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.
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.