Garden parties call for many things: food, drink, music, good company and a nicely laid table. They also call for some colourful decorations. What would a summer party be without some colourful decorations?

So, I thought what could be better than a garland made of paper birds which gently move in the wind – even if you’re stuck with a less-than-stellar UK summer, this will make you think you’re on some tropical island. Well, nearly!

 

here's what you'll need...

  • Crêpe paper in various colours
  • A5 craft paper in various colours – one sheet for each bird
  • Cutting mat
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Single-hole punch
  • Neutral sewing yarn and a sewing needle
  • Parcel string
  • Bird template sourced from: Charcoal and Crayons and printed on a sheet of A4 paper at 170% with the print setting on “borderless”

Colourful Bird Garland what youll need

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Print out the bird templates and cut them out.

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  • 2

    Put the template onto the craft paper and draw around it with a pencil. Now cut out the the craft paper bird making sure you stay on the inside of the pencil line so that it won’t show on the finished product.

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  • 3

    Next, using your ruler and craft knife, cut a line of about 4-5cm into the middle of the body and one into the middle of the tail. The line should be positioned slightly diagonally.

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  • 4

    Right below the first cut, make a second and third one. This will give you the space to thread the crêpe paper through.

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  • 5

    Cut the crêpe paper into strips of various width. I’ve done them between 0.5 and 1.5 cm, but there is no need for absolutely exact measurements. Rip the long strips into shorter ones of around 15cm – again, you can make them shorter or longer as you like.

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    Now thread several pieces of the crêpe paper strips through the cuts on the bird.

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    Pierce a hole into the upper part of the bird using your needle and about 20 – 30cm of thread. Pull the thread through and secure with a knot at the end leaving enough thread hanging off to tie to the parcel string. Tie the birds to the parcel string roughly 20 – 30cm apart.

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    Now, all you need to do is hang up your garland and enjoy the colours!

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    So, get crafting, the British summer won’t last forever, you know, and we better make the most of it! Happy partying!

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By Carole Poirot on 23.07.13

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