Mama and Baby Bird

Mama and Baby Bird

What You'll Need:

2 Durafoam 7" Eggs
2 Styrofoam® 4" Half Balls
2" Styrofoam® Balls
1 1/2" Styrofoam® Balls
5/16" Dowel Rod
6" Grapevine Wreath
8" Grapevine Wreath
Wooden Octagon Plaque
  -Candy Pink
  -Mint Green
Light Modeling Paste
Martha Stewart Crafts® Acrylic Paint
  -Snow Pea
  -Granny Smith
  -Wet Cement
Martha Stewart Crafts® Foam Pouncers
Cloth Covered Floral Wire
Utility Knife
Multi-Temp Glue

Difficulty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 2 Hours (Not Including Dry Time)

How to Make a Mama and Baby Bird

Springtime has arrived and so have the birds! Create your own adorably fluffy Mama and Baby Bird using foam, paint and colorful boas.
  • 1 Cover the eggs

    Hot glue a boa to cover each of the Durafoam eggs.

  • 2 Cut & connect the half balls

    Cut 1/2" off the side of the half balls. Position them side by side and push a floral wire through to connect them. Trim off excess wire.

  • 3 Cover the balls

    Cover the balls with light modeling paste and set aside to dry.

  • 4 Cut the dowel rod

    Cut two 16" long sections from the 5/16" dowel rod. Cut one end into a point.

  • 5 Paint

    Paint the sticks with the Granny Smith paint. Paint two each of the 2" and 1 /12" Styrofoam® balls, and the connected half balls with the Snow Pea paint using a foam pouncer.

  • 6 Paint the plaque

    Thin the Chestnut brown paint with water and paint the plaque. While still wet, brush the Wet Cement paint over the plaque. Set aside to dry.

  • 7 Attach eyeballs & cut out beaks

    Push eyeballs into the 1 1/2" Styrofoam® balls and glue them close together on the egg. Cut beak shapes from the felt.

  • 8 Create the bird's body

    Cut the floral wire in half. Bend it into a U shape and push the ends into each egg about 1/2 way down. Using the photo as a guide, glue along the edge of the beak and press and shape onto the egg, between the eyes and wire.

  • 9 Create the bird's legs

    Push the dowel rod through the center of a 2" Stryrofoam® ball then through the center top of a joined half ball. Repeat this step with the other dowel rod. Slide a smaller Styrofoam® ball halfway down each dowel rod. Carefully position the egg on top of the dowel rods and push down. Secure with hot glue.

  • 10 Create the baby bird's nest

    Glue the feet onto one side of the plaque. Stack the grapevine wreaths with the smaller one on the bottom, wire together in several places. Glue the wreaths onto the plaque and place the baby bird inside.