Make Rolly The Ruru and Karrie The Kākāpō

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These DIY feathered friends are a hoot! These kākāpō and ruru are fun for the kids to make using pinecones and their favourite Resene colours.

Not only are they a sustainable choice for an art project, but they’re also a fun way for children to learn about our native birds. As seen in habitat issue 38, here’s the step-by-step guide to making your own feathery friends.

You will need:

  • Cardboard for the kākāpō head, ruru wings, lorikeet tail feather and each bird’s feet
  • Egg carton for the rainbow lorikeet head
  • Buttons for the ruru eyes
  • Scissors
  • Blu-Tack (or a hot glue gun with an adult’s help)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Drop cloth
  • Clean rag
  • Resene testpots in your choice of colours. We used:
    Karrie the kākāpō: Resene SushiResene RebelResene TeakResene Half BlancResene Black and Resene White.
    Rolly the ruru: in Resene Waterborne Woodsman Dark Oak, Resene Lone Ranger and Resene Happy. Wall in Resene Woodland and table in Resene Woodsman Dark Oak.

Step-by-step instructions to make Karrie the Kākāpō

Pine cone 1

Step 1: Clean any dirt from your pinecone using a small paintbrush. Apply two coats of Resene colour to the entire pinecone. We used Resene Sushi. Using a small brush, paint the tips of the pinecone scales in a darker colour. We used Resene Rebel.

Karrie 2

Step 2: Cut a round face shape out of cardboard for Karries head. Apply a base colour to the shape. We used Resene Teak.

Karrie 3

Step 3: Once dry, paint features in your chosen colours. We used Resene Sushi and Resene Rebel for the face, Resene Half Blanc for the beak and Resene Black and Resene White for the eyes.

Karrie 4

Step 4: Draw the outline of two feet on a piece of cardboard. Cut out both feet, then paint them. We used Resene Teak. Secure the face and feet using Blu-Tack or a hot glue gun with an adult’s help.

Step-by-step instructions to make Rolly the Ruru

Ruru Step 1

Step 1: Clean your pinecone using a small paintbrush. Using a small paintbrush, apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Woodsman wood stain. We used Resene Dark Oak. Leave to dry then gently buff off any excess stain with a clean rag.

Most pinecones have a wooden stem which can work as a beak. If your pinecone doesn’t have a stem, cut out a small triangular piece of cardboard and stick to the pinecone. Paint the beak with two coats of colour. We used Resene Lone Ranger.

Ruru eyes

Step 2: Paint two buttons with two coats of eye colour, allowing them to dry between coats. We used Resene Happy and Resene Black for the pupils. Attach to the pinecone with Blu-Tack or glue.

Ruru Step 3

Step 3: Draw two teardrop shapes onto cardboard for wings and cut out.  Apply the same shade of Resene Waterborne Woodsman to the wings, using loose brushstrokes for a textured effect. Do both sides, allowing them to dry in between.

 Draw the two feet onto a piece of cardboard, cut out and paint. We used Resene Happy. Attach to the bottom of the pinecone with Blu-Tack.

Step 4:  Draw the two feet onto a piece of cardboard, cut out and paint. We used Resene Happy. Attach to the bottom of the pinecone with Blu-Tack.

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Project by Shani Luckman and images by Bryce Carleton for Habitat by Resene.

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