Arts & Crafts with Missy - Winter Birds

Hello, hello! My name is Missy. I’m an artist and a guest blogger here at PBS KIDS Utah. There is something I really love about wintertime; it’s a great time for bird watching! All the leaves have fallen off the trees and it’s easier to see birds hanging out on branches or pecking on a trunk. Many predator birds, like Bald Eagles and Red Tailed Hawks, are active. It’s also a time of year I participate in an art challenge called “Feathruary,” where I make bird art every single day! This art project focuses on our winter bird friends. 

Supplies: 

  • Construction paper (variety of colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • White & black craft paint
  • Old toothbrush
  • Old gift card/credit card
  • Printed PDF pattern (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Lay out a sheet of blue construction paper (portrait style), this will be your background. Put a small dab of white craft paint on the bristles of the toothbrush. Hold the toothbrush over your paper and either run your thumb across the bristles through the paint, or tap on the back of the head of the toothbrush to create little splatters of paint on your paper. This is the falling snow. Set aside to dry.
  2. Take some white/cream construction paper and, holding it portrait style, cut it into strips about one inch wide. Your cutting doesn’t need to be perfectly straight, in fact, if it’s a little wonky/leaning one way or the other, that will be more interesting. These will be the trees. 
  3. Squeeze out a bit of black paint on some scrap paper. Lightly dip the edge of your gift card/credit card in the paint. 
  4. Scrape the black paint across the trunks of the trees. This technique makes them look like aspens or birches. Set aside to dry.
  5. Now for the birds, choose a color of construction paper for your bird’s body (a color other than blue or white/cream that you used for the background and the trees). Use your scissors to cut out a raindrop shape. Then grab some black paper and cut out a small trapezoid for the bird’s “mask.” Now cut a small triangle for the beak out of yellow or orange paper. Last, grab another color of paper you haven’t used yet, and cut out some shallow plate shapes. These will be the bird’s wings. 
  6. Glue all your bird parts together. Mask towards the top of the head point, beak at the bottom of the mask, wings on the sides of the body. 
  7. Once dry, glue your trees to your snowy background.
  8. Now glue your birds into the trees and voila! You have a beautiful winter bird scene!

*For the creation of the birds you can either: free-cut all the parts, draw the parts with pencil and then cut them out, or use the PDF pattern and trace those pieces then cut them out. 

It’s fun to see the different types of birds you can create by just changing the colors of the paper you use. Some tend to look like Cardinals, while others look like Magpies or Cedar Waxwings. If you want to look up photos of different birds before you start this project, you can model your Winter Bird Art after those photos. You could even go on a birdwatching adventure in your backyard or on a walk around your neighborhood to get inspiration. Happy Birding!

Download & Print the Bird Template

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PDF icon Bird Pattern Template449.66 KB

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