Whether you want a country-feeling decoration for your home décor or something to add to your Halloween decorations, a black crow is the way to go. These black birds fit in with fall décor, Halloween decorations or year round home adornment. Using items from around your home or your local craft store, making your own crow decoration takes little time and effort. Knowing a few construction methods helps you decide which craft is right for you and your decorating needs.
Toilet Paper Tube
Paint the outside of a cardboard toilet paper tube with black acrylic paint. Leave the paint to dry for three to five hours before proceeding.
Cut a single eggcup out of an egg carton using scissors. Turn the eggcup upside on your work surface and cover it with hot glue. Cut a 5-inch round piece of brown burlap and place it on top of the hot glue covered eggcup to create a straw hat.
Cut a piece of felt 1/2-by-4-inches in any color that matches the décor in the room in which you want to put the finished crow. Apply hot glue to the back of the felt strip. Wrap the strip around the burlap-covered eggcup around the base of the cup to create a hatband and finish the hat.
Hot glue two medium-sized googly eyes and apply them to the painted tube. Position the tube vertically and put the eyes 1-inch down from the top edge of the toilet paper tube, spaced 1/4-inch apart.
Cut out a 1/2-inch triangle from orange felt. Using hot glue, attach it 1/8-inch below the eyes to create a beak.
Hot glue three small buttons 1/2-inch below the beak in a straight line. Choose buttons that match the room's décor.
Apply hot glue to the underside of the burlap eggcup hat, along the edge. Press the hot-glued edge on top of the crow. Let the glue set for three to five minutes to finish the crow. Place the crow on a dinner table or counter top.
Draw the shape of a crow silhouette on a piece of black craft foam in the size you want the finished decoration. If necessary, find a silhouette on a photo-sharing site and print it out. Cut the image out and use it for a template to draw the silhouette on the craft foam. Cut the silhouette out using scissors.
Trace the shape of the beak onto a piece of orange cardstock. Cut the shape out. Apply craft glue to the back using a paintbrush and press it to the silhouette where the beak goes. Let the glue dry for three to five hours and then draw a thin black line with a black marker across the beak to create the mouth.
Cut out an almond shaped piece of dark yellow cardstock for the crow's eye. The size depends on the size of the silhouette. Apply craft glue to the back of the eye and press it to the silhouette where the eye goes. Once the glue dries, draw a thin black line across the eye, like you did with the beak, to create the eyelid. Cut out a small white half circle and small black half circle from card stock for the crow's eyeball. Make the white circle larger than the black, which becomes the bird's pupil. Use craft glue to attach the black piece onto the white. Then apply craft glue to the back of the white piece and attach it to the yellow eye, below the black line you drew in the prior step.
Bend an orange pipe cleaner four times in an accordion fold, leaving the rest of the pipe cleaner straight for the leg. Bend the first bend of the pipe cleaner backwards. This creates the bird's spur, or backward pointing toe. Squeeze the bottom three bends together. Wrap the straight end of the pipe cleaner around the bended section between where the spur and the other three bends meet to finish the leg. Repeat the entire step with a second orange pipe cleaner. Hot glue the straight ends of the pipe cleaners behind the silhouette to finish the crow.
Set the finished crow on a tabletop or use a nail to hang it from the wall.
Tips & Warnings
- Instead of using craft foam to make the crow, use a piece of plywood painted black. Use wire for the legs and paint the wire orange.
- Let hot glue cool for three to five minutes before touching it to avoid burns.
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