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Crepe-Paper Spring Birds

Quince branches set the stage for a scene adopted from the newly invigorated outdoors: birds perched beside nests. This flock watches over quail eggs that have been dyed different colors.




  • Glue gun
  • Small polystyrene ball
  • Large polystyrene egg
  • Colored crepe paper
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue
  • Brown floral tape
  • Map tacks


  1. Step 1

    Make head and body: Use a glue gun to affix a small polystyrene ball to the rounded end of a larger polystyrene egg (for each bird, vary placement slightly to create different body postures); let dry.

  2. Step 2


    Cut a 7-inch square of colored crepe paper. Lay the body near the bottom edge. Beginning at the breast, wrap the body, stretching the paper to fit the contours as you go. Brush with tacky glue.

  3. Step 3

    Taper back end to create tail. Twist front end to create a beak; brush with glue. Trim with scissors while paper is wet; let dry. Wrap beak in brown floral tape; trim. For eyes, press in map tacks.

  4. Step 4

    Make wings: Tear strips of crepe paper in desired hues. Overlap strips to create a color gradient, and glue. Cut out 2 rectangles; glue to each side of the bird. Taper ends to form wing shapes.

  5. Step 5

    For the breast, cut a paper oval in a contrasting color, and glue.

Martha Stewart Living, April 2008



Reviews (4)

  • ltagg 23 Apr, 2013

    I want to thank Martha and her team for all the wonderful free crafting tutorials and templates. I don't feel the instructions are inadequate at all. This craft just seems to be geared towards the more experienced crafter. Do we really need to be told general (obvious) crafting information every time? Perhaps we should all be a bit more appreciative and a lot less critical when it comes to FREE online content. Like my Grandmother would say...Don't look a gift horse in the mouth!!!

  • katswan 24 Mar, 2013

    It seems so odd that Martha Stewart is so detail oriented, yet these tutorials offered on her website always seem so inadequate. I would love to see a little more thought put into the DIY's. Thank you.

  • Milissae 21 Apr, 2011

    I wish there was more detail. The picture is so so tiny.

  • WildeHilde 28 Feb, 2011

    The materials photo should expand to a MUCH MUCH larger image, it IS the only photo offered. Very cute looks easy also. thanks!