Try This DIY Art Project: How To Make a Handmade Bird Mobile

updated May 4, 2019
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(Image credit: Emil Evans)

Here’s a great idea for a DIY art project you can make, inspired by the art of Mark Hearld. Hearld is a British artist whose gorgeous prints, illustrations, and ceramics depict British fauna and flora dancing with color and movement. His installation at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a huge flock of painted wood birds suspended over visitors— something I dreamed of hanging in my house. Alas, I’ll have to (happily) make do with this DIY bird mobile I concocted instead.

What You Need


  • Medium gauge wire (I used copper)
  • Thick paper (too thin and shapes curl over time) or cardboard
  • Gouache, watercolors, or other paint of your choice


  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters


(Image credit: Emil Evans)

1. For my template, I half drew, half traced an image of one of Mark Hearld’s birds onto a piece of recycle paper. Cut it out, and trace as many birds as you can fit onto your paper. Use either scissors or an X-acto knife to cut them out.

(Image credit: Emil Evans)
(Image credit: Emil Evans)
(Image credit: Emil Evans)

You’re all ready to hang your flock! I had mine over my bed (which is rather dreamy to wake up to) but for this post I moved it into the living room and it might be there to stay.