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Wooden Bird Heart Decoration

Instead of flying south for the winter, this sweet little birdie has found a piece of mistletoe to give to its mate for the holidays. This project combines wood sawing, paper napkin applique and working with modelling clay. It is quick and easy to craft but you will need to let the clay dry overnight.



Christmas Bird Wood Decoration

For this project you will need:

- 6mm thick plywood for the heart
- 2 paper napkins with similar to the example napkin below or other motif of choice
- air drying / hardening modelling clay
- rolling pin
- paper napkin applique or decoupage glue
- kitchen knife
- paint brush and paint matching motif
- paint brush for glue
- wood glue
- drill with bit for drilling holes
- twine for hanging

Heart Paper Napkin Designs
The paper napkin used for this project has four completely different motifs and inspires one to create four of these hearts right away. That way you will have a couple of last minutes gifts on the side if you need them.


1. To create the heart decoration, follow the directions in the paper napkin applique tutorial link below. You need one complete napkin quarter to apply to the wood. Let motif completely dry before continuing.
2. Saw the heart out and paint the edges with a matching color.
3. Select a detail of your napkin you wish to use as the 3-D effect. To create the 3-D motif, follow the steps 1-3 in the directions in the using modelling clay for 3-D figures tutorial in the link below.
4. While the clay is still semi-soft, use the blunt side of a knife and press in details carefully to add a more realistic look to the figure. See picture below for technique.
5. Let the clay motif dry overnight. The next day, glue the motif permanently onto the heart.
6. Drill a hole in each top heart half and add twine to hang it up.

Pressing the details of the bird on the clay
While the clay is still semi-soft, use the blunt side of a knife and press in details carefully to add a more realistic look to the figure.

Illustrated Card Craft Tutorials:

Modelling Clay 75

Using Modelling Clay for 3-D Figures

Paper Napkin Applique with Fusible Web Tutorial

Paper Napkin Applique With Fusible Web Tutorial

Scrollsaw Tutorial

How to Saw Wood Out Using a Scroll Saw




Details - Heart Bird in 3-D Technique 330
3-D Detail of the Bird - It really looks dimensional with the clay addition.


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