feathers to make lovely, extravagant looking birds that almost resemble showgirls with their big feathered fans.
14. DIY pecking bird toy
Are you and your kids perhaps still feeling most interested in the ideas that let you create something with moving parts of some kind of function when you’re all done? Well, we can’t say we blame you; we often find those the most interesting crafts to make as well! That’s why we thought these adorable little “pecking birds” made on the end of a wooden clothespin were such a fantastic idea. Take a look at Grand Illusions to see how they’re made in more detail.