** Welcome to my little Christmas blog! Here you'll find something Christmassy every single day until the big celebration on 25th of December! Some of the things I have created myself and some have been made by you, my dearest readers!
Thank you and Happiest Holidays!**
I have many memories of my family Christmas decorations, but one of the earliest is of red-white birds made by my mom. They were cut of dark red cardboard and they had white wings made of beautiful lace-edged paper, those round ones you place under the cakes. I remember very vividly how the birds were twirling slowly in our windows as they were hung up over the radiators. I asked my mom and oh, she still had a few birds left!
Here is the original from early 1980s:
The cake paper is a bit yellow already but they still swirl beautifully!
cardboard (I chose blue this time as it's our Independence Day today
and the Finnish colors are blue&white)
round cake paper or you can cut these out of tissue paper
or any paper you like
thread for hanging
needle (makes it easier to put the thread through wings)
optional: double-sided tape
Draw a birdie on the cardboard. I used my mom's as a pattern, but made the tail a bit bigger this time. I hope you draw better than me! The hole on the birdie is for the paper-wing, very important! Cut the first birdie and you can use it as a model for the next ones.
Then it's time to fold the wings! Start from any edge of your round paper and fold it all the way until the next end. You can choose the width of the fold - as long as it'll fit through the hole you have cut into your birdie!
After the folding stick the neat paper pack though the birdie's wing-hole, fold in half and voila, you have a pretty birdie almost ready to fly!
I used some double-sided tape between the wings in the middle to keep them together, and pushed the needle and white thread through all the papers. The birdie is ready!
Mine twirl over the lace advent candles beautifully!
Where would yours fly?
Happy 6th December
Finnish Independence Day!