I think the spring season is a fresh time where all around nature is reminding us of new beginnings, and hope for the future. I love the birds that visit my garden and tweet in the hedge at the moment, they inspired me to make some clay birds with stamped words for a spring inspirational wall hanging. Using air dry clay, stamps, paint and bakers twine it really is an inexpensive but effective way to produce a sweet fresh spring accent to your decor.

clay birds

 

To make you need to roll out some air dry clay and either use a cookie cutter or a template and cut out a bird shape. I used this printable bird template.

clay bird

I then used a knife to cut out my bird.
clay bird outline
I stamped words on to my bird for spring time inspiration. I chose the words, hope, love and dream. Positive words that I want to remind myself of and to do this season.

clay bird words

I used a skewer to make a hole for hanging.

Below shows the experimenting part which didn’t go well, I tried to add some texture to the birds with lace and feathers!

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After leaving the clay to dry overnight, I sanded down the rough edges. I think one of the keys to doing this is to try to get the edges smooth as possible before drying as I broke a bird with sone too vigorous sanding. In the picture below I left the edges a little too rough, I should have just pressed the edges in with the knife edge and smoothed the clay on the edge a little more.

cut out bird

I painted the birds, using chalk paint, craft acrylics and watercolours. I mixed the white chalk paint with dabs of colour to get the tones I wanted, painting the letter indents with a darker colour to make them stand out.

I made an oblong with the clay and stamped the word spring across the top.

Using some bakers twine I strung up the birds, knotting the twine behind the hole and then taping the twine down on the back of each bird.

spring clay birds

If you like bird themed makes then you’ll love the bird picture make featured on the front cover of my book:

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