DIY Paper Bird Craft with Free Template.

Gyspy bird by Samarra Khaja

Neatorama reader Lauren Beukes wrote:

At our post-elopement afterparty, we asked all our ridiculously creative friends to customise a paper bird for us. The end results were gobsmackingly gorgeous.

One of my favourites is the skeleton/unzip bird, which has a zip running down the centre on one side, and on the other, a teeny bird skeleton. We also had beaded birds, smashed pottery birds with sparkler tails, several feathered birds, tin birds, a burned book bird (very Fahrenheit 411) and genius robot birds various.

The template was designed by South African artist Heather Moore especially for us and she's given us permission to share the love, so if anyone wants to use our idea for their own celebrations, you can get the template from my flickr site.

Link [Flickr] | The Template - Thanks Lauren!

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Martha - yup, sent them out with the invites and we strung them from the ceiling at the elopement afterparty venue (check the other sets for pics)

Denita - I think they'd work fantastically well as windchimes, excellent idea!

And Ms. Domestica! Eep! How embarassing! See what Michael Moore has done to literature!
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That would also make a neat pattern for a set of windchimes! Cut a large burd out of sturdy tin sheeting, punch four to six holes into the wings, then hang smaller tin birds from light chain or high-test fishing wire strung through the holes. They'd catch the wind and make a lovely tinkly clicking sound.

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What a great idea! I love it and the results are so cool. Did you send the template with the reception invitations, with instructions for guests to bring them to the party? That's a cool concept and you can use them as decorations or assemble them in a scrap book. And Happy Marriage to you!
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