Picture of Paper Bird. Pendulum Powered Paper Project
Paper Bird is a pendulum powered project. Move the box, even slightly, and the bird comes to life bobbing up and down.
Download the parts sheets here

You can download the parts for this project for free on the robives.com website here.

The download comes in both colour and line only for your own colour scheme. Print out the first two pages onto thin card. (230 micron / 230 gsm) The third page has only a few hinges. these need to be extra flexible so this page should be printed onto standard printer page. (80gsm)

Score along the dotted lines and carefully cut out the holes with a sharp knife before cutting out the parts.
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Step 1:

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Glue together the three parts that make the body.

Step 2:

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Fold up and glue together the body inner then glue it into place so that the back edge lines up with the small black dot on the outside of the body. (Arrowed)

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Glue the wide hinge and one of the two small hinges into place as shown.

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Assemble the legs then glue them to the wide paper hinge as shown. Make sure not to get any glue on the crease.

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Fold round and glue together the box top stiffener and glue it onto the underside of the box lid so that it is lined up with the edge of the central hole. Glue the two leg supports into place lined up with the edges of the small holes as shown.


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Fold together and glue the long tab on the pendulum to make double thickness card.

Assemble the pendulum.

Glue the two paper hinges into place. The larger of the two remaining hinges is on the left and should be glued vertically down the pendulum.

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Thread the feet through the hole in the box and line up the angled step with the top of the box before gluing it to the leg supports.


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Glue the rest of the box into place.

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Glue the box lid down.

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Drop the pendulum into place in the hole in the top of the box and glue the hinge to the top of the box.

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Fit the push rod between the pendulum and the bird.

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Wrap two coins in some off-cuts of card. I used UK 2p pieces. These are 25mm in diameter and weigh 7g each.

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Glue the coins to the end of the pendulum.

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Glue the base to the box.

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That's it! Taps the box and the bird will bob about pleasingly! 
DUO00371 year ago
This is cool and fun. :D
Pfarmkid2 years ago
REALLY!!! So your gonna pull us in to such a cool project then say "but wait you either have to pay to be a member or pay our non-member price" thats a load of BULL! that is like running a commercial on here!!!
May I just say cool project but could you stop using it as a commercial and put a FREE .pdf on here so that people will then see they like your stuff and get a membership.
altior2 years ago
ouuu I have to pay to download the model mmm enfermo conchetumare (That sad that is not free).... is so cool!
aarrnnoo3 years ago
"You can download the parts for this project for free on the robives.com website here."

not really free if you have to be member to have them ...
That is awesome! I love the way this one moves. Perfect for the birds!
poofrabbit3 years ago
Oh this is very cool! Well done!