How to Make a Bird With Paper Punches

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How to Make a Bird With Paper Punches
Paper punches are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. (hole punch image by robert mobley from

Paper punches come in a variety of sizes and shapes. Often used in scrapbooking, shaped punches can be used to create interesting art pieces. Using paper punches is also an excellent way to introduce children to special geometry by allowing them to use punches to create a variety of art projects. Various size circle, heart and oval punches can be used to create a fun, colourful bird. Small pieces of craft foam can be used to give the bird a three-dimensional effect.

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Things you need

  • Scrapbook paper in a variety of colours and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 1-1/2 inch circle punch
  • ¾ -inch circle punch
  • 1-inch oval paper punch
  • White paper
  • Standard single hole punch
  • ¾-inch heart punch
  • Craft glue
  • Poster board
  • Craft foam

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  1. 1

    Fold a piece of scrapbook paper in half. Place it on the table so the folded edge faces you. Draw a semicircle from along the folded edge. The semicircle should be about 1 ½ inches tall at the tallest point. Cut out the semicircle and unfold the paper to create a circle. On the back of the circle use a pencil to label it "body."

  2. 2

    Use the 1 ½-inch circle punch to punch out two circles. Punch one from a piece of scrapbook paper in the same colour as the bird's body. Label this circle "head." Punch out the second circle from a coordinating piece of scrapbook paper. Label this circle "belly."

  3. 3

    Use the ¾-inch punch to punch two holes out of white paper. Label these as "eyes."

  4. 4

    Punch out two ovals using a 1-inch oval punch. Cut these ovals from the same paper as the bird's body or belly. Label these pieces as "wings."

  5. 5

    Select a piece of paper for the feet and beak. Use the ¾-inch heart punch to cut three hearts out of this paper. Label two hearts as "feet" and the third as "beak."

  6. 6

    Use the standard hole punch to punch two holes from a dark piece of paper. Use craft glue to glue these pieces to the eyes as pupils.

  7. 7

    Glue the bird's body on a piece of poster board. Cut two tiny squares from the craft foam. Glue these to the bird's body where the wings will be. Glue the oval wings on top of the craft foam squares.

  8. 8

    Cut four pieces of craft foam. Glue the foam pieces in a small circle just above the bird's body. Glue the head on top of the foam pieces.

  9. 9

    Glue the eyes to the bird's head.

  10. 10

    Cut a small piece of craft foam and attach it to the head where the beak should sit. Turn the heart upside down to become a beak. Glue the beak to the piece of foam.

  11. 11

    Cut two small pieces of craft foam and glue them just below the bird's body. Turn the hearts for the feet upside down and glue them on top of the foam.

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