Making your own Christmas ornaments is not only fun, it provides you with the means for putting your own personal stamp on your holiday decorations and gives you your own unique keepsakes your family can enjoy for many years to come. Below is an assortment of free patterns and instructions for making your own bird ornaments from some of the top crafting web sites.
Family Fun’s (www.Familyfun.com) quick and easy two-piece Buildable Bird Christmas ornament requires only a few materials: felt, glue, sequins and beads. It can also be left in two pieces for mailing inside of a Christmas card and easily assembled by its recipient. Also see the Flying Bird ornament which uses a dove template, felt and a sprig of artificial holly.
Also from Family Fun, the colorful, kid-friendly Paper Birds require only an hour and are almost no-mess. Even kindergarten crafters can have fun making these (with a little help). They are meant to be free standing but can easily be turned into hanging Christmas ornaments with a small hole punch and string.
The oven-baked Cinnamon Bird Ornaments available from Martha Stewart (http://www.marthastewart.com/crafts) are made from a simple cinnamon and applesauce dough that is baked after drying the birds on a rack for 24 hours. The birds are then decorated with glitter and beads. These Christmas ornaments are a bit labor intensive, but the result it worth the work. Over half a dozen bird templates are provided with the instructions.
Better Homes and Gardens (BHG.com) has a great free bird ornament pattern that is available as a .pdf. The Cardinal and Dove Ornaments are made from felt, fusible web and embossed paper. The pattern does require a bit of sewing to attach a bead for the bird’s eye.
The site also offers a Chipboard Bird Ornament project using purchased chipboard birds that you customize with patterned papers, glitter, paint and other assorted embellishments. For crafters in a hurry their Handmade Bird Ornament using clip art and heat transfers is a cinch.
A visit to HGTV.com will yield a plethora of Christmas crafts including the Painted Feathery Penguin Ornament made from Woodsies. The simple Fabric Bird Ornament Pattern from flickr doesn’t come with instructions but the bird shape could be used with paper or fabric and assembled any number of ways only limited by a crafter’s own imagination.
These free bird ornament patterns are for a variety of skill levels and use a number of different types of materials. With a little experimenting most, if not, all can be adapted to be suitable for almost any age group.