Love Birds Decorative Folk Art- with free patterns!

by Susan Myers on September 17, 2013

I was inspired by the beautiful artwork of the Pennsylvania Dutch, and decided to create my own version of this unique folk art.  Using a set of cork trivets, I created three different love birds decorative folk art refrigerator magnets.  And I’ve included the free patterns for you to make them too!

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Shopping at the thrift store usually results in some great finds, and this time was no exception.  I found three cork trivets that needed a helping hand.  I created three patterns to fit these 7″ trivets, but you can always enlarge or decrease the size with your printer to fit whatever you are working on.  Of course I went with birds!  Seems I make everything into birds: Faux Stained Glass, Holiday Partridge, Two Turtle Doves, and Gossip Birds on a Wire.  I’m obsessed!  Want to know how to make them?

For this project I used:

Three 7″ cork trivets
Peacock Love Birds Pattern- download here: peacock love birds pattern
Chicken Love Birds Pattern- download here: chicken love birds pattern
Heron Love Birds Pattern- download here: heron love birds pattern
Charcoal (for pattern transfer)
Acrylic Paints: Bright Blue, Light Blue, Lime Green, Teal,Red, Purple, White, Golden Yellow, Wicker (or off-white), and Black
Adhesive Gem Stones
Disc Magnets
Hot Glue

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

 Begin by using the Wicker or Off-white paint to paint the front of each cork trivet.  It might take a couple of coats.  Allow to dry thoroughly before going to the next step.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Print out your pattern to size (they should print out for a 7″ sized trivet).  Rub charcoal onto the back of the pattern.  Then place it over the trivet with the charcoal side down.  Trace the pattern onto the trivet.  You may find that there are some areas of charcoal where you don’t want them to be, but you can easily paint over those areas.  I used a pencil to darken my lines a bit to make it easier to follow the pattern.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Now begin to paint!  For this set of three, I used the same set of colors for each one.  That way even though the design is not the same, each set of love birds matches the other.  You may find that two coats of paint are necessary.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Once everything is colored to your satisfaction, add a thin black outline with a tiny brush.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Touch up any areas of wicker white that may have charcoal on them to make everything look clean.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Repeat the process with the other two designs.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Here they are completed and ready for the next step!

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Gemstones!  Of course!  Lately I seem to be adding them to everything!  These love birds don’t need much, just a few here and there to make them sparkle  I used self-adhesive gems, but you can always use white glue to glue them down.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

Use hot glue to glue disc magnets to the back.  For good measure, I used three of them on each one, spaced evenly apart.

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

easy decorative folk art diy free patterns

And there you have it!  Decorative Folk Art Love Birds for the Fridge!  Or anywhere else for that matter.  This pattern idea is also good for plates or even painted on furniture!  If you decide to get even more creative, I would love to see what you come with!  Nothing makes me happier than when my designs inspire!

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1 Chaitrali April 30, 2014 at 6:35 am

Susan, I loved all your patterns n tutorials. Esp. all your bird patterns and crayon batik are a treat for eyes ! I’m sure am going to try. Feels so good just to look at it !
Looking forward to see more amazing art from you ! Please check my art work at my FB page above.

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2 Debbie Greene January 28, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Just made these. Love them. Do you have any other pattern’s that you could share, that would work on these cork trivet’s? I would love to make some more. Thank- You!

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3 LALITA September 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

sOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COLOURFUL.

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4 LALITA September 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm

THIS IS AWESOME………………………

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5 norene September 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

They look really pretty!

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6 Jerry Lieberman September 18, 2013 at 8:32 am

Hi Suzy,

You must have a great thrift shop nearby. I probably don’t have your patience to search. You are so talented and today I realized why. Unless it was to take a photo with your right hand, you’re Left Handed. We have to stick together. As always, I really appreciate what you are doing.

Jerry

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7 Susan Myers September 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

We have several cool thrift stores around. I don’t show the hubby what I bring home, though. He’d totally freak if he saw what I haven’t done anything with yet. Ha! Thanks for the kind words!

suzy

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8 Tracy September 18, 2013 at 3:15 am

Lovely! And I just saw your fish again. You used it on the egg too, didn’t you? All your items are so lovely. Best wishes, Tracy

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9 Susan Myers September 18, 2013 at 10:47 am

Yes, I did! The fish is one of my favorites. Every one of my patterns can be used for multiple things. Thanks so much for the kind words!

suzy

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10 Glenda September 17, 2013 at 9:20 pm

So, instead of hanging, could these be used as a trivet for pots? Any issues with heat on the paint? I just thought they might make a nice, homemade gift for the holidays.

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11 Susan Myers September 18, 2013 at 10:50 am

Hi Glenda!

Well, I looked it up. Google knows everything! Ha! Anyway, Google says that the acrylics might withstand the heat, but would probably dull or change color. I would say that these should only be used for decorative purposes. Of course, you could use them as a sort of coaster for cooler items. Hope that helps.

suzy

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12 MovieBuff Babe February 14, 2014 at 1:41 am

could use a different hanger (say a fabric loop attached to the outter edge) and just flip them to the unpainted side when you want to set something on them. Wouldn’t recommend dragging them with weight on them though.

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13 Christy September 17, 2013 at 8:46 pm

You are am amazing talent! Any suggestions on how to tap into your inner artist?

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14 Susan Myers September 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Thanks so much, Christy! You just put a smile in my day! Feel free to tap away!

suzy

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15 Gina September 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Lovely patterns, thank you :)

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