Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lollipop stick bird houses

This month, the theme for my Bostik Bloggers craft box was Birds and Flying. Seeing two little foam cut out bird shapes in the box, along with lots of embellishments and feathers, inspired the children to use them to decorate the birds - they really love using feathers in crafting! Then we used some coloured lollipop sticks to make them a home, for a hanging bird house decoration craft.

Bird house lollipop stick craft

You need:

Thick cardboard
Coloured lollipop sticks
Small feathers
Googly eyes
Jewel embellishments
Ribbon for hanging
Bird cutouts, or some coloured card to make your own
Bostik Glu Dots
Bostik Foam Pads

Materials for bird house craft

Instructions:

Materials for lollipop stick birdhouse craft

First we made the bird houses. Stick the lollipop sticks to the cardboard so that it is covered, I found that 11 sticks across was a nice size for the house. The lollipop sticks are stuck down using the Glu Dots. I really like using the Glu Dots for crafting, they stick different surfaces together really firmly and because they are applied directly from the transparent surface you can easily see where they are being stuck for easy positioning.

Bostik Glu Dots for sticking

Use another lollipop stick to make the base of the house and stick two together at an angle to form the roof. Using the Glu Dots also means that the craft is dry instantly, great when you are working with impatient children!

Lollipop stick bird houses

Then we made birds to go inside the house. We used some foam cut out bird shapes, but you could easily make your own from coloured cardboard. We used some small feathers for the tail which are again stuck down with the Glu Dots, the perfect size for the feathers.

Child sticking with Bostik products

We also added googly eyes and plastic jewels. To stick the jewels down onto the bird we used the Bostik Foam Pads. These foam pads are very small, so they are perfect to use with smaller embellishments, and they give the bird a really nice 3D effect.

Child crafting with glue

We used the Foam Pads again to stick the birds into the bird houses, using several around the edge and in the middle so that it was well stuck down and stood out a little from the house.

Decorated bird in a bird house craft

Harry decided that he wanted to build his bird house an extension using some more lollipop sticks, again stuck together firmly with the Glu Dots. Then to finish I tied a length of bird ribbon through the top so that the decoration can be hung.

Lollipop stick bird house and bird

The box of craft materials was provided to me free of charge by Bostik as part of the Tots100/Bostik Craft Bloggers Club.

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