Wintering Birds of Toronto

Back in the fall, I was asked to design my very first window display. Roohi Qureshi, owner of the natural beauty product line Leaves of Trees, requested a storefront that could start bringing interest to her Queen East shop over the winter months.

We unanimously agreed on the theme of birds, birds and more birds!

paper birds

Paper Cardinal, paper birds, window display

In an effort to remain geographically specific, I  narrowed the selection of birds to those that overwinter here in Toronto. My research lead to the following species: Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Bohemian Waxwing, Nuthatch, Golden Finch, Oriole, Blue Jay, Robin, Cardinal, Bluebird, Chickadee and House Sparrow.

paper birds, window display

Paper Bluejay


Lightweight black foam core was used as a base for all of the birds’ body and wing components. The paper details were glued on with nothing more than a glue stick. Coloured corrigated paper gave the wings an added touch of dimension.

wintering birds of toronto ontario, window display

After completing a total of 15 paper birds, I soon realized I had overlooked one very common species! Pigeons may not be native to the area, but they’re surely a big part of the urban landscape. It turned out to be the final touch my display needed, balancing everything out. (The image below gives a better idea of their actual size.)

The Leaves of Trees shop is located at 177 Queen Street East, Toronto. LOT specializes in natural beauty care products such as lipbalms, deodorants, lotions and argon oils, all ethically sourced and locally made.

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