Sunday, April 10, 2011

Scrappy Sparrows

I love finding inspiration...

A BIG thank you to Sugar & Spice in the Land of Balls & Sticks for inspiring this project and post!

While visiting her lovely blog, a little bird told me that Spring is here!



Want to welcome Spring into your own home?  These little guys are made out of paperclips and scrapbook paper.


Here's the how to...


Gather the Gear.
Materials include: Card stock, Scrapbook Paper, Paperclips, Acrylic Craft Paint, Glue {optional - Mod Podge}.
Tools include: Pencil, Scissors, Paintbrush, Glue Gun.



Template Time.
Making a template out of card stock makes it easier to make a whole flock.  Draw out your own shapes or use my Scrappy Sparrow Template.



Cut & Paste.
Fold your sheet of scrapbook paper.  Trace out your template.  Cut out and then glue just the head, back and tail together.


Now that's a nice pair of legs!
Ordinary metal paperclips are easily reshaped...       {just pull up and straighten the centre}


 ...and then glued onto the paper bird.

 

These birds didn't hatch yesterday.
Make them look that way with a touch of dark brown paint to the edges.
After their wings are glued in place, a light coat of Mod Podge can also be added for extra durability.
I like to bend the ends of the paperclips in a little bit too. 



Now hopefully you'll get a chance to get out there and enjoy some lovely weather, but before you do... hop on over to Sugar & Spice in the Land of Balls & Sticks where you'll find the Spring Mantel that inspired these little guys.

 Thanks for stopping by.


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57 comments:

  1. This so darn cute!!! Thanks for sharing. The little paperclip feet are adorable. Stopping by from Sunday Showcase. I am a new follower. Great blog. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

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  2. Your birds are adorable! Love the paper you used! Thanks so much for the shout out.

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  3. They are so cute! I love how they stand on their own. I am going to have to make some! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Oh my goodness those are cute and easy-to-make! I love bird stuff. May need to make a little flock of my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. These are so cute !!!! I will definately add this to my need to make list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Very cute! I love that you added the legs so that they'll stand up! I think I see a few of these looking for a place to land in my house!

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  7. Thanks for your sweet comments and.....Oh my goodness these birds are so incredibly adorable and so simple! I think I might just make a few tomorrow!

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  8. Adorable -- and SO many possibilities for different holidays, Christmas, Valentine's Day, you name it! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. So cute and easy too! Great way to welcome spring.

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  10. Super creative and ADORABLE!!!

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my son's surfer room :)

    Lina
    Fancy Frugal Life

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  11. These are so flippin' cute! I'm so into little birdies right now and these are super cute!!

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  12. Totally adorable!! I think I will have to try these! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  13. So cute, so simple. Thank you for the great project!!

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  14. What a cute idea!!! I am so wanting to make a flock just like you said! I am glad I came across your idea, thanks for sharing!!!

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  15. Very cute!!
    Coming from the At home with K Tuesday linky party!!

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  16. Oh these are so so cute! A-dorable!! Found your awesome blog over at Under the Table and Dreaming - thanks so much for sharing! Vxx

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  17. What a great idea! I'm your newest follower!

    I'd love for you to come and link up your crafts with us at Show Off Your Crafty Side blog hop if you get a chance.
    http://thepurplefroggieclaystuff.blogspot.com/2011/04/show-off-your-crafty-side-blog-hop-week_12.html

    Have a great Tuesday!

    Cindy

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  18. What a great idea! I love the paper clip legs! This is a project that I can definitely do along side my sons. The brown edges is a nice touch as well.
    Thanks so much for linking up to Terrific Under Ten today!

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  19. Love the birds.... Thanks for the inspiration. Check out my blog sometime, I have found myself decorating with birds lately too...ormsbysorganizedchaos.blogspot.com...

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  20. These are awesome! and that's a great idea for a gift I wanted to make. Thanks!

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  21. I featured your little sparrows on my blog today!!

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  22. These are so adorable. I love them, especially how easy they are to make.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers,
    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

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  23. So pretty! Can't wait to try this one...and those little feet...too cute!

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  24. Oh my goodness those are so cute. I love the little paperclip legs!

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  25. Ohhh sooo cute!!! Thank you for sharing this!!!
    I'm hoping from Show and tell Saturdays to your lovely blog!!! New follower:-)
    Maybe if you have the chance you could stop by my blog @http://sewhappiness.blogspot.com

    Have a great weekend!!!
    Eleni

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  26. Hey,
    I am so going to have a go at this, love it and I love ur eggs..
    Tracey

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  27. great tute! super cute- Swould love for you to link this up :)


    Lolly Jane
    lollyjaneboutique.blogspot.com

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  28. I think these are just adorable! I'm going to feature them today!
    Jen
    Scissors & SPatulas

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  29. Such a cute idea! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  31. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I printed the pattern out back when you posted it, but am just getting around to making it. I can't wait!

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  32. I am wondering where you got your cute photo albums?

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    1. Hi Shannon!

      I purchased the set of photo albums years ago at a beautiful little shop called "Brushwood at Home" in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada.
      I'm not sure if you can see in the picture, but written on the spines are "Engagement", "Wedding", and "Honeymoon"... one album for each one.
      Inside the album cover, it says "Mindy Weiss for Two's Company"
      So after a quick search, I found a couple websites that may be helpful...

      shopmindyweiss.com

      and

      www.twoscompany.com

      I wasn't able to find the album set at either site, so I don't know if it is still available. You could try contacting them for more information.
      Also, the phone number for the Brushwood store is listed as: 519-396-2800
      Hope that helps!

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  33. Thank you so much for sharing your scrappy sparrows, and especially for the template for those of us who are drawing impaired! Blessings!

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  34. I can't wait to make some of these! Thanks so much!

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  35. Delighted to see these on Pinterest...I think I want a whole flock for my house! :)

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  36. Love! Love! Love! Thanks for sharing with the world.

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  37. These are so cute! I didn't have any scrapbooking paper so I dug out a bunch of old photos of scenery--sunsets and blue sky and rolling hills of wildflowers--and made my birds from the pictures. They were adorable!

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  38. Your skills inspire me a lot...but i think you should video to demonstrate the process...

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  39. Hi there!
    I am so excited to find you through Pinterest! I was searching for birdie ideas for a special project with my first graders and this template is perfect! Thanks for sharing your creativity! Happy to be your newest follower! Drop by!
    Julie
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

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  40. So STINKIN' CUTE!!!!! Thanks for sharing your talents!!!

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  41. Darling little sparrows - they have such personality!

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  43. Oh wow!!! This is AWESOME! I have a total obsession with birds! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. I made ten of these for the ladies in my book club. I didn't use scrapbooking paper, I ended up using pages from an old, used copy of Homer's The Odyssey. It was a perfect tie-in for the book we've read this month The Art of Floating by Kristin Bair O'Keeffe. I ended up distressing the pages by scrunching them up (like I was throwing them away), then opening them up to show the various creases. Then, I swiped an ink pad over the creases. After a couple spritzes of water, I ironed the paper flat. I inked all the edges. I think they came out awesome! I had to play with the paper clips for quite some time to get them to stand up. Angling them away from each other helped. Thanks for sharing!

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  45. Thanks for the templates; those birds are so cute. My kids & I are making them as decorations for a nearby assisted living center. The kids were really excited about them, and we'll probably make a few extra to keep at home.

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  46. This may be an older posting, but I just saw these cute little birds on a Pinterest page...had to take a closer look. Way too cute!!! I'm going to make a few of these for some friends. Thanks for the template!

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  47. Dear Andrea,

    Thank you so much for sharing the template and instructions on making these sweet little birds.

    I can't wait to make one.

    Susan

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  48. What beautiful paper birdies! If you spot any real birds flying into your yard that just won't leave, check out bird removal NJ

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  49. Thank you for sharing your vision, instructions, and template! You are inspired!

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