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Papier-Mache Bird Ornament

Add some fine-feathered fun to the holidays with a bird ornament fashioned out of newspaper. It's an easy project that allows your kids to spread their DIY wings.  

Papier-mache bird ornament

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Flour
  • Ribbon


  • Masking tape (#168603)
  • Screw eye
  • Valspar Gone Bananas paint (#CI 233)
  • Valspar Gecko paint (#CI 236)
  • Valspar Cool Pool paint (#CI 248)
  • Valspar Sprinkler paint (#CI 250)
  • Valspar Cherry Pickin' paint (#CI 221)

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Step 1

Crumple newspaper into a bird shape.

Step 2

Cut a beak and tail out of cardboard and tape them to the bird.

Step 3

Wrap the bird in masking tape.

Step 4

Make a runny papier-mache mixture with 1 cup flour and a little water. Dip 1-in.-wide strips of newspaper in the mixture and wrap them around the bird. Let dry.

Step 5

Paint the bird in colors of your choice. Let dry.

Step 6

Insert a screw eye in the back of the bird and thread a ribbon to hang.