Paper Book & Doily Bird Ornament by Jenni at {Beautiful Nest} {Ornament No. 12 1/2}

Paper Book & Doily Bird Ornament by Jenni at {Beautiful Nest} {Ornament No. 12 1/2}

I’m delighted to introduce
Jenni from {Beautiful Nest}

Paper Book & Doily Bird
{Handmade Ornament No. 12 1/2}
The half because this is the ‘other half’ of the {beautiful nest}

I want to thank Stephanie Lynn for inviting me to Under the Table and Dreaming to share an ornament idea. I am so excited~and honored~ to be here!
I share a blog with my sister Belle called {Beautiful Nest}, where we show whatever things we happen to be up to! For me, this is often showing the projects my husband and I do on our fixer-upper, along with the decorating and crafts that I actually complete! 😉
I have been noticing all of the gorgeous and creative book wreaths in Blogland for some time now, and thought it would be fun to somehow incorporate that idea into an ornament.
I also love paper birds and so decided to make a paper bird, but add a twist to this idea by using the pages of a book for the body of the bird.
This Paper, Book and Doily Bird Ornament is an inexpensive and fun way to add a simple yet festive touch to your Christmas tree. And it is not at all difficult to make either!
What you’ll need:
Bird and wing templates (see below)
Card stock, solid colored
Decorative card stock
A book {Dollar stores often sell paperbacks that are just perfect for this}
Miniature doilies
Buttons and decorative jewels
Glue gun, glue sticks
School glue stick, such as Elmer’s
{Along with these, you will also need fabric and paper scissors as well as a hole punch.}
Begin by printing out the bird and wing patterns. They are not pictured to scale here, but if you save them to a file and then print, they will print to the correct size. (About five inches wide.) You can trace these onto cardboard or card stock~ these will be your templates.
Trace the bird template onto card stock, and then do the same thing onto your book pages. I had to glue two pages together to make it big enough for the bird, and most book pages will probably be this way.
Glue the book page cut out onto the card stock one.
If you used a hole punch for the twine, make sure to do this part before going any further. It will be too difficult to do it later.
(You can find these miniature doilies at JoAnn Fabrics, for 99 cents a piece.)
To give the doily “wing” extra firmness, I used stitch witchery. If you haven’t used this before, don’t worry! It is easy-peasy!
Cut a piece of stitch witchery about half the size of your doily, making sure when you fold it, the stitch witchery doesn’t extend past the edges of the doily.
Now cover your folded doily with a damp cloth and place hot iron onto it, holding it there for 10 seconds.
(Although I did notice cream doilies were a bit thicker than the white ones, and they needed about 15 seconds to fuse.)
Using a glue gun, dot the folded doily with glue and press onto the bird. You can glue the wing on however it looks best!
See how the wing covers the hole punch, so no one will know it’s there?
Now if you want layered wings for extra texture, trace the wing templates you like, and cut them out. You can use book pages or felt for the extra wings…or anything you want! 🙂 Glue these onto the doily wing, and add your other embellishments~ buttons, sparkly gems, sequins…you name it!
I also thought it would be fun to make birds out of decorative card stock as well, with book page on the back of the bird, and combine this with book page wings…Once you get going, the possibilities are endless! You can mix it up however you like!
Then the best part of all~ decorating your tree!
This is my little “kitchen tree”…I will be spreading out these bird ornaments out on this little tree and including some other handmade ornaments I am working on! I will be showing these, beginning this week over at {Beautiful Nest}, if you would like to see them…Because Christmas is coming, ready or not! 🙂

Thank you Jenni! Your birdies are precious and I just adore the doily wings and embellishments! These are perfect for any time of the year. I can’t wait to see your finished kitchen tree!
Well that concludes our guest bloggers for today. I have four more guest bloggers that are scheduled for tomorrow so if you get a chance – check back in between your cooking and entertaining! Meanwhile go visit Jenni over at {Beautiful Nest} and say Hello!

{Beautiful Nest} is a journal of adventures compiled by Belle and Sparrow [Jenni] {two sisters by birth, friends by choice, and homemakers by trade}. Here are a few of my ‘Jenni’ favorites:Painted Vinyl Floor, Chalkboard Pantry Doors, Linen Wreath, Doily Garland, and Vintage Dresser Kitchen Island {yep, love them all}

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  1. These are so cute and I love the addition of the buttons and doilies!

  2. I love bird ornaments. Super fun! These are just TOO cute. Great job!

    Jennie @ Cinnaberry Suite

  3. Aloha Stephanie,
    I love your blog and all your beautiful projects!
    I gave you a blog award!!! Please stop by my blog and pick it up!!!


  4. Jenni is soo talented, I always love to see what she does:) Great feature!

  5. Stephanie Lynn~

    Thank you so much for having me! It was a lot of fun to be a part of this! 🙂

  6. That painted kitchen floor is just the thing I need, but at my age there’s no way I can get down on the floor to do it. What a beautiful makeover! I also love her dresser-turned- kitchen island, and the chalkboard cabinet doors…..what an inspiration! Oh, to be younger again! I wish I could trade some cooking for some kitchen tune-ups!

  7. I also love, love bird ornaments. Thank you for a lovely blog.

  8. Mmmm. Those are so pretty!! I love the combo of the doily and the book pages!


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