Though felt is a natural choice for embroidery, part of exploring your creativity involves thinking outside the box. So today we want to encourage you to do the same! Designed by Meagan, these cardstock paper birds feature beautiful embroidery details that are simple to recreate using our template and tutorial.

Just check out our supplies list below to get started on your own version of this DIY craft.

cardstock threaded birds

Thread your wings and fly

Everything you need to make these embroidered cardstock paper birds is linked below. And of course you can always use whatever color of paper and embroidery floss you’d like. However, we do recommend using cardstock over text weight paper since it will be a much sturdier surface to work with when threading the floss.

When you’re done crafting, be sure to share photos in our crafter’s community or on Instagram with the hashtag #MadeWithLia. We think these paper birds would make pretty bookmarks. Or you could use them to create a paper bird banner. If you have other ideas, we’d love to hear them — just leave us a comment below!

Skill level: Intermediate 

Crafting Tips: Use your needle to push a hole through each dot to avoid making any unnecessary holes; this will also help your embroidering go a bit quicker.

Stitches used: Fly stitch, backstitch, and french knot. Need more guidance on these stitches? Check out our free embroidery guide.

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How to Make Embroidered Cardstock Paper Birds

  1. Gather your tools and materials. Then download the template below.
  2. Print template onto cardstock paper then cut by hand. Or you can select one of the print then cut options we have made available.
  3. Each dot represents a hole, Take your needle and press a hole before each hole before beginning to embroider.
  4. Split the floss taking only 3 of the 6 strands.

Full tutorial available for members to download below.

cardstrock embroidered birds tutorial by Lia Griffith

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DIY paper birds with embroidery

embroidered cardstock paper birds

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