Little Loft Project: Bird Cages

Instead of putting a bird on it. We put a bird in it! Birds: the perfect theme for our first Sunday Crafternoon class in Portland. With the birds chirping, the sun shining and an eagle flying overhead we sketched a series of birds to use for our project.

Draw and color your favorite birds. We got inspiration from a piece of fancy wrapping paper but there are many great nature books that feature our feathered friends.

Supplies:
Bird inspiration drawings or photos
Pencils and colored pencils
6 Strips of white card stock paper 1/2in. x 12in.
1 Strip of 1 1/2 in. x 12 in. card stock paper
Hot glue gun
Paint and glitter (optional)
Paper fastener/brad
Small piece of wire or string
Cardboard base (optional, but helpful if adding nesting materials)
Hole punch

Hot glue the paper strips to the base or large card stock strip. Paint the small strips.

Hot glue the paper strips to the base or large card stock strip. Paint the small strips.

Hole punch the top of the cage strips and hold together with a brad. Secure the bird to the brad with a bit of wire. 

Hole punch the top of the cage strips and hold together with a brad. Secure the bird to the brad with a bit of wire. 

Meet Eagle, Wren and Redbird! Next week we'll add some feathers and gather some nesting materials to make their cages cozy.

 

Little Loft Project: Woodland Valentines

Our favorite holiday is coming up!
Paper+ glue+scissors+hearts+GLITTER+woodland animals= A Little Loft Valentine's Day

We read Foxy In Love by Emma Dodd and decided to make fox themed valentine cards. But, there are so many adorable woodland creatures that make our hearts melt. Why not include them too? Racoons, hedgehogs, snowy owls, deer just to name a few. Oh, and a skunk who says, "Valentine, my life would stink without you!"

I offered precut heart shapes and the artists added their own to make woodland animal-tines.

I offered precut heart shapes and the artists added their own to make woodland animal-tines.

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A vast knowledge of all things woodland, a few glue sticks, construction paper and scissors are all you'll need to make a forest full of heart critters. A dash of glitter on their noses wouldn't hurt. We hope you'll join Little Loft for this Valentine making project (and others) at our upcoming DC workshop. Don't make us say what the skunk says!