BY ABIGAIL STOSKY, NATURE NETWORK ASSISTANT
Have you ever looked at a window from the outside on a sunny day, and saw the trees and sky reflected in it? Birds see it too! Except, they don’t understand it is a reflection. They will fly towards the reflected trees and smack right into the window. Ouch! In Canada, millions of birds are seriously injured each year by flying into windows. You can help birds realize the trees are just a reflection and help them avoid hitting the window with this fun craft!
What you need:
- Cardstock paper
- Tissue paper
- Clear, self-adhesive plastic (ex. Mac Tac, contact paper, clear shelf liner)
- Optional: Feathers, sequins or anything else you can dream up
What to do:
- Take a piece of cardstock and cut the paper in half. Trace the outline of your shape on the paper using a marker. We used the outline of a bird, but you can make it whatever shape you want! Make sure the shape is a little bit bigger than the palm of your adults’ hand. Cut out the shape.
- Next, trace along the inside of your shape so there is approximately a 1-inch border. Cut out the inside of your shape so there is an open area in the middle. Don’t cut too much of the middle out though! You want to have a bit of a band along the edge so the Mac Tac will stick to the paper.
- Cut out 2 pieces of Mac Tac big enough to cover your entire shape plus another approximate 1-inch border. The Mac Tac should cover the entire shape. Peel the backing off of one piece of Mac Tac, and lay your shape in the middle.
- Next: decorate! Tear up little pieces of tissue paper and stick it in the middle of your shape. You can also use feathers, sequins, or anything else you want! Try to keep your decorations inside the cardstock paper border.
- Now ‘laminate’ the other side of your bird protector. Peel off the backing on your second piece of Mac Tac and carefully place it over top of your decorated craft. Smooth out any air bubbles by sliding your hands over the entire craft. This will help it all seal together.
- Then, cut off the excess Mac Tac, but leave a little bit of an edge around your paper so it stays sealed.
- Hang your beautiful bird protector in your window, and start helping birds!
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