Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild

Engage the whole family this summer by getting crafty with the kids and become a bird for the day.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? You can make this feather-covered mask into whatever weird or wonderful thing is occupying your imagination today.

1. Draw the shape of your mask onto a piece of card.

2. Hold it against your face, then gently press a crayon against the places where your eyes are. Now you can safely cut eyeholes around the crayon mark.

3. Go hunting for feathers. If you want to cover the whole mask and make your disguise convincing, you’ll need lots. Consider using different lengths, too – short, fluffy ones in the middle of the mask and a longer fringe around the edges?

4. Now cover your mask in a layer of PVA glue and stick the feathers onto it. Longer feathers will need their shafts daubed in glue, too.

5. When it’s dry, carefully push a pencil through each side to make holes and tie a length of string to each. Now you can tie them together behind your head.

6. See if you can con the birds into conversing with you.

Note: Toddlers are going to need help with the cutting, but will love the messy glueing bit.



Born to be Wild by Hattie Garlick, published by Bloomsbury, is available to buy from, RRP £16.99.

LandLove readers can save 30 per cent off Born to be Wild. To redeem, simply visit, quoting ‘WILD’ at the checkout. Offer expires 31st August 2016.



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