One of the best ways to get started making decoys is with a kit. We don't sell kits for all sorts of birds, just a select few to get a beginner headed in the right direction. To really get a beginning carver headed in the right direction, you'll want to order the kit(s) together with Basic Decoy Carving.
Hunters have favored our cork decoys for decades. These are a bit over life size (the better for hunting purposes), and the kit includes the very same materials we use for our completed decoys: cork body block, bottom board, tail insert, head, keel, and lead ballast. The kit also includes instructions, of course. If you've wanted to try your hand at making a cork, here's your chance. They are easy to make, if a bit on the dirty side, but they finish well with common latex house paints (Seriously, it's about the best finish for a cork decoy.).
Here's a top view of the same decoy shown above...