Bird and Text Collage Wall Art


Bird and Text Collage Wall Art


Make your own bird wall art with printed bird templates and a textual collage for the background. This wall art craft project shows you how to create wall decor with the look of pricier designer pieces.

Bird Wall Art


  • Two Canvases
  • Permanent Marker
  • Printed Birds to trace
  • Scissors
  • Paint, Wallpaper or Vintage pages to create a canvases back ground
  • Glue or Mod Podge


It's easy to find images of birds online by doing an image search. Print your images on card stock or mount them on card stock to create a firm template. Cut them out and your ready to go!

Bird Templates 1

Bird Templates 2

To create some fun texture and interest cover your canvas in Scrapbook paper, Paint or Vintage book pages! To adhere any sort of paper mix two parts water to one part school glue or Mod Podge. Paint your paper with your glue mixture and lay smoothly on your canvas. Once the entire canvas is covered let it dry over night before moving onto the next step.

When it's dried completely lay your two canvases next to each other.

Vintage Paper Canvas

Use a pencil to free hand your tree branches. Be sure to continue your branch from one canvas to the next.

Draw Tree Branches

Outline your penciled sketch with your permanent marker.

Outline with permanent marker

 Color in your branches completely.

Color in the Branches

Place your bird images on the branches and trace them with a pencil. Remember you can make a bird face the other way by flipping them over!

Place birds on branches

Color in your birds.

Color in Birds

Now we'll add our details! Draw on leaves and smaller branches and color them in. Lastly you'll want to color it all in one last time to insure a deep dark silhouette and to cover up any uneven marker strokes.

Add details

Hang them side by side and enjoy!

Finished Bird Wall Art

Finished Bird Wall Art

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This is a super cute idea. It opens up a lot of possibilities of using newspaper or book pages for backgrounds. I do not have a steady enough hand to color over a picture, so I will die-cut my shapes. I like the idea of cutting shapes in seasonal themes and colors, like black cats and bats for Halloween, and blue snowflakes for winter.

Notes to consider Pages from old books are not acid-free. Using a smallish paint brush with acrylic craft paint might be quicker than markers.

This could be done with tons of exciting backgrounds!

I love it

This is so great. I have several old cork boards that are framed that this would look wonderful doing.

Super cute and easy....I can't wait to make one!!

luuuuuuv it

I just made this last night and absolutely love it. Thanks for posting :)

Super cute! You could make smaller ones one smaller canvases for quick gifts. Also, you could make ANY animal and their habitat. I tried bears in a forest (trees) and it was SUPER cute

this is awesome. I've done this before but used sheet music, printouts, and an x-acto knife. It came out really cute.

This is a fantastic craft idea! I love the outdoors and always looking for new ways to express my love of nature. This is a great way to recycle old books and newspapers too!

Love this. What a great idea. This could also be done with black vinyl on the Cricut Machine. The new cartridge, Pagoda, has some beautiful images in oriental motif. I am going to get busy and try a few different versions. Thanks!

This is really nice! Thank you :)

I just love this one...will be next on my list :)

What a great idea, thanks!

Love This !!


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