Simple painted robins

June 29, 2017

An easy-to-do paint technique for creating these cute robins.

5 painted robins
Author: Muddy Faces

Age Range: 3+

Duration: less than an hour

Location: anywhere

Time Of Day: any time

Season: winter

Tags: bird, Christmas, counter, decoration, painting, robin, wooden disc

Category: art & creating


Cut your own or buy a number of wooden discs or counters.
For hanging decorations, drill a hole at the top. Thicker counters can be used for games. In this example we are making counters for tic tac toe.
Sand your counters smooth on one side (or both sides if you’re painting both).
Using weatherproof acrylic paints gives a finish suitable for the outdoors – most other paints should be fine for indoor use.
Alternatively you can paint onto card, pebbles or anything round.

Step 1

Using a pencil draw a curved line about two-thirds of the way up the disc.

At the centre point of this curve draw a triangle (this will be the beak).

These lines will be the guides for painting.

Step 2

Paint a horseshoe of brown around the edge and up to the pencil guide. Allow to dry.

Step 3

Inside the horseshoe, paint the robin’s bright red breast –  again painting up to the guidelines. Try to avoid painting where the beak will be (if you are using acrylic paints it shouldn’t matter if you go over, as you can paint one colour over another.) Leave to dry.

first stage of painting a robin

Step 4

Paint in an upsidedown bright yellow triangle for the beak – pointing down into the red area.

Step 5

Once it’s all dry, use a black marker to draw in the eyes and face line.

a completely painted robin on a wooden counter