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Bird theatre

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Recycled items

  • Planks to make a frame/old frame
  • Bird picture from wallpaper or wrapping paper (look out for one that can go around the opening of a frame)

Also needed

  • Modge podge (sealant)
  • Handsaw
  • Mitre box
  • Staple gun
  • Wood filler
  • Hand sander
  • Black shoe polish and brush
  • Small scissors

Method

  1. Apply a thin layer of sealant onto the image side of the paper. Allow to dry. When it is completely dry, use the small pair of scissors to cut around the edge of the image.
  2. Measure the opening of the image and use these measurements for the dimensions of the frame. Then use a handsaw to cut the wood into four pieces, one for each side of the frame.
  3. With the mitre box and handsaw, cut the ends of each piece at an angle of 45 degrees.
  4. Arrange the cut pieces flat on your work surface so that they form the shape of your frame.
  5. Hold the pieces in place while you staple the corner sections together. Turn it over and do the same again. Fill the gaps with wood filler. Allow to dry.
  6. Once the frame is completely dry, smooth away any rough patches with a hand sander.
  7. Wipe the sanding dust with a damp cloth. Place the newly-made frame on a piece of old newspaper and start to polish it with the black shoe polish. Allow to dry.
  8. Apply a thin layer of sealant over the polished frame and allow to dry.
  9. Position the image in front of the frame opening. When you are happy with your layout, apply a layer of sealant to the reverse side of the image and glue the it to the frame.

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