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Ply wood wall birds

Habitat bright ideas with Fleur Thorpe – DIY projects

Make a feature of a boring wall with this fun flock of birds.

How to make plywood wall birds

Wall painted in Resene Eighth Canterbury Clay and Resene Carrara and bedhead in Resene Biscay

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How to make and paint your own ply wood wall birds:

Ply wood wall birds - Step 1
Step 1

Ply wood wall birds - Step 2
Step 2

Ply wood wall birds - Step 3
Step 3

Step 1
Start by printing out some silhouettes of native birds. Fleur used Tui, Kereru (Wood Pigeon), Kea, Kiwi and Pukeko. Cut these out and use a pencil to draw their outline on to a 4mm sheet of untreated plywood.

Step 2
Use a jig saw or band saw to cut the birds out. Sand any rough edges smooth with sandpaper.

Step 3
Apply a coat of Resene Colorwood colourwash to each of the birds. Fleur used Resene Shade, Rising Tide, Resene Becalm, Resene Bask and Resene Shore Thing. Fleur used a small speed brush which was quick and easy to use. Fleur only did one coat as she liked the way that the wood grain showed through, but if you want a darker, more intense colour then you could try doing more coats.

Step 4
Once dry, attach your birds to the wall. Fleur used Blu-tack, but if you want a sturdier fixture you could try a commercial wall hanging solution, small finishing nails or screws.

Top tip:  If birds don’t suit your space, try butterflies or falling leaves painted with Resene testpots as an alternative.

Resene Becalm

Resene Bask

Resene Shore Thing

Resene Shade

Styling and images by Fleur Thorpe. Jun 2022.

Habitat bright ideas
Need to add colour, pattern or a little creativity to your place? Check out these easy step by step DIY project ideas created in collaboration with Fleur Thorpe. We hope you enjoy making and painting these bright ideas and bringing colour to your home inside or out.

Fleur's projects | Habitat bright ideas


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