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Bird Seed Canister

Designed by Melony Bradley

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Recycled Tall Chip Canister
  • STYROFOAM® Brand foam – 4” ball
  • Fimo® Soft  Modeling Material - Tropical Green, Cherry Red, Peppermint, black
  • Acrylic roller
  • White construction paper
  • Staedtler® Ergosoft® Watercolor Pencils

Basic Supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Gel School Glue Stick
  • Elmer’s® Craft Bond™ Tacky Glue
  • Plastic knife
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • 2 dressmakers straight pins


  1. Trim paper to 8 7/8” x 10.” Use black marker to draw striations and knots for bark.
  2. Use watercolor pencils to fill in bark and striations on paper. Glue paper around canister with Gel School Glue Stick.
  3. With plastic knife, cut a small piece of ball at end to make it sit flat on canister. Condition green clay and roll out with acrylic roller ¼” thick.  Use knife to cut 2” leaves. Press onto ball, overlapping slightly. Continue until ball is covered.
  4. Make bird and ladybug from clay. Use peppermint for bird body and head. Press together to join. Use green for wing. Form ladybug head from black clay. Form body from red. Use black for small spots on ladybug. Stick pins through bug and bird carefully. Bake in oven with ball according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Let pieces cool. Carefully stick bird and bug on ball. Glue ball to lid of canister. Fill with bird seed.


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