Thursday, March 11, 2010

Birds on a Wire

These colorful birds are so happy and cheerful! The best part -- they were made using leftover color coding labels from the dollar store. Very inexpensive, since we had an entire pack of 225 of them for $1!


First, we cut a piece of blue construction paper in half to form two long rectangles. Then, Emily drew some "wires" with a black crayon.

Next, she started to cut up the labels. Half of a circle makes a body for each bird.


Place the bird bodies along the wire, or flying up in the air, as desired.


A sixth of each circle sticker makes a tail or wing for each bird, and one eighth forms the beak. Emily had no trouble cutting the stickers in half, and I helped cut the smaller pieces for her ahead of time. I love how she wanted to use different colors to make up each bird!

With a fine-tipped black marker, draw in the feet.


Welcome in the birds with your colorful and fun artwork!


We just love Spring, don't you?

40 comments:

MaryAnne said...

These are adorable!

Mama to 3 Blessings said...

VERY CUTE! WE HAVE TONS OF THESE LABELS, MY HUSBANDS WORK WAS THROWING THEM OUT SO HE BROUGHT THEM HOME FOR THE BOYS - WHAT A GREAT IDEA - MAYBE WE WILL BORROW YOUR IDEA WHEN WE DO A BIRD UNIT STUDY - THANKS FOR SHARING! :)

Christy said...

So cute! How on earth did you ever come up with this idea? I love it! You are so creative.

danita said...

too too cute! i agree with christy, how do you come up with these things?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Very clever! Another one we might have to try :)

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

It reminded me of this birds on the wires song I saw a while back - add a few more wires to your page and you could do the same thing!
http://vimeo.com/6428069

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Lenetta -- That is brilliant! Thanks for sharing that!! :-)

Ticia said...

You mean you can do something with them besides randomly stick them all over yourself? That's what my kids come up with!
Very cute.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Ticia -- I plan to do that with the other 215 labels! Hee hee!

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

That is too cute! So simple and bright!

Megan said...

We sooooo love spring! And we are ready for it!

Mark said...

Dear Valerie,

Save a few of those to make Popsicle stick traffic lights.

Oh wait, I'm not supposed to be constructive here. One moment...

*ahem*

You cut up all of my stickers! Oh no! I had big plans for those, you know. Big plans.

Love,
Mark

Ms. Jessi said...

Oh, my goodness!! We are making shape birds tomorrow in class. I haven't cut out any of the shapes yet....now I am using this idea instead of my planned scrap paper! These are so darn cute. :) Thanks!

Brynn said...

These look like so much fun. :)

In answer to your question on my blog... I've never actually made soy candles. we'll have to trade tips. :) My husband bought the beeswax at a local all natural grocery market. It ended up cheaper then buying it though the internet or at a box store.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Ms. Jessi -- That's perfect! I must have picked up on your shape bird vibes. :-)

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

@ Brynn -- I would have never thought to look for it there, thanks!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Now this is the craft after my own heart - it doesn't involve any gluing or extensive prep :) We might try this - very cute.

Stephanie Griffith said...

Cute! I love those polka dot labels. Even in the package they make me happy.

TheMadHouse said...

I adore the simplicity in this. It is fantastic

♥ meninheira ♥ said...

Está genial Valerie, me encanta!! aquí esas pegatinas se llaman "gomets, pues nada, que esto te lo copio (también) hehehe

Un besito, espero que tu papi ya esté absolutamente recuperado :)
meni ^-^

familyofthree said...

Adorable! You're so creative! :)

Sherry said...

very cute and creative!

Jenny said...

Those are adorable!

Gaby said...

Love it!! you are so darn creative!!!

Ivy said...

Valerie you come up with the cutest ideas. This reminds me of that Sesame Street song with the birds flying in and giving color to everything.
Oh, and I love that Emily signs her name in the scrap booky way. Too cute.

Ashley said...

These are too cute! (And SUPER frugal!) Jenny loves to "cut" and this looks like a great fine-motor-skills craft for her!

Angela said...

I LOVE these! You are so creative! :) We have these labels too and I would have never known what to do with them! We are about to start working on the letter B and this fun craft will be added to our lesson! Thanks for the idea!

Together We Save said...

I love these!! What a great idea.

Petula said...

Tweet Tweet! I am happy to know Spring is coming and I'm not going to complain about the happy (and loud!) birds that were outside of my window this morning. Since Emily ordered them, I will accept the gift.

vanessa said...

These are beautiful! I love how you used those labels.

Just Breathe said...

They are so cute. Love the colors!

Anonymous said...

I love all of the creative
things you do.I am 11 years old and I read your blog everyday!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

That's so sweet! Thank you!! xoxo

Contemplative Mom said...

What a cute project! I know my kids will love it. Thanks!

Laurie said...

What a good activity for teaching fractions!

Katie's Nesting Spot said...

Perfect, I happened to come across a package when cleaning up today. Now I know what to do with them.

jennwa said...

Another great project. My daughters will love doing this. Thanks for sharing.

Kara said...

We did this today and my 8yr, 3yr and 22mo all equally loved it! thank you for the inspiration!

Best wishes,
Kara

Miller Moments said...

Sooooo Cute!!!

Nadia@FunWithMama said...

aww that is adorable

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