When 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!