How to Make a Bird Spotting Book

As soon as spring arrives so do the plants, butterflies, birds and insects; why not get your children and grandchildren out and about exploring and discovering them?! Within my bird spotting book I’ve included a few examples of simple illustrations, but you can easily print out images from the internet if you’d prefer. 

This spotting book can easily be recreated for recording plants, butterflies or even creepy crawlies! Why not add photographs and drawings taken on your day out and create a scrapbook page of your explorations to look back on in months/years to come.

You Will Need Craft Essentials How to Make
  1. Take an 8 x 8″ white scrapbook (it’s and ideal size for putting in bag for a day of exploring!), then select some of your favourite papers from the Willow Lane paper pad to include on the inside of the book.

2. Create a paper pocket for the inside back cover of the book, mine measured 15cm wide and 10cm high with an added border of 1.5cm on the bottom edge as well as the left and right-hand sides. Score along the border lines and gently fold.

3. Add double-sided tape to the border sections and then adhere the pocket to the inside back cover of your book. 

Top tip: This pocket is ideal for housing found feathers and other mementos from your adventures. 

4. Take some of the white card and draw different bird illustrations. I started off by using some a manuscript pen for the initial details and then coloured in using watercolours. Once dry, carefully cut around each of the birds and stick into your book.

Top Tip: Use watercolours to add further decoration to the page with tick boxes and a colourful border.

5. To decorate the cover of the book, take a sheet of the Willow Lane paper, a sheet of complimentary coloured paper, adhesive alphabet stickers and a selection of Tim Holtz botanical flower ephemera. Experiment with layering these to create an interesting cover for the front of the bird spotting book. Once happy with the arrangement adhere using double-sided tape – I also added a hand-drawn Blue Tit.

6. Your book is them complete – have fun spotting all of the amazing birds!

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