I remember making salt dough ornaments as a kid. This method, using baking soda and cornstarch looks interesting: Dries quicker, smoother and whiter than traditional salt-dough Cups Water 2 Cups Baking Soda 1 Cup Cornstarch
Create gift bags from old book pages. Stamp a bird design on an old book page which has been cut 1 to 2 inches shorter than a second page. Sew or glue edges together. Secure with a brad or decorative button and small Velcro dots.