Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament {No.2}

Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament {No.2}

Recycled Book Page Bird Ornament
{Ornament Number Two}
Materials Needed:
Book Pages or Scrapbook Paper
Small Stick
Twine or Ribbon
Your Choice of Embellishments {Tim Holtz Ink/Glitter}

Begin by printing out the bird template found {here}. I did not make a template for the wing; however it is a pretty easy shape to cut freely by hand. Stack three sheets of book pages together and trace the template on top. Cut out the bird along with the wing shape.

If you prefer, you can distress the pages at this point. I gave my birdie a light rub with a Tim Holtz Distressed Ink Pad, making the edges a little bit darker.
You can add glitter at this point, if you want a little sparkle. I simply rubbed the front of the birdie with a glue stick and sprinkled on some vintage mica flakes.
Stack the three bird cutouts together, adding a tiny dab of hot glue in between each to hold; do the same for the wings. For the leg, attached a small stick with hot glue to the front of the bird and press the wing on top.

Curl the ends of the wings and tails by lightly rolling around a pencil.

Cut a piece of twine or ribbon for the hanger. Secure to the back with hot glue and finish by pressing a piece of cardstock on top.

If this birdie looks familiar, I made a standing version of him last year using a clothespin for the legs. You can find that tutorial {here}.

All of the ornament tutorials featured are very basic and allow you to create them to your own personal taste and style ~ be creative and have fun! Enjoy!



  1. That’s adorable… with all the colorful kids books I can make amazing birds

  2. I LOVE this idea. You’re amazing! Thanks for the tutorial!
    ~Robin @keephomesimple

  3. Oh keep them coming!

  4. Oh I love it!! That is so cute.

  5. I love it! It’s simple yet so cute!

  6. LOVE THIS!!!!! Free books are usually pretty easy to come by, and this is super easy to make. These would make excellent additions to any Christmas gift, it would sure pretty up the package!!

  7. You are just incredible Stephanie Lynn! I am amazed every single time I come over. I think you are awesome!!!!

    So cute!


  8. Love it too!

  9. lovely decoration!!! I will try to do this!
    Thank you for sharing!

  10. Wow, I’m saving this to use for my Christmas tree this year, right now I have prim ornaments and I’ll have to weed thur them but this cute little bird looks so easy to make…thanks for posting this!


  11. So, so, so cute! I’m excited to see new ornament ideas. This is such a great idea.

  12. This is a great idea. I decorate a tree every year for the library I work for and this might be a great way to recycle those old books that otherwise would end up in the trash!

  13. Fabulous! I can see how this can be created in so many different versions. And there is something so intriguing and whimsical about things crafted out of old books and magazines.

  14. I’m thinking you are one of the most creative people I have met. You have the neatest ideas, my friend.

  15. That is the cutest cutest cutest. I love how the feathers ruffle up! The twig! I kinda love it all. Did I mention I also think it’s cute?

  16. I will be using this idea for my Christmas Tea Table Contest in December. Thanks.

  17. seriously adorable!

  18. Very CUTE!

  19. I enjoyed this post and have such a thing for birds right now… fake ones. (My family had a thing for exotic birds and we had 8 at once back like 15 years ago. Oh, the screaming. Just fakes for me!) But I’ve wondered about distress ink for awhile, now I know what to do with it. I think I’ll make some mini-versions of these for the tree this year.

  20. Stephanie!! Wow I’m loving all of these. You’re putting me in the Christmas spirit!! I want to make them all!!

  21. I have a huge thing for birds. I’m picturing a mantle display featuring these cute little guys. Thank you!

  22. Adorable.

  23. SO DARLING STEPHANIE SO DARLING. I so can make this too. I have a cricut cartridge with birds on it. I WILL DO THIS FOR SURE soon. I will link back to you when I do FOR SURE. I am coming over from BNOTP even though I already follow you. Please come link this up to CraftOManiac Monday Link Party. LOVE YOUR BLOG FACELIFT TOO. jen

  24. What an adorable ornament!! Love the mica and love that you used old books to make this! Charming!

  25. cute ornament…would look great attached to a “book wreath”

  26. This is so great! I think I will try this with some little owls for Halloween and hang them on a tree branch! GREAT idea! Three PIxie Lane

  27. I love all your ornaments! I would love if you linked so to my new link up party!

  28. Thanks for stopping by to see us Stephanie. Your ornament is adorable and so simple.

    News! On Friday we’re starting a link-up-your-giveaway party (and we’ll announce an amazing giveaway). I believe you’re having a giveaway so please join us!

    Jane F

  29. This is lovely. Great job!

  30. Love, love this idea and will certainly be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing and best wishes, Tammy 🙂

  31. Merci pour cette jolie idée, j’aime beaucoup.

    je me permet de vous citer sur mon blog, à très bientôt, miette
    Bonjour de France

  32. I have to tell you that I found these and I made them during nap time a few weeks ago. I LOVE THEM! I can’t wait to put them on my tree! Thank you so much for the idea! I will send you a link when I post my finished ones on my blog. -Kelsee

  33. merciii!!!

  34. Merci beaucoup.

  35. Wow, I love this post
    Christmas Gift Ideas 2011

  36. Thank you! I always make my nieces and nephew a handmade ornament for Christmas. i was casting about for ideas for this year, but no longer!

  37. I posted your beautiful paper bird ornament on my blog today, with a link to this post of course 🙂 Hope it’s ok.

    You can find the post here (scroll down to the DIY-collage):

  38. I love the simplicity of this ornament!!!

  39. Ok, now I found another great idea, love the bird ornament, so precious, thanks!

  40. This is so great! I would love to feature it on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  41. This is super sweet and simple. thank you for sharing this. 🙂 i love little birds.

  42. Diane Carol Pinkham :

    How about using sheet music of Christmas carols? “four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge…”

  43. I whipped up 2 of these to put on my kids’ teachers gifts this year. They just ooohed and ahhed over them. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial! So cute!


  44. Dear Stephanie Lynn:

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  45. Thanks for the tute! I linked to it just now as a friend was inspired by your cute bird to make some herself.

  46. Adorable! Thank you 🙂

  47. Hi there! I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my “100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations”! Have a great day!

  48. This is so cute. It will make a great package decoration for gifts that have to be mailed. So simple to make and yet something that could be hung year-round.

  49. I love these. I was looking for some homemade ornaments this year to save a few bucks. I found this and made one. I actually used a stapler to staple all but one outside wing page together. then used elmer’s glue to adhere the final wing and cover the staple. that worked well for me and was easy enough. i did everything else according to the tutorial and the birds turned out just lovely. i’m going to link up this page in my blog for others to enjoy it.
    thanks so much for posting this! my little tree looks great.
    merry Christmas!!

  50. Thank you for this super awesome tutorial! We created these lovely bird ornaments based on your instructions. They deck our tree now 🙂

  51. I I made like 20 of them but the first couple to distress the page I used leftover coffee grinds and then the others I used a tea bag.

  52. I cannot get the bird tutorial to open is their any way you could send it to me through my email? I adore this project and really want to use this bird in my aunt & uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary shadow box. Thanks so much Debi loverslanelodge at yahoo dot com

  53. I cannot get the bird tutorial to open is their any way you could send it to me through my email? I adore this project and really want to use this bird in my aunt & uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary shadow box. Thanks so much Debi loverslanelodge at yahoo dot com

  54. I belong to a county birdclub in my area, and have done Christmas decorations for our annual dinner before.
    This is my first time trying out this new web page and found it ironic that it would be a bird.

    Keep up the good work



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