How to Make a Bird Hanging From the Ceiling

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How to Make a Bird Hanging From the Ceiling
A hanging bird provides visual interest in a room. (Siri Stafford/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A room where bird figures are hanging from the ceiling creates the whimsical effect that these winged creatures are flying. You can create your own birds to hang from the ceiling from a range of materials. Depending on the style, the birds can make colourful additions to a child's room, classroom or any room of the home. The hanging birds also add a sense of dimension and can show off height in a space with tall ceilings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Air-dry modelling clay
  • 2 eyehooks
  • Thin wire
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Craft supplies for decorating

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    Hanging Clay Bird

  1. 1

    Form the shape of a bird from air-dry modelling clay. Start with the body of the bird, then create the wings separately. Attach one wing shape onto either side, pressing and moulding the clay with your fingers so it forms a seamless connection.

  2. 2

    Form the beak of the bird with a different colour of modelling clay so it stands out and attach to the head. Create the eyes and any additional features you wish to add and attach in the appropriate spots.

  3. 3

    Stick a small eyehook into the centre of the bird's back before the clay begins to dry.

  4. 4

    Allow at least one week for the clay to air dry.

  5. 5

    Add any decorative embellishments such as painted details or glued feathers to the bird or leave it plain.

  6. 6

    Install an eyehook into the ceiling. Use a small drill bit to create a starter hole if necessary and screw the eyehook into place.

  7. 7

    Attach a thin piece of wire to the eyehook that extends downward to the height you want your bird to hang.

  8. 8

    Attach the other end to the eyehook that's in the finished bird's back so it hangs from the ceiling.

    Children's Paper Bird

  1. 1

    Trace the shape of a bird's body onto a piece of coloured construction paper.

  2. 2

    Decorate the bird's body with any appropriate craft supplies such as paint, feathers or markers. Make sure to cover both sides of the body.

  3. 3

    Cut a square of tissue paper and fold it back and forth in an accordion style to create the wings.

  4. 4

    Cut a small slit in the centre of the bird's body and slide the tissue paper through.

  5. 5

    Punch a hole in the top of the bird's back and tie a piece of yarn into place. Tape the other end of yarn to the ceiling so the bird looks like it's flying.

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