The Bluebird of Happiness

These days just about everyone could use a visit from the Bluebird of Happiness, and today’s post makes that possible.

If you want to make one (or more) bluebirds, open Bluebird and print a copy. Before cutting out the parts, score where indicated by the pink dotted lines in the image below.

I found it easiest to do most of the cutting with scissors.

I finished by doing the smallest cuts with a knife.

Fold the bluebird body in half. Using the black line as a guide, cut along the upper edge of the line and straight out through the fold. Make sure you cut through both layers.

Cut along the small black lines on the wing unit, then mountain fold along the score lines. Slide the wing unit into the slot on the body, pushing it in far enough that the slots in the wing unit go past the ends of the cuts in the body. This helps lock the unit in place.

Mother’s Day is coming, so you might want to make one for your mom. You can make a flock and string them to hang in your window or use in a mobile. Give them to friends and neighbours who might need a little cheering up.


The wind spinner I made last week began to come apart —the three components of each spinner unit were only friction fit together— so I took it down, glued each unit and re-strung it on monofilament. This was not a complete success. The slipperiness of the monofilament meant that the spinners and beads slid together so the whole thing had to act as a unit. Free-hanging, it just oscillated. A bit of weight added to the bottom improved things, but it took a fair amount of wind to spin it.

The whole thing is back on the work bench. I will re-string it on cotton cord this week with fixed spacers, and see if that works.


I played another game this week. Some of you may recall my joint project with the bald-faced hornets. (I posted about it here and here.)

I thought I might get them to alter some paper for me. I made three hanging things out of odd sheets of Asian papers in the hopes that the hornets will use them for nest building.

Each unit includes a folded booklet and a string of zigzag strips.

David nailed them up for me. Since we have occasional horseback riders on the place, I chose locations where the fluttering paper was unlikely to spook a horse.

Now I will just wait and see what happens. (Last time it took twenty months for the bald-faced hornets to get involved.)

In other book arts news:

The Getty Iris Blog has a post about the history of writing. You can find it here.


Karen Hanmer has listed her online workshops for the rest of the year on this page. You can also buy workshop handouts and models separately here.


I realised on Friday that I really don’t get out much. I looked in the fridge after David had put away the groceries —he’s still doing the shopping solo— and was thrilled when I saw the chub of liverwurst.



About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to The Bluebird of Happiness

  1. Marie Russell says:

    Where did you find the cicada paperweight that ar e in many of your blog posts❓


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