Sunday, July 24, 2011

Malaysia crafts: Rhinoceros Hornbill paper craft

To join our proboscis monkey puppet, and in continuation of our Bornean animal theme, we made a Rhinoceros Hornbill paper craft.

Sarawak, the Malaysian state we visited, is known as the Land of Hornbills. Though we weren't lucky enough to see any real hornbills on our trip to Malaysia, we did see lots of hornbill handicrafts made by native ethnic groups, like these:

a paper hornbill in an Iban longhouse at the Sarawak Cultural Village
a flying hornbill in the Melanau longhouse

For our project, I liked this toucan craft idea of making a colorful picture window for the bird's beak. Since they are fairly similar, it was easy to adapt to a hornbill.

I used this photo of a Rhinoceros Hornbill as a model:

  • green construction paper
  • tacky glue
  • assorted papers, ribbons, feathers in red, orange, yellow and white
  • scissors
  • white cardstock
  • black crayon or paint
  • glue-on eye or button

Step One: Draw outline of Rhinoceros Hornbill. I did this free hand from the photo. Then cut out the beak and "horn." (The sheet in this photo is on a red table).

Step Two: Flip the paper over. On the back, paste on papers, feathers, and ribbons following the general color pattern of the hornbill photo.

Step Three: Flip the paper over. Color the rest of the head black. Paste the eye (or button) on the face.

Your very own Rhinoceros Hornbill!

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