I have another easy Christmas craft for you using a cereal box, school glue & glitter! While I love pretty much all creative endeavors, I’ve never considered myself a “crafter”, but Christmas brings out the crafter in me. It’s the perfect time of year to make handmade gifts and decorations. There is also something about the season that inspires me to make things just for the sake of making them…for the process and enjoyment of it. And then I can hang it on our tree or put it on a shelf or give it as a gift. In this post, I’m sharing how I made a pretty swallow bird ornament with simple supplies.
I just love the shape of a swallow in flight with that delicate tail, so when I was thinking about an ornament shape to make, the swallow immediately came to mind. Here is the vintage graphic I printed up and used as a template for the swallow bird ornament…
swallow bird ornament tutorial | materials needed
- Thin cardboard (cereal, cracker, or other dry goods box)
- graphite transfer paper
- Elmer’s school glue
- Flat synthetic artist’s brush
- aluminum baking dish
- German glass glitter
- plastic spoon
- ribbon or twine
The real key to this project is the German Glass Glitter. It’s more expensive than regular craft glitter, but it is made out of crushed glass, so it sparkles like no other. It also has a heft to it that provides structure to the cereal box. When the glue dries, these ornaments are quite rigid, even on the delicate parts like the tail. I like to use a custom mix of grits and I think 4 ounces is a nice size to be able to make several projects. You can actually buy my custom glass glitter HERE. I stopped selling it years ago, but it seems like a few bottles are still floating around.
swallow bird ornament tutorial | video tutorial
Here is a quick video showing how to make the ornaments.
These swallow bird ornaments turned out even better than I expected they would! They work perfectly with the 3d glitter star I made a couple of weeks ago.
I hope this simple tutorial inspires you to do some more crafting this season, too.
You can find more Christmas and holiday decorating ideas, recipes, and crafts HERE.