Nancy Overton Designs
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Paper Birds

I began making paper mache birds some time after joining Cornell University’s Back Yard Bird Count ( Sitting in my backyard watching and counting birds inspired me to create a little wire Sparrow and I’ve been making birds ever since.

The birds are made of wire, paper and glue. The handmade wire frame defines the size and kind of bird. The papers become the decorative feathers, the colors and the personality. Most birds have some found paper accents: hand-written recipes, Italian dictionary pages, postage stamps or sheet music. Some birds are mounted on driftwood.

Making birds keeps me in touch with the earth and sky, rejoicing in nature and her creatures. Having birds in my house makes me smile.


These fly away with some regularity. You may order your favorite species or inquire as to what's available. Depending on size and complexity they are priced from $145 to $325.
California Quail
White-crowned Sparrow
 Snowy Plover
Scott's Oriole
Bluebird with music
Robin with Silver Print Wings
Calico Bluebird
Blue Heron
  Western Scrub-Jay
 Sage Sparrow
Crow on a post
Decorative Bluebird
Gold-winged Robin
Junco with map wings
White Heron
Crow with print wings

Comments from bird buyers

“Bringing a view of nature into a home, Nancy’s birds make wonderful gifts.” Suzy


“After admiring Nancy’s birds for years, I bought a really cool Night Heron for my husband’s birthday. He went bonkers over it! The detail in her work is really amazing and each bird is truly one of a kind. Now I just need to figure out which bird to buy next.” Wendy.


“The morning after my beloved dog Lucy succumbed to old age, I walked into my garden and was nearly knocked over by an exuberant sparrow in flight. I knew this energetic little bird was my girl telling me she was fine! Nancy understood my story perfectly and was able to capture Lucy’s playful and feisty spirit in a beautiful paper mache sparrow. Nancy’s considerable talent, creativity, and appreciation for nature are imbued in her birds and make her a truly special artist.” Carol


"I have purchased birds from you but also given them away. My husband misses the ones I gave away. We currently have a fat quail with black top-knot and I gave away an orange breasted robin. We are looking forward to seeing your new collection at Open Studios."


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Oakland, CA 94619