This paper bird in a yarn cage is easy to make! But the flour glue that holds the string cage together takes a long time to dry (a day or more depending on the temperature and humidity).
- A lot of string or yarn
- A balloon
- Flour and water glue
- Construction paper
Make a simple, thin glue from flour and water (boiling gives it a nice consistency). Mix 1/4 cup of flour into 1 cup of water until the mixture is thin and runny. Stir into 1 cup of boiling water. Simmer for about 3 minutes, then cool. Have an adult do the cooking.
You can make this glue without cooking it, but it isn’t as smooth that way.
Blow up a balloon. Dip a few feet of string or yarn into the flour glue, let the excess drip off, and wrap it around the balloon. Repeat until you have wrapped enough yarn around the balloon to look like a cage.
After the glue has dried (this can take a few days if the humidity is high), pop the balloon and throw it away. Attach a length of string to the cage (you can hang it from this string).
Either print out the bird template or draw your own bird on construction paper. Cut the bird out along its outline and color it (on both sides of the paper).
Cut a few inches of string and tape one end to the bird’s neck. Hang the bird inside the string cage. You now have a paper bird in a string cage!
You may have to roll the bird up to get it in the cage.