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DIY PVC birds

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Ya'll.... I love these birds.  I really do.  They are adorable and look so cute posed in little spots in your yard.  Plus, they make great gifts to sell or give and have been so much fun for our family to make and sell since they pretty much sell themselves.

I've also made a few other birds in a few crazy colors, but these are the favorites and definitely the most popular.

What you'll need:

 jig saw
4" pvc pipe
file
drill and drill bit
heat gun
screws
acetone and old washcloth
spray paints for plastic
optional -  rhinestones or plastic eyes & E6000 glue

Start by creating a pattern for your birds.  This part was......frustrating!  It took me a very looong time.  I'm talking hours and days wasted trying to come up with just one pattern for one bird.

I wasted a lot of time, money and a lot of pvc until I finally got a great pattern.  Then I wasted even more time and money trying to to create 4 more birds. 

Lucky for you, you can save yourself all that wasted time and money and get my patterns.  It is an instand PDF download you can purchase that contains patterns for the blue heron, flamingo, large egret, woodpecker and small egret along with a much more detailed tutorial as well as many more photos to help you along. 

**  This DIY is very basic.  Get more details on our PDF here.

Let's get started!


Start by drawing your pattern onto your pvc pipe. 

Once you have it sketched onto your pipe you need to cut it out with your jig saw.  Cutting pvc with a jig saw is a little bit of a learning curve, so just keep practicing!

You can use schedule 40 pvc pipe or the thinner walled pvc pipe.  I highly suggest using the schedule 40.  It is much more sturdy than the other pipe and will hold up much better and much longer.



When you have your bird cut out, use your file to smooth along all of the edges.  Jig saws can leave some sharp spots especially where corners meet and using your file will make them nice and smooth.

Once you have your bird nice and smooth along the edges you will need to use your heat gun to reshape your bird.  Please follow your heat gun's manufacturer's directions.  Your heat gun gets extremely hot, so be aware of where you are setting it down and use gloves to protect your hands.

Aim your heat gun at the area you are working on until the area begins to heat up and become pliable and then reshape the area to how you would like it to look.

   

Continue working your way along your bird reshaping his head, beak, neck, body, wings and legs.

   

When you get down to his legs, make sure you bend some of the pipe forward so you can drill a hole in his feet so you have a way to anchor him down. 

Next it's time to clean him up.  Use your acetone and an old washcloth to remove all the printed ink on the pipe as well as all the ugly marks that are on it.  This will make him nice and white.

Now he's ready for some paint!  Depending which bird you make will depend on how you paint him up.  Make sure to use spray paints that are for plastic and I would also suggest spraying him with a clear acrylic sealer to help protect the paint.

Then it's time to display him.  Use screws to attach him to something sturdy such as a concrete patio block, a piece of heavy wood or to a deck or pier step.

These birds are so much fun to make and sell since they pretty much sell themselves!

Click here to purchase the 5 bird patterns and full tutorial PDF.


Here are some of the other birds completed:

 

 

















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