Sunday, 4 April 2010

Birdhouse Tutorial and Template

Hope you're all having a lovely Easter! I've had a wonderful day and even managed to spare an hour to do a tutorial and template for this little Birdhouse after receiving quite a few emails and requests for the ones I made on this post here. I realise it's a bit late to make for Easter but it is pretty cute and to be honest can be used any time of year as a gift. Now I know this is not MY original idea but you can see where my inspiration came from here. All the measurements, template and photo's ARE my own and I'm quite happy for you to use them for your own personal use. So firstly the template. Your cardstock needs to be 8 1/4" x 6 1/2" and scored as above at 2, 4, 6 & 8 along the long edge and 2, 4 & 6 along the short edge. Cut along the score lines as indicated by the red lines and cut out the grey area. Use the 1 3/8" circle punch and cut out from a post it note. Position the post it note onto the cardstock so you know exactly where the hole needs to go.Position the punch over the note and punch out.Fold all the score lines inwards but the top score line needs to be folded the other way.Add tombow glue to the 1/4" side edge and glue the box together.Cut a piece of window sheet (acetate) just slightly smaller than 2" square. I very bravely cut into the black spotty sheet that's in the NEW 'NIGHT AND DAY' DSP, and added a glue dot to each corner and stuck to the inside of the box.Using Tombow again, glue the bottom flaps together.You'll now have your box shape so all that's needed is to pinch the top part together as shown in the picture. Make sure you have the hole to the side when you do this so when it is pinched together, you'll have the gable end over the hole.So your box will then look like this...SU! sell these cute little clips in an assortment for £6.95 which are perfect for holding the top together. Finally it's the roof to decorate. I cut a piece of co-ordinating cardstock at 2"x 5" and scored at 2", 2 1/2" and 3". Folded as a valley and mountain fold which sits over the top part of the box opening.Cut a long strip of DSP at 2" wide and then scalloped one end, cut at 1 1/2" and continued until I had 6 pieces which I then inked the edges with a dauber.Glue these to the roof, 3 to each side equally spaced... ...and voila!
Finished off with the magnificent NEW 'EXTRA LARGE TWO-STEP BIRD PUNCH. So that's me done. It is very simple so have a go and if you do, please leave me a comment so I can visit and then I know my time doing these tuts has been put to good use. Enjoy the rest of your Easter break and see ya real soon!


Dawn said...

Your bird house is absolutely fabulous.
Great clear tutorial.

Aimes said...

Sooooooo sweet - I love it!!! Now you've got me thinking what could you possibly fill it with?! Something super sweet methinks ;D
Loving that bird punch too!
Happy Easter!

Jill said...

Thanks Jo, was wondering where I could find a tutorial! Jill x

Elaine said...

Thanks for the tutorial - now to get the boys to play in their room for a while.

Kaz Hall said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, Its sooo fab!! I love it!! I got a friend coming later for a craft, this is just perfect so thanks


Emma Hunter said...

what a beautiful project and very clear tutorial......will def be trying this one

Suzie Q said...

Hi jo,
I will definitely be having a go at one of these
thanks for the tut!
yours is lovely
Suzie Qx

Kate Lewis said...

Just ADORABLE Jo!!! Thanks for taking the time to do this tutorial! Love K xx

maddy hill said...

That is so adorable ! i might have a go Jo !
maddy x

Debbie said...

Love this Jo, Thanks for the tutorial!

simplyfairies said...

Fabulous Thankyu Jo for sharing with us!!

Alex said...

Thanks for the fab tutorial Jo, just need to find time to make this now :)

Thanks for sharing.

Alex x

Maria said...

Fantastic Jo and so very pretty.
Thank you so much for sharing said...

Lovely tutorial and very easy to follow


Peg x

Lesley Edmonds said...

Fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Jo. I shall definitely have a go.
Lesley x

Ann Wills said...

Brilliant Jo, thanks for sharing

Ruthie said...

I love this variation on the milk carton idea. It's fab.

Thanks for sharing,

Ruthie x

Busym1 said...

Thank you! Might be perfect for Staff appreciation week for the tables! Thanks again!

Clare Brown said...

thankyou so much for this tutorial off now to have a go.pop over to my blog later for a sneek peek, would love to know what you think!!

hugs clare x

christine said...

Thanks a lot for sharing this tutorial! chris

Cath said...

Jo, thanks for this lovely template and being inspired to make it. Your instructions and photos are crystal clear and very much appreciated. Thankyou.

Janette said...

I so want this punch but then I want SO much out of the mini I cant choose....I didnt get it this month so maybe next !!
I will make one once I get the punch.
Janette x

Cathy A said...

This is so sweet, thanks for the tutorial.

Loraine Arderne said...

Lovely little birdhouse, thanks for the tutorial.

Christelle said...

Thanks for this tutorial, i was looking for something like that since a loooong time !

Kaz Hall said...

Hi jo just to let you know I have made a couple of your fab birdhouses thanks so much I really enjoyed making them


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for generously sharing these tutorials with your readers! I love this little birdhouse! Much appreciated! I didn't have one of the profiles to select so had to use anonymous. :)

Anonymous said...

I just made your little birdhouse and it turned out very well. Love it. Thanks so much and please continue with your tutorials.

Kind regards and thanks from Germany
Maxie (don't have profiles to select from thus anonymous)



Cheryl said...

I love it !!!Thanks so much for the tutorial. I think I will be making one for my grandaughter for Easter - she's 10 years old and loves to craft

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