How To Make Paper Birds DIY

How To Make Paper Birds DIY
Carly Jacobs

was at Mr Smaggle’s parents place just before Christmas and I noticed his mum had a sweet little string of folded birds in her lounge room. I snapped a picture of them and reverse engineered a pattern so I could make them myself and create a how to make paper birds DIY. I thought they’d look gorgeous in my office or hanging on a door knob. I think it’s very important that everyone learn how to make paper birds.


Why? This is why.

PUT A BIRD ON IT! All joking aside, I actually freaking love bird motifs and these little guys are super easy to make and can be done in front of the TV. How cute are they? They’d make lovely decorations for a wedding or a baby shower and they look heaps fancier than they actually are. Here are the instructions.


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What you need


* Downloaded paper bird template (click on the image or here to get the full-sized version!)


Paper bird template

* A printer

* Thick paper that’s patterned on both sides (I just bought some fancy paper and stuck them together with glue)

* Scissors

* Glue stick

* Needle and thread to tie them together

* A heavy bead or decoration to weight them down so they’ll sit straight (I used a pile of decorative paperclips!)

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What you do


* Pop your patterned paper in the printer and print the template on to your paper.

* Cut out your bird pieces like this.


* Like in the photo above, concertina fold the wings and tail – the tail is longer and the wings are shorter.

* Insert the wings through the hole in the middle of the bird and the tail through the hole at the end of the bird folding them so the bend in the correct direction.

* Bring the two edges of the tail around to meet each other and glue together with a glue stick.


* Pierce a small hole at the top and bottom of each bird and string them together in a row. I just used a needle and thread! Make sure to attach a heavy decoration to the bottom bird to weigh it down so they sit straight.

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Done! You’re now free to go and put lots of birds on things and you should do it with GUSTO. Perhaps you could make a few strands and distribute them to your colleagues at work? Be a little joy spreading paper bird fairy?


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 Do you watch Portlandia? Do you totes want to put birds on things?


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  1. Christine 6 years ago

    How clever. I am totally inept at crafty things, but even I might be able to manage this. Husband snorted with derision when I said I had to google how to make a play oven from a cardboard box for my grand daughter. (It’s hard for some people). He will be thrilled to find paper birds dangling in his face all through the house. (Totally slipped in one of my all time favourite Friends quotes there, did you see?). Xx

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Ha! Yes! When Ross is being mean to Monica about learning to tell the time? Hilarious! These are so easy and if you use fancy flocked paper you don’t even need to be that neat about it – they still come out looking super profesh.

  2. merilyn 6 years ago

    I totally love birds on things too smags!
    they are so cute and you too when you are making them love your hair too!
    and go Christine! … men won’t get it really! … but girls do!
    they are a beautiful symbol of freedom!
    cheers! M:)X

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      Carly Jacobs 6 years ago

      Ha! The hair! Everyone’s been asking about hair in this photo… messy pinning that’s all it is! 🙂

  3. Bec 6 years ago

    I can totally see our office at work being adorned with these lovelies… Muchos excitement for a good weekend project, especially for this dreary Melbourne weather weekend 🙂

  4. Carly 5 years ago

    These are so pretty! Definitely going to give them ago.


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