These 3D paper birds inspired by Scandinavian folk art are easy to make, and fun to use as Christmas ornaments or year round decorations. You may also love these Christmas crafts : Enchanting 3D Giant Snowflakes , and farmhouse style bleached pine cones WITHOUT bleach!
I have always wanted to make 3D paper birds. Finally I found a super quick and easy way to make them!
If you love paper crafts, and unique decorations you can make easily, you will love these folk art inspired paper birds! They would be beautiful on hanging mobiles or as Christmas tree ornaments.
All you need are very simple materials and tools, and the free printable patterns to make these 3D paper birds. Let’s begin !
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Materials and tools to make 3D paper bird Christmas crafts
These decorative stars are made from our DIY baking soda air dry clay! Recipe here!
- regular printer copy paper for the birds, colored paper or card stock for the wings and tails.
- glue or glue sticks, scissors, color threads or strings for hanging, and a home printer to print the paper bird patterns
Check out the video tutorial or skip to written tutorial below!
Step 1. Print and cut paper birds
Download the free paper bird designs and templates below, and print them out. I have included lots of colors, you can just print the pages with colors and designs you like best.
Step 2. Glue the 3D paper birds
Fold the two side pieces and one bottom piece in half, glue the 3 pieces together as shown in photo.
The key is to fold each piece carefully and precisely, and only use a little bit of glue. Glue sticks are probably easier to use here!
Step 3. add wings and tails to the paper birds
Take some color paper or card stock ( make sure they are colored on both sides), use the printed templates as guides, and cut out the wings and tails for each paper bird.
Glue them to the birds as shown, and shape them gently so they are curled open.
When you glue the wings, leave a little space along the top edge so you can thread some strings for the hanging paper bird ornaments.
It may take a couple of tries to find a good balance point for each paper bird.
Now you are ready to use these paper birds as hanging ornaments on some branches or a Christmas tree!
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