Easy 3D Paper Birds – Jennifer Maker

Instructions

STEP 1: GET MY EASY 3D PAPER BIRDS DESIGN FILES

First, download Design #239 which is my free easy paper birds SVG/DXF/PDF from my free resource library.

Tip: If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.

STEP 2: PREPARE YOUR 3D PAPER BIRDS DESIGN FILE FOR CUTTING

The 3D paper birds design file is set up to make one bird measuring approximately 5” wide x 7” long. Adjust the size of your file, if needed. Once you have the size adjusted to your measurements, you are ready to prepare the file for scoring and cutting.

First, ungroup everything.

In the paper birds file, there are several layers that need to be changed from Cut to Score. The first layers (the layers with no color) of the wings, tail parts, and beak are the ones that need to be changed.

After changing them, select the layers in each group and attach them. If you want to use different paper and color combinations, you may want to designate different colors of the cut layers.

Need help with the scoring lines? Check out my tutorial on Cricut Scoring, Grouping, and Attaching!

Now they are ready to be cut. This is what the file looks like in Design Space when you’re ready to cut:
Import and set up SVG paper bird file in Design Space

STEP 3: CUT OUT YOUR EASY 3D PAPER BIRDS DESIGN

Click “Make It” and you will be prompted to select your material settings and place your paper on your cutting mats.

This design is set up to cut on four different mats. I used four different types of cardstock, Textured, Glitter, Shimmer, and Brushed Metallic. But you can choose to use regular cardstock or you can combine the pieces so they cut on the same mat.

Follow the prompts to load the mat and tools into your Cricut and cut.

Gently remove each layer from the mat.
Remove cut paper bird cardstock from the mat

(See this tip to help prevent curling or ripping as you remove the cardstock from the mat.)

These are the pieces you’ll assemble when you’re done cutting:
Paper bird cut materials

STEP 4: FOLD AND GLUE THE BODY AND TAIL

First, fold the body along the score lines into a 3D shape.

On the body piece, fold the left and right score lines to form the sides of the body.

Fold the paper bird body into a 3D shape

Fold down the tail feather.

Fold the paper bird body into a 3D shape

Fold to form the head.

Fold the paper bird body into the 3D shape

You should now see the body top and sides formed.

Fold the paper bird body into a 3D shape

Flatten the body again and glue each crown layer into place in this order, repeating on each side:

Apply glue to first layer of paper bird crown

Glue the first crown layer to the body.

Glue first layer of paper bird crown in place

Glue the second smaller crown layer on top of the first layer.

Apply glue to second layer of paper bird crown

This is what the crown should look like.

Glue crown of jennifermaker paper bird

Now, fold the beak in half.

Fold beak of jennifermaker paper bird

You’ll want to tuck the ends of the optional crest and the beak in between the two sides of the bird and glue in place.

First, apply glue to the crest piece.
Apply glue to paper bird crest

And glue it in place to the body.

Glue the paper bird crest in place

Next, glue the beak in place:

Glue the paper bird beak in place

Add an extra dab or two of glue along the head or under the beak to help hold the bird’s shape, if necessary. Hold in place until the tacky glue dries.
Add extra glue to hold the head together if necessary

Now, fold the tail along the score lines. I find it easiest to start in the middle by folding the tail in half INWARD along the score line.

Fold the paper bird tail in half along score line

I now work my way outward. There are two score lines for each feather section. One score line gets folded INWARD while the other gets folded OUTWARD. This creates dimension to the feathers. See how I did it here:

Fold the paper bird tail along score lines

Fold the paper bird tail along score lines

Fold the paper bird tail along score lines

Fold the paper bird tail along score lines

When the tail feathers are folded, fold the triangular end at the base of the tail UPWARD along the score line.

Fold the triangular end of the paper bird tail upward along the score line

Repeat for each of the two decorative tail pieces. The score line on one tail piece is folded UPWARD and the other tail piece is folded DOWN along the score line.

Fold the triangular end of the paper bird decorative tail pieces along the score line

Glue the decorative pieces to the tail. Note, one goes on TOP of the tail and the other is glued on the BOTTOM of the tail. Make sure the triangular piece is glued well and folds nicely.
Glue the paper bird decorative pieces to the tail

Glue the paper bird decorative pieces to the tail

Next, we attach the tail to the body. Apply glue to the underside of the tail on the body, and also on the triangular part of the tail sections like this:

Apply glue to the underside of the tail on the paper bird body

Apply glue to the triangular piece of the paper bird tail

Press the tail pieces together and fold the triangular piece under the body and tuck into place. Hold the tail and triangle until the tacky glue sticks.

Glue the tail onto the paper bird body

Glue the tail onto the paper bird body

STEP 5: FOLD AND GLUE THE WINGS AND BACK

Now we prepare the wings. Fold the wings along the score lines accordion-style. This gives the feathers dimension. Then fold the wings upward along the perforated score lines.

Fold the wing along the score lines accordion-style

Fold the wing along the score lines accordion-style

Fold the wing along the score lines accordion-style

Fold the long decorative wing pieces along the perforated score lines and layer one on top of the wing and one below, and glue into place.

Fold paper bird decorative pieces along the perforated score lines

Apply glue to the paper bird decorative accent pieces

Glue the paper bird decorative accent pieces onto the wing

Glue the paper bird bottom decorative accent piece onto the underside of the wing

Fold the final, top wing piece along the perforated score line and glue on top of the wing.

Fold paper bird decorative piece along the perforated score lines

Apply glue to the paper bird top decorative accent piece

Glue the paper bird top decorative accent piece onto the wing

Now we attach the wings to the back. Fold the wings up, and apply glue along the flat section on the underside. Align the wings against the back of the 3D body and glue into place.

Apply glue to the underside of the assembled wings

Glue to the assembled wings to the body

Glue to the assembled wings to the body

Finally, we layer and glue the decorative back pieces into place like this:
Glue and layer the decorative back pieces

Glue and layer the decorative back pieces

Glue back of jennifermaker paper bird

Glue and layer the decorative back pieces

Glue the layered decorative back pieces to the 3D paper bird

STEP 6: SHOW OFF YOUR PAPER BIRDS

We’re done! Arrange and bend the wings and tail however you like. You may wish to use glue to hold them in place if you want them a certain way.

Fold and arrange the paper bird wings and tail

Your bird will stand upright on its own. To hang your bird, I recommend threading fishing line into the perforated holes behind the head and along the base of the tail. This will help balance your bird when you hang it.

Here’s what your bird will look like when it’s assembled:

Assembled paper bird by JenniferMaker

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