Who doesn’t love birds in trees? And Christmas trees are no different – rather than splashing out on plasticky baubles it is much more fun to make your own recycled Christmas birds (and creating your own Christmas decorations is, of course, super vintage).
All you need is some leftover cardboard and some paints. Draw a simple bird shape like the one above – it doesn’t need to be perfect as these are a naive style. Cut the first bird out using a paper knife and then use it as a template to trace and cut more birds. Now paint the birds however you like, using a base coat of white coat if you want the colours to really stand out. For eyes and tracing you might find it easier to use a marker pen after the paint has dried.
To hang the birds, use a needle to punch through some thread and tie into a loop.
I made these robins the year before last, but you could make any kind you like – for instance parrots would be wonderful for a tropical Christmas, and I’m also tempted to make some crows and owls for this year. If you want the birds to stand out even more you could also add coloured glitter to the wings.