Today I have been a busy lady! I have made the paper birds just a tiny bit cuter, added an extra idea (with Christmas on the way and all) and written my how to... Maybe you could make these into a mobile, or use them as place cards for your christmas dinner? Or maybe you can think of something else... If so, please leave a comment!!!
First, choose some nice paper. It's cool if both sides have some kind of print, because you will see both sides. If there ever was a project where you could use pages of an old book, this would be it!
Print out the Bird picture once on thick paper, this will be your template. You can download the picture by right-clicking on it, then select "save picture as...", print it in the size you want, cut it out carefully.
Take the paper you want to use for the bird, fold it in half wrong side out and lay the template on the folded paper, with the bottom straight line on the crease. If you want to make a bird that can sit somewhere, use the extra border in the template. If you want to hang it, leave the border out. Trace the template on the paper.
Cut out the bird along the line. Make sure that you cut through both layers at the same time. Open the bird and fold it back right side out (this way, you won't need to erase too many lines from the trace!). Fold the wings out on the dotted line. Fold the tail out on the dotted line.
If you want to hang your bird, glue the two bird-bodies together. If you want to set it down, only glue the beak, the head and a small piece below the wings and the tail.
If you want, you can make small namecards and glue them in between the beak!
Have fun, and don't forget to send me a pic!