Curly Birds

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Curly Birds
Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Feather your nest with these colorful birds made from loops of paper.

What you'll need

  • Card stock
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Clothespin
  • Toothpick

How to make it

  1. First, use this guide to measure and cut the card stock strips you'll need for each bird:

    Body: 5 (1-inch-wide) strips, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 inches long
    Head: 2 (1-inch-wide) strips, 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 inches long
    Tail: 5 (1 1/2-inch-wide) strips, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 inches long
    Beak: 1 (1- by 2-inch) strip
    Eyes: 1 (1- by 1 1/2-inch) strip

  2. Roll the body strips into circles, overlap their ends about 1/4 inch, and secure with tacky glue.

  3. Nest the circles and glue them together. Tip: Use a clothespin to hold the pieces until the glue dries. Do the same with the head strips, then glue the head to the body.

  4. Trim the tail strips into long triangles, then curl them a bit before gluing them together. Glue the tail to the body.

  5. Curly Birds - Step 5

    Fold the beak rectangle in half, then cut off the two folded corners at an angle, as shown. Fold in the tabs and glue them to the bird's head.

  6. Roll the eye piece around a toothpick to form a small tube. Secure the tube with a thin line of glue, then glue it in place.

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