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Crafty! How To Make Fun Treetop Birds

Looking for a fun weekend activity to try with your kids? Why not try this tree full of sweeting birds, which can be made using leftover cardboard? It’s also a great excuse to learn about different types of birds while you decide what to decorate, whether you spot them on a nature walk, or get out the bird book.

In Spring, the trees frow full of fresh green leaves. Make this little tree decoration, complete with tiny, sweet birds to celebrate!

You will need:

1. Lay a piece of corrugated cardboard down with the slots going from top to bottom. Draw the outline of a tree in pencil. Play around with it until you’ve got the shape and number of branches you want. Then cut it out.

2. To make the tree stand, place the bottom of the trunk onto another piece of cardboard and draw around it. Cut out the shape. Cut a slit halfway into the card and another, the same length, into the tree trunk and slot one into the other.

3. Cut out some leaf-shapes from your fabric or felt and use a toothpick to push them into the slots along the branches.

4. Next, draw a teardrop shape onto another piece of cardboard, again placed down with the slots going from top to bottom. This will be your bird. Cut out as many of these as you like and decorate them with scraps of fabric and felt. Draw some features with your pen.

5. Use small pieces of toothpick inserted into the slots in the bird’s body as legs. Then place the birds onto the branches using the same technique.

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Please Note: There's quite a bit of cutting involved when you start creating this masterpiece. Make sure you always supervise children when scissors are around!

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About the Author

Sadhbh Devlin has always been told she has a head for hats. In truth, she only owns two hats, both woollen and shapeless. She does, however, wear many metaphorical hats. She is mother to five-year-old twin girls, wife to a very tall husband, a crafter, a party-lover, an avid photo snapper, a sometime production designer and soon-to-be TV presenter. She writes about all of these hats and more at her award-winning blog www.wherewishescomefrom.com. Find her on Twitter @wherewishes.

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