Cheri: I find it really interesting that every project we do, I always think that it is the best one yet, but this project was one of the best. I like working with paper. It has endless possibilities and can be made into practically anything. I knew I wanted to make a tree with a nest and a bird, as this is a theme that I have been exploring lately.
To begin, I made a base for the tree with paper covered wire. To make the base, I cut about nine lengths of wire around 9 inches long. I took a longer piece of wire and wrapped it around the base and slowly coiled my way up the tree. I left some of the wire sticking out of the bottom to make the roots and some sticking out of the top to make the limbs.
I then took some pages from an old book, (Gone with the Wind), and ripped them into strips. I paper-mached the strips onto the tree, the bird and the branches.
For the nest, I cut very thin slices of paper and formed them with glue using the bottom of a small bowl as a form. I let it dry and when I took it out it looked amazingly like a real nest. At this point I was not really sure if I wanted to paint it or not, but after talking it over with my son, Justin, we felt that it would look nice if I did a light watercolor wash on it. This really made the text pop and was just the right touch.
I was very pleased with how it looked when it was completed and it really came out how I wanted it to look. And somehow it seems fitting to turn paper back into a tree.
6 thoughts on “Crafty Challenge 7: Paper Mache Tree with Nesting Bird”
Love, love, LOVE!
Simply beautiful! I love that you used an old book and left the text visible.
Thanks, I’m glad you like it.
How did you do the bird?
I formed 2 balls (one smaller then the other) of paper and covered them in masking tape. I then took cardboard and made the tail and beak. These were attached with tape. I then covered them all with strips of paper and glue and painted it.
What size wire did you use to make the tree? Our 100 Year Alumni theme is Back to Your a Roots and I thought these would be perfect as centerpieces. They look fairly easy to make. Thanks!