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Project

Ravens-in-Waiting

Next to black cats, sharp-taloned ravens and crows are a witch's most faithful minions.

Introduction

Here, a flock swings on perches made from cardboard tubes. Use the template provided to make a hook-beaked bird, or create a species of your own design.

Materials

  • Raven template
  • Mailing tube
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Craft knife
  • 2 eye hooks
  • 2 black chains
  • Chalk
  • Black foam core
  • Pushpin
  • Monofilament
  • Hooks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Make a perch by coating a cardboard mailing tube with black acrylic paint; let dry. With a craft knife, cut a diagonal slit in center of perch. Screw an eye hook into each end of the tube. Attach a length of black chain (sold at hardware stores) to each hook.

  2. Step 2

    To make a raven, use chalk to copy the template onto black foam core using the grid method. Cut out with craft knife. Slip raven's foot into slit on perch. Pierce the top of raven's head with a pushpin. Thread monofilament through the hole; tie into knot. Hang chains on two hooks in ceiling, and attach monofilament to the ceiling with a pushpin for stability.

Reviews (2)

  • 7 Oct, 2013

    GREAT IDEA AND WONDERFUL BIRD BUT IT ISN'T A RAVEN--MORE LIKE THE BEAK OF A VULTURE OR 'MAYBE' A HAWK AND THE TAIL IS WRONG AS WELL. A raven's beak is generally the same shape as that of a crow-- the body is shorter and more rounded and the tail (although this could be the angle is not irregular.

  • 15 Oct, 2011

    Love the Ravins in Waiting and wanted to use them this year. Can't find the templates, just the guide template but not the rest.