Recycled Cardboard Birds

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I was inspired by this post from Krokotak and this from the Crafty Crow. Birds and recycled cardboard?! You have me at my happy place! The children could choose to create their own bird using bird almanac illustrations as inspiration or they could create a basic bird (perfect for my kinders) from a direct line drawing lesson and and add their own little special details. Beyond the acrylic paint, oil and chalk pastels offered, I had all sorts of finishing touches to add character: sequins, buttons, feathers and stick legs. (Miss Mary cut the cardboard with an X-acto knife and used the glue gun for heavy pieces.)
Thanks to the guys at Arnold's Hardware for creating (last minute) dowel bases to showcase these extra large birds. It made all the difference! Birds average between 2-3 feet tall.



I had to join the fun and create a couple birds as well

6 comments:

  1. These are great!! Reminds me of doing something like them years ago. I think that was when I bought my first electric drill and spent hours drilling holes of the dowels!!!!

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    1. Thanks Christie! I definitely need to invest in a drill for future projects.

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  2. Love it, and pinned it already! Decades ago, I taught in a middle/high school and we had a hand-held Dremel saw that was very easy to use, and great for cutting some really thick cardboard we purchased. I think cutting out a lot of these beautiful birds could be very time-consuming, if you had a large group of students.

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    1. Thanks Phyl! You're right, if I had large groups this would be Very time consuming. I'll have to look into a Dremel. Maybe large pieces of posterboard could be an alternative for cardboard for larger groups.

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  3. Awesome birds! I love them! Are these one-sided? How is the dowel attached to the bird?

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    1. Thanks! Yes, these are one-sided. The stick legs and dowels were attached with a hot glue gun.

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