Introduction: Bird Shadow Box - 3D Art

About: I am an Industrial Designer, who obviously loves to create. Now that I am a mom, most of my creations are inspired by my daughers. I believe that if more parents were making stuff with their kids, the world wo…

In this instructable I'll show you how to make a cute decoration with easy materials.

It's easy enough that any beginner crafter can make it. Bring the outdoors inside and make your home more beautiful!

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

A shadow box



Glue gun or white glue.

White polymer clay or air dry clay. This project is perfect for the crayola air dry clay (model magic) I usually don't recommend it because when dry it's brittle, but with this project that will be hanged up in a wall it doesn't matter.

Step 2: Make the Bird

Form a bird with the clay. The size will depend on the size of the shadow box. The entire bird, incluiding the beak should be formed of a single piece of clay.

Make a cut at each side to form the wings as shown in the picture.

Using the blade of the scissors, make lines in the wings and tail, to make the feathers.

Add small pieces of sticks as legs.

Step 3: Paint the Bird

Once the clay is hard you can paint it with markers. I used orange for the chest and gray for the head, back and wings.

You can acheive different shades and add details and shadows by layering the marker. Just let it dry, and paint it again with the same color, you´ll see it´s now darker.

Step 4: Glue

Put the sticks or branches inside the shadow box.

You can choose to remove the glass from the shadow box, for this project I like it better without glass, but if you want to enclose the art (it will be easier to clean) just put the glass back once everything is glued on place.

Trim the excess just enough to make them stay in place without gluing.

Finally glue the bird to a branch.

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