Posts Tagged ‘ bird ’

Make it :: A Spring Nest

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

One of my most precious treasures is my collection of actual birds’ nests .  Of course, I only collect if I find one on the ground, discarded and clearly not in use.  This happens so rarely, since they are often reused again and again, which is why I treasure the ones that I have. The way the bird weaves and shapes with the promise of safety and coziness is breathtaking.

One day, a few springs ago, I decided to make a spring nest — just like a mama bird.  I shaped the eggs out of clay, painted them blue, and wove a snug little nest for them to rest in.

Each spring since, I set the nest in my dining room as a way to welcome the promise of new life. More photographs and directions can be found here, at my other blog.

Happy spring cleaning and nesting!

xo emily

 

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Make :: Spring Wall Hangings

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

We had a few heart fluttery, bright, warm days and now my family has bird songs, rabbits, sprouts, flowers, ferns, and bees on our minds.  You too?  Why not decorate your walls and door and door knobs with signs of spring?  This way, even if March delivers some cloudy and cold days, you can remind yourselves of the lush springtime happenings that are just around the corner.

You can make ramp up the project by asking children to research the scientific names of the flowers that grow in your yard  (or, the names of flowers that they want to grow in the yard).

We like to use cereal box board for the canvas.  It provides a nice muted background, which encourages colors to pop and sing.  The images are cut from magazines, catalogs, and old paintings that were headed for the recycle bin.

We like to hang these cheery signs around our home to welcome the prospect of spring.  A tulip sign on a bathroom door or a sprig of yellow Forsythia sign above the bed feels so heartwarming.  It makes us smile.

xo e

 

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Make it :: Bird Garland

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Here in New England, we’re still kind of in the thick of it — another blanket of snow will come this evening and the mornings are still deeply cold.  But, spring is surely on its way and I like to hang a cheery bird and sun garland in my kitchen to remind myself of the light and tweets that will soon fill our days.

How To:

1. Put out a tarp and have children paint the inside of brown paper bags.

2. Set it outside in the sun to dry. (Or inside by the heater)

3. Cut the painted bag into bird and sun shapes.

4. Use a sewing machine (or yarn and a hole punch) to string the birds and suns into a garland.

5. Hang and smile.

xo emily

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5 Bright Spots

Friday, November 30th, 2012

1. These sheep ornaments were made by my friend, Susan, and they make my heart flutter. She used long yarn scraps and craft plywood. I bet you could also use cardboard or cereal box panels for the sheep. CUTE!

2. Apartment Therapy has an lovely snowflake roundup. My 5-year-old daughter is having a snowflake birthday party this weekend, and I’m so excited to offer the snowflake resist project at the party.

3. These DIY cross stitch napkin rings would help make lovely holiday place settings. (via shelternesss)

4. I love bird crafts! These made me smile. (via crafty crow)

5. Marconi & Cheese BFF necklaces. (There is PB&J and rock, paper, scissors too). Eeeep.

xo emily

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Bird Collages

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

 

Welcome to Everyday Fun! I’m Emily Neuburger, and I’m thrilled to be making myself at home in this lovely new blog space. I’m an artist, teacher, and children’s craft designer as well as the author of the blog red bird crafts and the newly released book Show Me a Story. Each week, I’ll  suggest interesting and inspiring ideas and projects with the hope that they pave the way for lots of fun adventures! I’m always in search of new ways to become inspired by my everyday surroundings, and I am really excited to share these new-found tips and suggestions with you. For me, this space is all about community, so please comment, share ideas, ask questions, and link to finished projects.

Given that birds tend to find their way into my artwork, I decided that bird collages would be an auspicious way to kick off Everyday Fun. On one of the cold and rainy days last week, I made these punchy birds with my daughter. We simply gathered brightly colored scrap paper and used scissors to cut out lots of eyes, wings, and beaks in various shapes and sizes.

 

Then, we drew bird bodies onto white paper and painted them.  Once the paint was dry, we glued the cut-outs onto the bird bodies to create our unique winged friends.  The quirkier the better, I think.  You can use a bird resources like Peterson’s Field Guide of North American to get ideas for the shape of the body and wings.

 

Wouldn’t this project  be fantastic at a birthday party or group play date? After the birds are all constructed, the children can give them names and personalities.  I’ll start by naming the blue bird Priscilla Plume.

 

My daughter and I had lots of fun playing with different wing, beak, and body combinations before we used the glue to affix them to paper. It was such a nice way to explore color combinations.

xo emily

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