Paper mache birds

Quirky, original, unique and made to order.

Paper mache birds – so many species!

Paper mache birds – so many species!

Available today are: green woodpecker, two starlings, fieldfare, pheasant, magpie, folk art bird in autumn colours, and golden oriole. Choose a species from drop-down menu below.

These are original hand-made, one-off sculptures – constructed with paper, card, and polystyrene gathered from the recycling ‘waste’. I also use wire, glue and acrylic paint and three coats of varnish. Sizes and prices vary.

If you’d like me to make a paper mache bird especially for you, just ask me. See text below.

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About my paper mache birds

These paper mache birds are made entirely for my amusement and delight. I hope they will make you smile. Goodness knows we need something to smile about in these crazy times!

Here are some I made earlier!

All these have now found homes.

Paper mache Black-throated diver

Black-throated diver

paper mache bee eater

Bee eater

green woodpecker paper mache

Green woodpecker


Paper mache Kingfisher


short eared owl

Short eared owl

Blue footed booby

Paper Mache Barn Owl

Barn Owl

magpie paper mache figure


Understanding the species

I observe the anatomy of a particular bird very closely so as to get the shape and ‘feel’ of it more or less correct. Some kind of accuracy is very important to my inner scientist. Once I understand the species, I can emphasise certain characteristics. For example, tail feather configuration, stance, beak type, wing shape, head crest, foot size, and so on.

Junk modelling

They’re made using sculpted polystyrene, cardboard, and any other interesting junk I can lay my hands on. I construct them using PVA glue, and masking tape. I’m a whizz with a Stanley knife and I should say that some of these birds are fortified with splatterings of the artist’s genuine A negative blood. Legs are constructed using twisted garden wire. It’s a very messy business – ripping and sticking – and I love it! Each bird is painted with artist’s quality acrylic paint, and finally sealed with 3 coats of hardwearing acrylic varnish. So, apart from the paint and varnish, my paper mache birds are made from recycled materials!

Bird care

Each paper mache figure is free-standing or free-hanging. If they get dusty, just wipe them clean. They should never be dropped, left outside, trodden on, exposed to long periods of dampness, or left in reach of pets or children! Despite their cuteness, they are not toys.

How do I make them? Read this blog

Want one? Commission me!

If you’d like me to make a paper mache bird especially for you, just ask meEach is made from scratch, so allow me a minimum of 3 weeks to create your bird (I can probably make it faster, but I don’t make promises I can’t keep). Depending on size and complexity they cost between £100 to £200, plus £8 for tracked P&P to UK addresses.


Very rarely, I make paper mache mammals, which are much harder than birds – all those limbs!

Paper mache brown hare

Paper mache brown hare

paper mache badger

Paper mache badger

sperm whale and giant squid

Paper mache sperm whale and giant squid


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fieldfare, magpie, hawfinch, golden oriole, folk art bird in autumn colours, starling 1, starling 2, green woodpecker, pheasant