Crafting friend Mara

Crafting friend Mara tells us about her paper birds!

What's your name?

Mara. I have a nickname as well, but I'm not going to tell you because it sounds so silly.

How old are you?

I am almost 9. My birthday is soon.

Where do you go to school? 

I go to school in Dülken.

Where do you live?  

In Viersen, really close to my school.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are crafts and diving. I go diving at the swimming pool and on holiday and I do crafts at home.

Questions about crafts:

Why do you enjoy crafts so much?

I like crafts because it is so fun to make stuff.

What do you normally make?

I mostly make animals. I already have half a zoo at home. My mum says soon I could start asking our guests to pay an entry fee.

What occasions do you most like making things for (e.g. birthdays, Christmas etc.)?

I most like to make gifts for my family and friends. When the things are finished, I give them as birthday presents or on Mother's Day or sometimes just so.

How do you come up with the ideas?

Usually when I am still making something I have the next idea about what I could make. Sometimes the new idea matches what I am already making, sometimes it has nothing to do with it.

What is your favourite craft material (e.g. paper, foam rubber)?

I most like to use felt and paper or card. You can make so many things from paper and card which is really good because you can use it for everything.

Tell us about the favourite thing you've ever made and why you like it so much!

My favourite things to make are paper birds. It is so quick and easy to make them. For one bird you need two pieces of A4 craft paper in one colour and one piece of orange craft paper for the feet and beak.

First you have to roll up one piece of A4 and stick it together. Then you have to cut out two wings with three feathers each from the other piece of A4 in the same colour.Then you have to cut out the beak and feet from the orange craft

paper and stick the cut out parts onto the long tube, that is the body. Afterwards you can stick or draw on the eyes and then hang the bird from the ceiling. It is best to use invisible thread for that.

Do you have a photo of you with your favourite craft piece?

I often build a den out of umbrellas and blankets when I am at my grandparents' house. Then if the paper birds attack I am protected. You can see on the photo how I am hiding under an umbrella.