Inspired by this darling craft seen on the blog of Meg Duerksen, I decided to stretch the use of my Fiskars tools, putting them to work in my favor of this no-fuss craft sure to bring a smile as you and your child get your craft on during summer break.
Kid Inspired Bird's Nest
By Tania Willis
- Ideal for kids ages 12 and up
- #1 teacher recommended brand
- Stainless-steel blades feature a lasting edge for excellent cutting performance
- Pointed-tip blades offer improved detail cutting
- Larger finger loop and an ergonomic thumb loop provide a natural, more comfortable fit for growing hands
- Smooth, shiny, bright-colored handle was specifically requested by kids
- Accommodates right- and left-handed users
- Available in a range of trend-right colors that older kids love
- Length: 7"
- Lifetime warranty
- Student Scissors (7")
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Designed to put adult cutting performance in still-growing hands!
Paper Plates (Non-Glossy)
Sky Blue Acrylic Craft Paint
Brown Acrylic Craft Paint
Brown Paper Lunch Sacks
Low-temp Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
First you’ll need to gather light blue and brown paint along with two paint brushes and oversized heavy duty paper plates (Chinet style). You’ll definitely want a plate that doesn’t have a glossy coating.
Then paint the top half of the plate light blue and the bottom half chocolate brown. Set aside and allow to dry.
Then, cut the bottom flap off of a paper lunch sack and feed through the paper crimper.
Using kid appropriate scissors, allow them to cut the paper bag in half, then cut into super thin strips across the grain of the crimped wave.
Once you have the whole bag cut up, gather the strips in your hand and slightly wad them up to add dimension. Adhere to the plate over the brown paint using school glue, tacky glue or a low-melt hot glue gun. Add in feathers, twigs, yarn and other small nest making items.
Now that you’ve feathered the nest, it’s time to make a bird to put into it. You can use the original punches piece if you’d like and add more than one to make a nest of baby birdies, OR, you can stretch the use of your tools and use the small punched piece as a template to create something larger.
To do so, punch a single bird and trace onto the center of a sheet of copy paper. Place the traced design onto a copy machine and enlarge the image 200% to create a template. Cut out the template.
Next, punch several squares from a variety of red patterned papers and adhere to a piece of cardstock.