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Making a Golden Bird Christmas Ornament

Making a Golden Bird Christmas Ornament

Hi! Christmas is almost here and I have a few more crafts to share with you. Today I will be showing you how to make a golden bird Christmas ornament for your Christmas tree.

 

Christmas ornament

 

It is fairly simple to make. The supplies needed for your Christmas ornament are as follows:

  • Aluminium foil
  • Tape – either aluminum tape, masking tape or floral tape
  • PVA glue
  • Creative Paperclay® or any other air dry clay you like.
  • Craft wire- approx. 1/2″
  • Gold Gilding Paint. I used the Pebeo brand as that is what is available here.
  • A black pen or Sharpie
  • A fine grit sand paper to smooth the bird when dry
  • A toothpick
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Ribbon to hang your bird

 

Step 1

Form the shape of a small bird with aluminum foil.

Bird Armature

Use the toothpick for the beak. This is your armature.

Bird Beak Bird Beak

Step 2

Coat your armature with glue. This ensures that the clay sticks firmly.

Step 3

Add your clay pressing down firmly to ensure to air is trapped under the clay.  Smooth with a little water.

bird clay

 

Step 4

Bend a tiny piece of wire into a horse shoe shape and curl up the edges. Press into the top of back of the bird. This is where you will thread your ribbon to hang you ornament.

hook

 

bird with hook

Step 5

Set aside to dry.

 

Step 6

When fully dry, sand if needed.

 

Step 7

Paint with gilding paint. Be sure to work in a well ventilated area and wear gloves.

paint bird

Step 8

Set aside to dry.

Step 9

When fully dry use a pen or Sharpie to add the eyes

Step 10

Add your ribbon.

 

 

Your Christmas ornament is now ready to hang!

 

You can also follow along in the video below.

 

Video Tutorial

 

I do hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Thanks for stopping by!

Happy crafting,

Suzette.



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