Monday, March 22, 2010

create: anthropologie inspired decoupage birds

browsing online at anthropologie, i came across these lovely decoupaged birds... "One-of-A-Kind Nomad Flyers" they are called....but at $328 a pop, I decided to come up with my own version....still being obsessed with book pages (reference book page wreath, posted earlier) I decided to make my own text and fabric flyers....
i had some ugly clay birds (found at the dollar store), decoupage, and a duplicate copy of The Catcher in the Rye (a novel favorite, might I add). Once I made the first one that you see above and below, I was inspired to be more "anthropologie-like" and use fabric scraps on my second bird... you will see that one in the very last photo...

i decided that though the text was black-and-white, I wanted to add a little anthropologie "pop" of color... thus, for the wings I brushed "antique gold" and "barn red" acrylic paint on the pages before I ripped them up... in hind sight, I suppose I could have just painted the color on post-decoupage. Another post-project idea would be to intermingle the red and yellow scraps to add more dimension to the wings....or add fabric wings to make have a more multimedia approach...
this last one is a photo with both types: text and fabric flyers. I will say that the fabric was a PAIN IN THE BOOTY to decoupage to the bird! But I am happy with the way they turned out!
(also, a note: this last photo was taken at night, where the best lighting in my house is in the bathroom. yes, the birds are perching on the lid of our porcelain throne, if you get my drift... :-)


  1. Nice job! I liked those birds too, but thought- "who has that kind of money for knick knacks? Great idea to make your own.

  2. Typography to the rescue! Nice thriftiness!

  3. Love the fabric layer bird! Great knock-offs.

  4. Yeah, I'm not even gonna mention that since Salinger's death last month, an old Catcher in The Rye has jumped in price value ....
    This is a great project! You are one crafty and creative gal. Happy Spring!

  5. Your bird are fantastic and I like the price a whole lot better. Anthropologie better watch out for us crafters! Great job on the challenge.

    504 Main

  6. Well done! And even perched on the throne, the birds look cute!

  7. So cute! I like yours better than the Anthro one, really!

  8. wow looks great! i saw another bird idea on the $5 dollar challenge, and used the same bird!