Put a bird on a canvas – the Crafterminds trends challenge

Keep calm put a bird on it canvasWhen you first see this picture your thought is probably that I am nuts. Well, yes, that’s true, but I made this “bird on a trend canvas” for a reason. I am a more-than-willing participant in the Crafterminds Trends Challenge! The goal? Get as many crafty trends on one project as possible. AND put a smile on your face during the process. I had a great time making this put a bird on it canvas, and I can’t wait to hang it in my future craft room (AFTER the move). Keep reading to see what trends I incorporated.

Trends: chevron, “Keep Calm” reference, bunting, baker’s twine, “Put a Bird on It,” book pages, antlers, ruffles and mustaches. That’s a grand total of nine on one project! Oh dear.

If for whatever reason you want a tutorial for this project, I’m providing one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Gather These Supplies

11″ x 14″ canvas
Mod Podge Gloss
Apple Barrel Gloss – White and Cool Blue
Paper Mache bird
Craft foam – black and brown
Scrapbook paper, one sheet of Linen
Glitter adhesive letters
Baker’s twine
Ruffle ribbon
Book pages
Painter’s tape
Craft glue

“Tweet tweet! I don’t want a mustache or antlers! Someone help me!”

Cover your poor little birdie with cut book page squares, using Mod Podge.

I prepared the canvas with white and let it dry. Then I made a chevron pattern with painter’s tape. If you can believe it, I mostly eyeballed this. My only measurements were three lines down the canvas at an equal distance (approximately 2.75″ apart). Then I just winged it.

Paint the canvas with Cool Blue, and give it several coats. Remove the painter’s tape after the last coat and let the paint dry – then touch up as needed.

While the canvas is in process, draw antlers on craft foam and then cut out. Do the same with your mustache on black foam.

Proceed to humiliate your bird by adding a ruffle collar, the antlers and then the mustache with craft glue.

Cut out five bunting flags from the scrapbook paper (use the ruler to measure). Plan your spacing on the canvas.

Add the message to the bunting flags with glitter letters.

Mod Podge the bunting flags down onto the canvas. Cover the whole canvas and let dry.

Use craft glue to apply the baker’s twine to the bunting. I used a paintbrush since my glue wasn’t coming out of the bottle top.

Let it dry and you are one lucky crafter – look at your new art piece!

My apologies to the little bird . . . but isn’t he funny?
Visit Crafterminds to see the rest of the trend challenge participants!



    Just awesome! So cute :) Amy your craft table looks like mine! A messy space filled with crafty stuff !! Haha.. Keep calm & have Fun!!

  2. Carolina says

    This project put a big grin on my face… and then made me laugh out loud when I read, “Proceed to humiliate your bird by adding…”
    Totally clever – I love it! : )

  3. Natalie Dixon says

    This is too funny! The moustache sent me over the edge! And, yet, I really love it too! Fantastic!

  4. ~The Bargain Babe from *Zucchini Summer Blog* says

    bahahaha i love the bird with a ruffle, mustache, and antlers. haha

  5. Attempting Aloha says

    Totally cracking me up! I love that he’s not too macho for a ruffled collar. Truly in touch with his feminine/masculine sides! Lol


  6. Michelle L. says

    Simply superb! The ruffle collar! Oh, the humiliation! Love it, Amy, your version is awesomely trendalicious.

  7. Anna@Directions Not Included says

    That is just awesome. There are no other words. The mustache is the perfect touch.