How to Make a 3D Craft Foam Beak

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How to Make a 3D Craft Foam Beak
Your foam bird beak will vary based on the type of bird you are creating. (bird with moustaches image by JoLin from Fotolia.com)

Whether you are creating a craft statue of a bird, a bird mask, or a full bird costume, foam can be a great tool to make a three-dimensional bird beak. Creating a foam beak, however, requires a steady hand and a lot of patience--you may need multiple attempts before you create a foam beak that most accurately and satisfactorily represents the beak of whatever bird you are creating. Prepare carefully and perform research for the project before beginning.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft foam (size varies based on intended use)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Markers or paint (optional, for details)

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Study different pictures of the beaks of the type of bird you are creating, be it a mask, costume, or statute. The shape, size, and proportion will vary widely based on the bird; the shape of a chickadee's beak is completely different from that of a toucan. Your bird beak may also vary based on whether you are creating a male bird or a female bird. Studying pictures of different beaks gives you a good feel for the type of beak you want to create. In general, the more triangular the beak, the easier it is to create.

  2. 2

    Sketch your desired bird beak, to scale, on a piece of scrap paper. This helps steady your hand when you go to draw the beak on the craft foam, and gives you a good feel for the necessary curve angles of the beak.

  3. 3

    Cut a piece of foam into a cylinder, roughly equal to the base-to-tip size of the beak, using scissors.

  4. 4

    Using a pencil, draw a rough sketch of the beak on the foam, delineating where you will cut.

  5. 5

    Carefully cut the foam along the designated lines. Begin with the top of the beak, slowly working your way to the tip, then cutting the curve of the under-beak. You may want to start by creating a rough beak shape, then slowly use scissors to trim the beak to the desired shape.

Tips and warnings

  • Use paint or markers to add details to the beak.
  • Work carefully when using scissors to cut three-dimensional objects at an angle.

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