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Design a Duck  with Flower Garden Birds

Design a Duck with Flower Garden Birds


Week 5 of the Duck Diaries and the Flower Garden Birds get creative and competitive. When Coco and Mimi hear that the winning design in DCUK’s Design a Duck competition will be made into a real duck, they pull out all the stops (and all the paints, crayons, sequins, feathers…) to create ducks to dazzle the judges.

Have you ever noticed something missing from your laundry after hanging it out to dry in the fresh spring air? Not whole sheets or t-shirts, of course, or even odd socks. That’s another kind of mischief entirely. What we find goes astray are those pretty trimmings and trinkets: a shiny button here, a piece of ribbon there; the lace from mother’s nightdress, the bell from baby’s bear.

You may suspect a local magpie. But we know another covetous feathered friend. The Flower Garden Birds are so polite and graceful and they mean no harm at all. But their bright eyes miss nothing, and when they spy a new colour or material for their nests they simply cannot resist.

So when the Design a Duck competition launched this week, no one was more eager and no bird better prepared than Coco and Mimi, florists, mood board enthusiasts and interior designers extraordinaire.

Art makes us happy

Art is a little pleasure that brings us great joy. It really doesn’t matter how ‘good’ you are, or whether you plan to show your finished work or just want to enjoy the process. Creating something brings back the playful child in us all; it helps us see old things in new ways and notice things we overlook every day.

If art is something you don’t usually have time for, perhaps you’ll consider getting a pencil and piece of paper out now and taking inspiration in the small wonders all around you.

In psychology, the use of art to treat enhance mental health is known as art therapy and is rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Creating art and viewing others’ artworks, helps people explore their feelings, develop self-esteem and cope with stress. Sounds like we could all use a little of that right now!

floral garden birds createDesign a Duck Competition

Why not embark on a new art journey by taking part in our Design a Duck competition? Not only will you enjoy all the benefits of being creative, you’ll be in with a chance to win a bamboo root Duckling in your very own design.

design your own duck

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Download and print the template
  2. Bring your duckling to life! Use colour, pattern, words and images – just no copyrighted images or designs, please!
  3.  Take a picture or scan your finished design and send it to competitions@dcuk.com Include your name and age.
    TERMS & CONDITIONS One entry per email address. Competition closes Sunday 3rd May. Winner will be chosen by DCUK and contacted directly by Sunday 8th June. The winning design will be made into a DCUK Duckling and sent to the winner, subject to manufacturing time scales. No copyrighted images or designs will be accepted.

Join in the fun #athomewithduck

Coco and Mimi have already begun work on their entries. Naturally, their designs have a floral flavour. Here are their top tips:

flower garden birds clematis

Talk through some ideas with a friend

garden bird pink hat daisy

Get inspiration from your favourite things – Coco seems to like these daisies!

lime green flower garden bird

Try something new – Mimi’s using watercolours for the first time

pink hat garden bird

Choose colours that appeal to you

green hat garden bird

Enjoy it! Art is very therapeutic

flower garden bird red

And if it doesn’t work out first time, don’t worry. You can always print our another sheet.

We can’t wait to see your designs!

Until next week, stay safe and take care of one another.


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