I made these paper bird scenes for the handmade bird swap and I'm so pleased with how they turned out that I wanted to share them here!
I think this one is my favourite of the bunch:
His wings are made from flocked paper that had a lovely texture. He has googly eyes and his tummy is made from individual plastic gems that I had to glue and stick down.
I wasn't sure about the colour combination at first but this one has definitely grown on me. This bird also has a gem tummy and googly eyes. His wings are made from paper that had decorative stitching all over.
I think this bird took the longest to make out of all of them! His tummy is made of sequins that I stuck down individually and overlapped. His eyes are made from mini brads. The time consuming part was his wings! I hand drew the pattern on each 'feather' and each feather is actually an individual piece that I had cut out. They had to be stuck down so that they all fitted together correctly which was much more difficult than I had anticipated!
This bird has a little glass bead for his eye. His tail was a separate piece that I covered in fine glitter before attaching it to the rest of his body. His wing is made from a paper that had decorative stitching on and I also drew on it in silver and purple glitter pens to give it more pattern. His tummy is made from a shiny mesh.
My final bird was the most brightly coloured of the lot! Like the previous one, he has a bead eye and a separate glitter tail. His wing is made from scrapbook paper that I then stamped with green ink and coloured with gel pen as well as pearly translucent glitter glue, though that hasn't really shown up in the photo. His tummy is made from a metallic blue-green paper and I drew all of the orange stars on his body.
These are the individual bird pieces all together:
Each scene is made out of seven interlocking pieces: two side supports that the other pieces slot into, a background piece with trees on, 3 further pieces with trees that stand on their own and a final piece with the bird. This shot gives a better look at how they are constructed:
I covered the back of each bird with coloured paper to match their body so the scene looks nice from behind as well. The trees are made out of quilling paper which was incredibly time consuming and fiddly to cut but I think looks quite good.
I wanted to post the birds flat so that they didn't get damaged in the post and this gave me the opportunity to design some packaging. For each bird, I made a kind-of envelope that fitted nicely into the outer envelope. All of the pieces for each bird scene then sat one on top of the other inside.
The bird cage design on the front of each envelope is a single black piece of paper that I cut sections out of and then stuck down.
I hope you liked them. Comments are always appreciated!