Many years ago when I was a florist living in Oslo, Norway, I used to make these Spring birds from moss and ivy. They were my best Spring seller!

You will need:

newspaper (or some sort of heavy duty packing or kraft paper)

green moss

metal wire

wire cutters

flower pot or vessel

ivy plant with soil

3 bamboo skewers


  1. Take the newspaper and start to form a simple bird shape.
  2. Soak the moss in water. Start at the head of the bird and use the wire to fasten the moss around the paper. This is a similar process to how you would make a wreath with a wreath frame and vegetation.
  3. Work yourself all the way around the bird.
  4. Fill a pot with an ivy plant.
  5. Place the bird over the ivy and secure it by sticking bamboo skewers into the bird and then into the soil.
  6. Arrange the ivy around the base of the bird. Use your scissors to cut excess leaves away.
  7. Don't be afraid to get creative!


Makes an amazing hostess gift!

Photography by Paul "Sweet Paul" Lowe

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