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Christmas Robin on a Branch

By: Von Pappe II
December 14, 2017

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Christmas Robin on a Branch
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I needed a little Advent home decoration gift for my sister and she told me lately that she had seen a gorgeous wall hanging with a wire loop and a wooden bird on a branch,  so I decided to make my own from die cuts and crafting stuff I had at home. I always have little sticks, various kinds of craft wire and other craftsy stuff in my stash and together with DecoArt‘s great products it is great fun and quite easy to make my own home decor pieces to give away as little presents to family and friends. 

Items needed:

  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Titan Buff
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Dark Grey Value 3
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Carbon Black
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Prussian Blue Hue
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Diarylide Yellow
  • DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics - Quinacridone Gold
  • DecoArt Media Mediums and Specialty Products - Liquid Glass
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2oz - Rustic
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2oz - Timeless
  • Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint 2oz - Refreshing
  • Snow-Tex 4oz - Snow-Tex
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Ice Crystal
  • Glamour Dust Glitter (Liquid Glitter Paint) 2oz - Turquoise Sparkle
  • Americana Decou-Page (Glue-Sealer-Finish) 8oz - Americana Decou-Page Matte
  • Wood stick, 6 inch long
  • Black wire, 20 gauge diameter
  • Round nose pliers
  • Cutting pliers
  • Hand drill or Dremel
  • Bird die
  • Christmas quote die
  • Banner die
  • Die cutting machine
  • Heavy cardstock
  • Calico Craft Parts MDF Snowflake wood shapes
  • Palette
  • Palette knife
  • Assorted brushes

Instructions:

Drill two holes in the wood stick. Cut off a 14 inch piece of wire and bend it into shape. Form a little loop on top. Die cut your bird from heavy cardstock or greyboard. 

Instruction #1 - DA Dec17 Xmas step1
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Paint the bird and snowflakes with Chalky Finish paints Timeless and Refreshing. Let dry. 

Instruction #2 - DA Dec17 Xmas step2
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Paint the bird‘s legs with Chalky Finish Relic. Let dry. 

Instruction #3 - DA Dec17 Xmas step3
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Add a coat of DecoArt Glamour Dust Ice Crystal and Turquoise Sparkle to the painted snowflakes. Let dry. 

Instruction #4 - DA Dec17 Xmas step4
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Paint the wood stick with Chalky Finish paints Rustic and Timeless. Add the darker colour first and paint on the lighter while the first layer is still wet to create streaks and mixed tones. 

Instruction #5 - DA Dec17 Xmas step5
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Paint the bird‘s eye and beak with Carbon Black. Use mixes of Prussian Blue Hue and Dark Grey Val. 3. to paint the wings. You can also later add some Turquoise Sparkle Glamour Dust to the wings once the paint has dried. 

Instruction #6 - DA Dec17 Xmas step6
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Use Dark Grey Val. 3 and Titan Buff to paint the bird‘s body. Mix the paints directly on the substrate to create some shading. Use Titan Buff to add highlights to the feet and eye. 

Instruction #7 - DA Dec17 Xmas step7
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Paint the Robin‘s chest with mixes of Diarylide Yellow and Quinacridone Gold. 

Instruction #8 - DA Dec17 Xmas step8
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Add Liquid Glass to eye, beak and feet. Let dry naturally. 

Instruction #9 - DA Dec17 Xmas step9
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Glue the snowflakes to the wood stick using matte Decou-Page. Insert the bent wire to keep the stick from rolling over while the glue dries.

Instruction #10 - DA Dec17 Xmas step10 detail
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Once all is dry create loops at the wire‘s ends. Bend a loop and wrap the wire around two times before you cut off the excess. Then insert the wrapped around wire ends into the holes until only the loops are visible. 

Instruction #11 - DA Dec17 Xmas step10
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Use a palette knife to generously add Snow-Tex to the wood stick. Stick the bird‘s feet into the wet Snow-Tex. Use something to stabilize the bird while the Snow-Tex dries. Once the Snow Tex has dried, you can also add some Decou-Page across the feet and Snow Tex for a better hold.

Instruction #12 - DA Dec17 Xmas step11
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Die cut two banners and your Christmas words and glue them to the wire by creating a banner-wire-banner sandwich. You‘re done! All you have to do now is find a good home for your robin. 

Instruction #13 - DA Dec17 Xmas step12
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Instruction #14 - DA Dec17 Xmas fin square
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Instruction #15 - DA Dec17 Xmas fin robin94
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Comments

Your robin is soooo PRECIOUS Claudia. This is such a fun project. I bet you have inspired bunches to go out and create! Just SUPER. Christmas Wishes to you!!! Xj.

Joi@RR

December 15, 2017

Your sister is one very lucky lady Claudia, this hanging is beautiful! I love the colours you achieved on the bird's breast, he looks almost real - absolutely wonderful!! Anne xx

Anne R

December 20, 2017

Thank you both so much, Joi and Anne! Merry Christmas and happy holidays! XXX

Claudia

December 20, 2017

What an absolutely great Christmas decoration and a wonderful gift. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas and happy 2018.

Linda

December 21, 2017

Cute, cute, cute. Adorable and clever. Thanks for sharing!

Kendall

December 29, 2017

Thank you both so much, Linda and Kendall! Happy 2018 to you too! xxx

Claudia Neubacher

January 3, 2018

Claudia, this is precious! How did I miss this? Love LOVE it!

Candy Colwell

January 30, 2018

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