DIY cornstarch birds.

Mother’s Day will be here in America before you know it and I thought I share with you all a fun DIY I did the other week when I made pretty little birds using play doughs that I mixed up in my kitchen.

I made salt dough hearts and cornstarch birds. They are perfect as ornaments or to hang up in your windows in your bedrooms.

First you will need to make the dough. I used cornstarch for this DIY but you can use the easier salt dough version if you like.

 Cornstarch dough:

1/2 cup of cornstarch

1 cup of baking soda

3/4 cup of water

Mix ingredients, and once dissolved in water transfer to pan and slowly heat up. Put your pan on medium heat and keep stirring until mixture starts forming a ball of dough, then remove from pan and cool on parchment paper. When it is still a little warm knead the dough. Make sure to store in air tight container when not in use.

After you have kneaded your dough, roll out and use a bird template or a cookie cutter to cut out your bird shapes. I traced out a bird shape I had from a card I had onto heavy cardboard to use as my template.

Don’t forget to poke a hole to hang your birds from.

Place cut out birds onto drying rack for a day. After they have dried sand the edges around the birds.

After dry you can paint or decoupage fabric onto them.

I collect vintage fabric prints and will use them in my crafts or photos. Sometimes I will come across vintage bedsheets with flowers and unusual colors. A whole sheet of fabric can be made into so many things. Curtains, pincushions, tiny toys, and so many craft projects.

For wings I drew out hearts and wing shapes.

Some people are not comfortable or confident with their painting skills and that is where decoupaging comes in hand. There are so many pretty varieties when it comes to fabric designs.

After you are finished decorating, add yarn or wire to hang your birds from.

You can use different colors of yarns or twine.

Here are some other ways to use your little birds for home decor or Mother’s Day gifts:

Make a bird banner and add tiny pom poms in between each bird.

Poke a wooden skewer into your birds before drying and use as garden picks.

Glue onto a hand made card.

Add to a shadow box frame and include faux flowers around your bird.

Glue a magnet to the back and write a special message or personalize with your mom’s name.

Turn into a key chain.

Happy mother’s day crafting everyone.

30 Comments Add yours

  1. You already know I love these so much!

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    1. Thank you Laura, finally had a day to write up this post. Have fun with the little ones. You all can get a heads start on Christmas gifts too. Just pack them away until the big day.

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    1. Thank you Dorothy and they are super easy. A fun way to add a little cheer in our homes.

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      1. And we all need a little cheer right about now!

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      2. Yes we do. I hope you are doing okay, stay safe and happy out there, as much as possible.

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      3. We are now fully vaccinated, so I am a little less apprehensive about shopping, etc. But until more people get vaccinated, I’ll still be on the alert!


  2. Pure Glory says:

    These birds are so attractive! You are really creative! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you and you’re very welcome too. Hope you get a chance to take a break from life and create something pretty to share with others. Have a beautiful week and God bless you and yours and thank you so much for your posts. I try to catch up every Sunday with all of them. The weeks are pretty busy here at Our Little Red House.

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      1. Pure Glory says:

        Rest before you get to busy at Our Little Red House. Good to know you enjoy our posts! Blessings!

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      2. Will do and blessings to you as well.


  3. ourcrossings says:

    These birds are so beautiful and they would make a perfect gift. Mother’s Day in Ireland falls in March, unlike the American or European Mother’s Day, which is held in May. That’s why we get to celebrate it twice every year. Have a good day. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I didn’t know that, learn something everyday. You all have a nice day too.

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  4. simplywendi says:

    oh my goodness, these are precious!

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    1. Thank you Wendi. It is always so nice seeing you have stopped by my site. I have to see what you have been up too. I hope you all are well and you are having fun days. I know you are working now and blogging is so hard all on it’s own. Stay safe out there and as always God bless you and your family.

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      1. simplywendi says:

        Thank you so very much. Yes, I am working very part time and I just don’t have the energy to be on WP very much………….but I sure to miss seeing everyone. I hope today is being kind.

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      2. Darn, my reply disappeared. My computer is acting weird. I’m the same way now when it comes with being online. There is just too many things we have to deal with now days for us to make time for our hobbies and blogging is one of my hobbies. I love meeting and communicating with people around the world. Right now I’m just so busy and also worried about things in the world. It’s hard to go to a place of positivity when writing a fun DIY post or anything about our Arizona adventures. People are struggling everywhere, people are sad, there are lock downs everywhere, sick ones, shortages. Seems strange to write a post on how nice everything. When we look a little further into these posts we all realize we are all struggling right now with everything we are dealing with. Blogging is a great distraction when it comes to real world things. Since I was a little girl I always liked cheering up others, so there is that too. Need to post some happiness now and then. Stay safe Wendi, you and your family, and God bless you all too. Thank you for stopping by and visiting my site when you can. I know how hard it is to keep up with it all.

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      3. simplywendi says:

        thank you so very much for your kindness, understanding and just being your amazing self! I 100% agree with everything you wrote… is very stressful and I have found that having to go back to work, even though it is just a few hours a week, is making my chronic illnesses worse and I am just struggling with everything else on my plate……..being a mom is very hard right now 🙂 as I know you know.
        Sending you and your family love and God’s light and praying for you this afternoon.

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      4. Wendi. I am sending lots of prayers your way and will continue to keep you and your family in my prayers. It is such a scary time right now. I hope you get some rest for the weekend and get to enjoy your Mother’s Day. Stay safe and have a beautiful week as always.

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      5. simplywendi says:

        I am DEEPLY appreciative for your prayers……….may your Mother’s Day be blessed!

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  6. This is so simple yet creative and beautiful. I love it. Do check out some DIYs here:

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    1. Thank you. I love the shirt you designed too, so creative and so smart since you were able to save something from being thrown away. Very clever.

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      1. Yes, thank you. I’m a conservator of clothes so I can’t really make up my mind to throw/give them away. Hence the hacks.

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      2. Very smart and great for the planet too.


  7. LisaDay says:

    These are truly beautiful. Do they keep or do they eventual crumble away?

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    1. I don’t really know. So far, and it has been months now, they are very hard and nothing is falling apart. Once dry they remind me of a resin like material. I decoupaged mine so that helps keep them stronger I suppose. I usually do salt doh and those can chip away over the years. The cinnamon doh ornaments my daughter made when she was 5 are still around and she is 23 now.


      1. LisaDay says:

        Interesting. I love the cinnamon ones. Mine were surviving as well until the Christmas tree was on the ground. Sigh.

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      2. Sometimes our cats take out our ornaments if we are not careful but that always makes us laugh.

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