Today, I’m sharing an exquisite Christmas Dove by Rebekah Meier. I’m a fan of quick and easy crafts, but sometimes, I like to share special projects that take a little more time, and are sure to become heirlooms. Rebekah’s mixed media, Paperclay Christmas Dove will be a cherished Christmas decoration for years to come. And Rebekah’s tutorial makes it very do-able. Just take it one step at a time. (More on the winners below . . .)
To make a Paperclay Christmas Dove, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” egg and 1-1/2” ball
- Paperclay (Rebekah used Delight™ Paperclay)
- Felt in cream, 4” square (hat)
- Quilt batting, 10” square (or substitute felt)
- Candlestick, 7” (Rebekah used a wooden one)
- Silver tinsel, 1 yd.
- Book pages, 2 – 3
- Cardstock in white, one sheet
- Glitter glue in silver
- Fine glitter in clear
- Acrylic craft paint in cream, yellow and black
- Acrylic sealer, gloss finish
- Ribbon, ½” x 18” in cream; a scrap of white
- Mod Podge
- Thick, white craft glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; toothpicks; fine sandpaper; flat paintbrush, ½”; disappearing fabric marker; needle & thread; stamp with Christmas greeting; optional: sewing machine
To make a Paperclay Christmas Dove:
1. Make the bird’s body by attaching the foam ball to the narrow end of the foam egg using toothpicks and glue.
2. Flatten to ¼” a half-dollar size amount of paper clay. Apply the flattened clay to the bird’s body. Smooth out the clay with wet fingertips. Repeat, adding more clay, till the bird is completely covered. Form a beak on the bird’s face. Let dry.
3. Gently sand bird with fine sandpaper till smooth.
4. Paint bird cream, and let dry.
5. Dip pencil point in black paint, and paint on two black dots for eyes.
6. Paint beak yellow, and let dry.
7. Paint bird with one coat of a clear acrylic sealer.
8. Trace the wing pattern on batting four times. Cut out the wings. Machine or hand stitch together two pairs of wings, 1/8” from edge. Paint wings cream and let dry. Note: If using felt, cut two wings from the felt, and skip the sewing. Paint the felt wings and continue to Step 9.
9. Trace the wing pattern on book pages and cut out four paper wings. Apply a book page wing onto each wing using Mod Podge. Cut remaining wing pieces in half, and cut fringe in the pointed end. Decoupage onto the wings.
10. Glue wings to bird.
11. Cut three, 2-1/2” x 1” strips from book pages. Layer together, and cut fringe into one end. Fold together the other end, and glue to the back of the bird for tail feathers.
12. Paint candlestick cream, and let dry. Apply one coat of sealer, and let dry.
13. Cut a 4” circle from cardstock and chipboard. Glue both circles to the top of painted candlestick. Glue bird to the center of the circle.
14. Hat: Trace a 1-3/4” circle onto felt and cut out. Roll into a cylinder a 1” x 10” strip of felt, and glue the cylinder to the circle. Glue a 1” square to the top of the cylinder, and trim to fit. Glue hat to the bird’s head.
15. Stamp your Christmas sentiment onto cardstock. Cut out, and then edge with silver glitter glue. Glue sign onto candlestick.
16. Tie ½” ribbon around the candlestick, and tie in a bow.
17. Trim tinsel so it’s about ½” wide. Wrap and glue tinsel around the bird’s neck and the top of the candlestick.
18. Decorate the candlestick, wings, hat and tail with glitter glue. Let dry.
19. Dust the dove with clear glitter.
20. Glue a small bow to the bird’s neck.
Lovely, isn’t it? Make a pair and you’ll have “two turtle doves” to display!
I had so much fun reading about your Christmas crafts — thank you to all who shared what’s on their craft table this season. You are all so creative, and you inspire me! Random.org helped pick the three winners in the Crafts ‘n Cocoa Giveaway: Barbara Norton, Deb Kaste and Joyce Kiefer. Please contact me, ladies, to arrive for your prize package. And thank you again to all who commented!
Happy Christmas crafting!