Thursday, December 15, 2011

Plumped Up Bird Ornament from Art Philosophy

My Grandma Irene was always a fan of birds, and Cardinals were her favorite.  When I saw the bird image included in the Art Philosophy cartridge, I immediately knew that I had to make some kind of a .bird ornament for the holidays with it.  I used the red plaid B&T Duos paper from the Believe paper packet.  I cut out one bird at 4" and its flipped image also at 4".  I did the same for the wings, but just used the reverse side of the paper.  (There is a button on my expression that says flip, and it produces the mirror image for those of you that have never tried it :)   

Next, I used a paper piercer to poke holes along the outside of the bird's body.

Using a large needle and some baker's twine, I just stitched the bird almost all of the way closed.  I used some stuffing and plumped up my bird before finishing off my stitches.  I used that simple stitch that you learn in elementary school.

My bird was easy to finish.  I glued the wings on, added some Opaques Adhesive Gems for the eyes and glittered the tail with some Red Glitz Glitter Gel.  I added a little more baker's twine that I stitched through one of the pierced holes to form a hanger, and hung the bird from the tree.