Here is a bird I've been meaning to make for some time. In fact I plan on making a few...all different types of birds from a small sparrow up to an owl but this is the prototype.
I am a big bird fan...we have two birds in our household. A budgie named Patrick and a cockatiel named Tika who loves to perch on the laptop while I'm writing these posts.
I'm also a fan of these puppets and designing the mechanism to get the right movement....
So if you are interested I'll walk you thru the process. I also plan on posting a simpler design later this week but these are really not that hard.
- thin cardboard like from a cereal box or shirt box
- paint, I used acrylic craft paint
- mod podge (optional)
Print off template. Trace onto light cardboard...I used the back end of a paper pad.
Cut out....lightly mark in feathers and details if you want to help during the painting but keep in mind acrylic paint will cover these marks.
Punch out holes....use a very small punch or just use a large tapestry needle or awl.
Paint as desired. Let dry.
I added 2 coats of Mod Podge to give it a shiny finish and make it a bit more substanial.
Take some string about 10 inches...I start with more than I need and then cut down as I go....better to have too much than it being too short and you have to start over.
From the back of the bird pull string thru on of the holes in the main body....knot several times and then trim end.
Thread string thru the corresponding wing using the upper hole.
Now you could use paper fasteners but I found they overwhelmed the bird...in the easier version to come we'll use fasteners.
Insert string thru other hole in main body from the back and knot off...you want the wings to be fully extended when you do this so you;ll have enough slack to make the mechanism work.
Now take another string...again start with 10 inches. Thread thru the bottom hole in the wing..come around the side and knot to the original string end.
Take the long end of the string and repeat on other side...remember to keep the wings fully extended when you do this. Trim ends.
Take another length of string...this time around 24 inches...loop over the middle of the string at the bottom of the wings...you really want this to be in the middle to get an even movement.
Tie into a knot leaving you two loose ends at the bottom of your string.
Now you could just tie a loop at the bottom for pulling but I prefer to use a bead.
Make a little hanger out of wire and either glue or tape into place at the back of the head.