Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Project 7 - A Bird house tree decoration

Today's embellishment is a Merry Christmas slogan cut from the Vintage Christmas backing paper, inked and mounted on a piece of torn backing paper, also inked. This was then mounted onto a Journaling card. The whole thing was decorated with a grungeboard key, inked with a brown chalk eye ink pad and a green button, with some knotted thread.project 7 - Bird house tree decoration

This was adapted from a gift bag I saw in a magazine over the summer. I decided a small version would make a great tree decoration or an original Christmas card!

1. Download the template for the birdhouse from the following link here.

Put it on a piece of backing paper and cut out one house shape all around the outside edge. Cut one roof shape piece from double sided contrast paper and two base shapes.

2. Score the house shape along all the dotted lines, using a ball tool or a bone folder. Using double sided tape or PVA glue for a stronger fix, apply glue to all the flaps, between the edge and the score lines. Do the sides first and the roof last. The final flap can be tricky so you may want to use double sided tape for the last one as you cannot hold the two edges togther whilst it dries!!!

3. Apply wet glue to the two sloping roof sections and lie the house onto a roof section, lining up the centre of the birdhouse roof with the centre score line on the seperate roof piece. Allow to dry.

4. Take one base piece and glue it on to a piece of scrap chipboard for extra strength. Cut around the shape with a craft knife. Using the second base piece, glue the patterned paper on to the other side. Ink all the edges with a dark brown ink pad. Using a wet glue, apply glue to the bottom of the birdhouse and centralise it on the chipboard base, so it sits evenly.

5. Using a piece of Christmas ribbon or a greeting, apply to one of the roof sections and glue on a button with knotted thread through it, using silicone glue.

6. Using the birdie stamp (from Stamps Away) stamp a bird on a piece of scrap backing paper, and cut roughly around the shape. Glue in position on the front of the birdhouse, to one side. For the hole in the birdhouse, you need to punch a circle using a circle punch if you have one or drawing around your gluestick if you haven't and cutting it out! To highlight this and make it look like a hole, I used some adhesive gems, to add sparkle.

7. To hang the decoration, cut a piece of ribbon and fold to make a hanging loop, glue this to the back of the house using silicone glue. Allow to dry.

If I was goign to use this as a greeting card, I would write my name and greeting on a gift tag and attch to the hanging ribbon. That way, the person gets a card and a gift in one!

Drop by tomorrow for another craft project. Happy Crafting! TFLx


sue-bubbles said...

Fabulous project CC...template downloaded easy peasy - THANK YOU!!!
Sue x

Hi I'm Maria... said...

Looks Fab cc, and have printed off the template OK too,

but really must finish a little book I'm doing before I have ago :-(

Thanks, cannot wait to make it...
Maria xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the template CC. I have downloaded and printed it. Love all your projects so far. Keep up the good work !!!!!
Jackie worcs :-)

sue-bubbles said...

Four little birdhouses made so far CC - I love pretty!
Thank you again for the template and instructions!!!
Sue x