Cut two strips of paper or ribbon to meaure 1" wide and 11" long.
Measure 1" from one end and mark. Divide remaining 10" into long 1/4" strips and cut.
Fold top strip at right angle with outside edge meeting top of cuts. Weave (over self, under next, over third, under last)
Fold next strip at right angle with outside edge meeting the formerly folded strip. Weave (over self, under next, over last). Set aside.
Repeat steps 2-4 with second strip. Turn piece over.
Place pieces together so folded edges form a straight line.
Weave pieces together where strips cross.
Lift two sets of two strips going off together and curl over to top. Weave as they cross each other (tip: when looking down on piece, if strip is on bottom coming off the lower layer, it will be on bottom coming onto top layer.)
Continue with all strips so you have a completed grid on top using all 8 strips.
Two pairs should be facing front and two facing back. Continue the weaving pattern as these cross the SIDES so you end up with an egg-shaped body having 4 strips together at the front and at the back.
The front of the bird is that of the original folded edges. Bring all 4 of the strips together and tie a knot and flatten. Trim end to form a beak.
Back end is that where wings sweep back. Cut each loose strip into 1/8" wide strips. Use scissors to curl tail ends.