How much fun am I having dreaming up these projects for you? I think I love this one too much. That little bird. O, little bird, I love you. And he even has a mate, though just a bit different. He's one half of a salt and pepper shaker set. Happy bluebirds that I couldn't live without. I've been watching them on my studio shelf, thinking, thinking. And I do believe this is a perfect perch. What do you have sitting around or hiding in the back of a cupboard? Any salt and pepper birdies?
Yes, to the project. The wreath is built from a styrofoam round wreath form. (You could also use a dinner plate and trace it to cardboard, cut out and cut away the inner round, traced from a smaller plate. I would add some quilt batting to build up the cardboard ring before going on.) First I wrapped the form in torn strips of old sheet music. I used pins and a glue stick to keep the paper wraps in place. They overlap, so it goes quickly. Scrunch the paper to soften the edges as you go. Then I got out the church sale doilies and wrapped those on too. (Don't cut them because you can always deconstruct the wreath later and reuse them for another project.) Pins anchored them easily. I like the mix of dark and light colors, snowy and antiqued.
It was really lovely at that point and almost anything decorative inside would have been pretty. An ornament, a paper house, a photograph, postcard, a flower. A mouse.
But for me, it was only about the bird. Some seam binding tape in those fresh, beautiful colors and a scrappy nest of crumpled, torn sheet music finished up. I had everything in my studio and total crafting time was about 15 minutes.
He looks awfully happy there. I think he lives there now. The bird, that is. (The mouse is off to Etsy some day soon.)