These lovely lovebirds are made out of pretty simple materials that you probably already have at home! Make them for your home, office, or even as wedding decor :) hope you enjoy the tutorial!
| |You will need:
- 1 Glass Baby Food Jar (any size)
- 1 Candle holder (i got mine at goodwill for $1)
- Small bad of cold porcelain (get the tutorial here)
- Masking or artist tape
- Ribbon (should be the same color as your porcelain)
- Clear elastic beading cord
- Spray paint (choose a color that goes well with your porcelain color)
- Crazy Glue (I use the paint on kind)
- 2 beading Pins
- Acrylic paint
- Beading pliers
- Hot glue gun
Step 1 - Modeling your lovebirds
Using a small amount of cold porcelain, mold it into a pear shape.
Carefully bend your cold porcelain upwards as shown above.
Using your pointer and thumb, pinch the top part of your bird to create a beak.
Pinch the lower part of the bird so it looks like the picture shown above.
Make two small pear shapes and flatten them out as shown above.
Attach the wings on to your bird as shown above. You can use regular glue or crazy glue. Then bring the ends of your wings to a point.
Repeat all the steps to create a slightly smaller second bird and insert the beading pins so that the pin head are under the birds. Set them to dry in a cool, well ventilated area for about three days. You may want to rotate them around every day or so to ensure that they dry completely.
Step 2: Making your birdcage
Starting from bottom up, start lining up your masking tape vertically across the glass jar. Make sure that your lines are straight and that you leave an equal amount of space between each tape.
Fold in your tape and make sure that it is very tight so no paint goes in.
Place your jar facing down and spray an even coat on it. Let it dry for at least an hour.
While you wait, go ahead and spray paint your candle holder and glass jar lid. Let everything dry completely. (For the candle holder and lid you might need to flip them and re-spray to make sure you get all the crevices.
When everything is completely dry, carefully remove the masking tape from your jar. Apply the crazy glue to the top part of your candle holder and attach your jar. Hold it in place for one minute.
Step 3: Assembling
When your birds are dry, add detail using acrylic paints and make the hoop at the top by cutting off the excess beading pin and folding it over.
Using hot glue, paste your birds on a toothpick. Using the elastic beading cord, pass it through both hoops and tie a knot at the top. The distance from the knot to the bird should be the distance where you want the birds to fall in the jar. Then, place a dot of hot glue on the inside of your jar lid and hold the elastic knot on there for a minute. You are ready to put it all together! Carefully close the lid on your jar and adorn your piece with ribbons and bows :)