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Sweetheart Songbirds

When Princess Aurora sings "Once Upon a Dream" the forest birds harmonize with her, and their beautiful melody draws the attention of Prince Phillip. When prince and princess meet, they fall instantly in love, having no idea they are already betrothed. This Valentine's Day, your little princess can serenade her valentine with a sweet songbird made of paper hearts.

You'll need:

  • Sweetheart Songbirds template
  • Scissors
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Glue stick or glue dots
  • Ruler
  • Jeweler's wire or thin craft wire (flexible enough to bend without pliers)
  • Googly eyes
  • Colored pencils and/or glitter glue (optional)
Instructions:

1. Print out the template and use the pieces to cut out a head and a body heart from the same color of paper. Then cut the wings and tail feather hearts out of complimentary shades of the same color (or from different colors). Encourage your kids to choose printed patterns or textured papers, if they like. Lastly, cut out a pink or red beak heart.

2. For the bird's legs, twist together three 7-inch lengths of jeweler's wire or craft wire, as shown. Then bend the twisted wires into a V-shape. Next, form feet by bending the very ends of the legs and spreading the individual wires to form three toes.

Step 2aStep 2b

3. Glue the head and the legs atop the wings heart, as shown.

Step 3

4. Glue the body heart on top of the wings heart, sandwiching the upper legs between them. Then glue on the beak heart and a pair of googly eyes.

Step 4

5. Turn the songbird face down and glue the tip of the tail feather heart to the middle of the wings heart. Flip the bird over again and let your child decorate it with colored pencils and/or glitter glue, if she likes.

Step 5

6. Now stand the bird up. The feet and tail should form a triangular base that keeps it from falling over. If the bird does topple, try spreading the legs a little farther apart.

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