Create a beautiful DIY Hanging Bird Garland. Perfect decor for a wedding, baby shower, or simply to celebrate Spring! Includes free Bird SVG cut file.
Complete step by step instructions and video tutorial below!
There are so many fun ways to make and use this Hanging Bird Garland! Readers have used it as decor in a baby’s room, Wedding decorations and one reader even had it as a craft at her baby shower. She let her guests assemble birds and leave messages on the birds that then hung in the baby’s room. How can you not love that?!
This post was originally about a Hanging Bird Garland Kit, but sadly that is no longer available to purchase. Instead, I created an SVG Cut File that you can download for free so you can still create this fun Spring Bird Garland using your Cutting Machine.
Supplies Used to Make your Bird Garland
Some links may be on similar items when exact items couldn’t be found online.
- Cricut Maker
- Free Bird SVG
- Knife Blade
- StrongGrip Mat
- StandardGrip Mat
- Chipboard 2mm
- Pattern Scrapbook Paper
- Mod Podge
- Sponge Brush
- Greenery Garland
DIY Bird Garland Video Tutorial
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Cutting the Bird Pieces Using your Cricut Maker
Click the image below to get the Free Bird SVG.
Upload the SVG file into your cutting software, I use Cricut Design Space. The birds are sized at 4 x 3 inches. This is the size I use for my garland, but feel free to adjust the size to fit your project better.
In the file, you will notice one white bird and 2 blue birds. The white bird is for the chipboard base of the bird. The blue birds are for the pattern paper to cover the chipboard. There are twice as many pieces because you will need to cover both sides of each piece.
To cut the chipboard, use the Knife Blade in your Cricut Maker.
Place chipboard in the upper-left corner of the StongGrip mat and secure in place with strips of painters tape along each side of the chipboard.
Cutting chipboard on the maker does take some time. It takes several passes with the Knife Blade to cut it all the way through. So be patient, it will be worth it.
After the chipboard is cut, remove the Knife Blade and replace it with the Fine Tip Blade.
Apply the Pattern Paper to the Standard Mat and cut out the rest of the pieces for the bird.
I cut out enough pieces to make 19 birds for my 6-foot garland but only used 16 of the assembled birds.
Assembling the Hanging Birds for your DIY Bird Garland
If creating multiple birds with multiple patterns, begin by sorting all of the bird pieces into pattern stacks.
Sort through the bird bodies and wings and put the pieces together you will want for each bird. You will need two bodies and four wings to cover the chipboard pieces for each bird.
Use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge to the chipboard piece, and apply the matching pattern piece onto the chipboard.
Tip: The paper bird bodies have a small hole at the top that can be pushed through with a paper clip or toothpick. Adhere the paper to the chipboard lining up the edges and the small hole.
When all of the little bird bodies and wings have been covered, it is time to glue the pieces together and add the hanging twine.
Push the twine through the hole in the bird’s body, tie a knot and trim off the excess. Measure 10-inches from the body and cut the length of twine.
Apply glue to the bottom side of each wing and press into place. Offset the wings just a bit so you can see the wing behind the one in front.
Isn’t the finished birdie so cute?
Tieing the Birds onto the Garland
You will need a large flat space like a table or the floor to tie the birds onto the garland.
Fold the Garland in half to find the center, and then unfold and lay flat on a large surface. Tie the twine of the first bird into that center spot, letting the bird hang about 5 to six inches below the garland.
Tie another bird every 4 inches until you have covered the entire length of the garland with hanging birds.
If you would like, take coordinating ribbons and loosely wrap those around the garland as well.
These can be adjusted once the garland is in place, and add a nice touch.
I hung my Bird Garland above the open arch wall separating my kitchen and main living area and I absolutely love how it looks.
Now the inside of my home can be warm with Spring even though it is snowing outside. I love it!
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