Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Picket Fence Birdhouse

Hi everyone... Eileen here. It's that time of year when birds are building nests. The other day I went out on the front porch to water my hanging geraniums and a mad mother wren flew out of her nest right. at. me! She was so close I could feel her wings in my hair! I wish I had a video of me screaming because I'm sure it was most entertaining. 

In honor of our bird, it only seems fitting to post a few projects I made using the XL Birdhouse, 3D, from the Picket Fence collection. This is a ScoreBoards die, which means it is specially designed to cut thick materials like matboard and chipboard, forming sturdy, long-lasting boxes. 

Wouldn't this make a cute favor at a spring bridal or baby shower? If you leave one of the roof flaps unglued, you can add small candies and treats, a piece of jewelry, pin, or other small treasure- this is a very versatile die. It would be easy to get a few friends over to help and assemble a bunch of little birdhouses in an evening. I love crafting with friends, don't you?


To decorate and assemble pink burlap house:
  1. Lay burlap piece over birdhouse structure on die and trim. Add a coat of spray adhesive to one side of the matboard sheet of the same size. Position burlap so it covers the matboard portion that will be the house. Run through die cut machine. The pressure will fuse the burlap to the matboard. Cut the roof section without burlap.
  2. Peel burlap off the tabs to remove bulk at joins. Make sure to fold over all score lines to break fibers for easier assembly. Add adhesive to tabs and put birdhouse together.
  3. Stamp on roof in brown. Ink edges in aqua.
  4. In the center fold of the roof, make a hole with an awl. Bend a heart shape from the wire, leaving a tail of about two inches. Insert the wire tail into the center of the roof and fold wires up to secure in place. Fold over roof and adhere to top of birdhouse.
  5. Die cut coiled piece from Trinity's Flower in crinoline (thanks to Tammy Tutterow for turning me on to this material- love it!). Spray randomly with mist and let dry. Starting with the long strip, roll into the middle (I use tweezers for this). When the flower is formed how you like, secure it with glue and add a pearl to the center.
  6. Arrange the flower, twine, leaf, metal sentiment and an inked Prima bird on the birdhouse and adhere in place. 


Embossed roof house:
  1. Die cut Birdhouse from matboard. Cover house piece in brown ink with a text stamp. Assemble box as above. Add red ink on birdhouse corners.
  2. Place roof of birdhouse in Textured Impressions folder and run through Big Shot. Rub over the embossing with a sponge and Inka Gold by Viva Decor. Buff with a soft cloth.
  3. Die cut leaves from green felt. 
  4. Die cut a stack of about 20 of the smallest flower from Flower, Layers #9. Punch a hole in the middle of the stack and add a brad. Start scrunching each layer into the middle of the flower. Add ink to the edges of the flowers, then separate them and fluff. 
  5. Add flower, leaves and ribbon, bling to the front of the birdhouse.



OPTIONAL:
Add a dowel to the base of the birdhouse or punch a hole before you assemble it and add a perch for a bird below the hole. This die also works great for cards if you cut the front panel off and use separately. The birdhouse fits great on the Cupcake Stand too...

Just wanted to share something... I am so excited about this. I'm sure many of you are familiar with the work of Matthew Mead, an amazingly talented stylist and photographer. I have been a big fan of his since I saw his work in Better Homes & Gardens. Well, he posted a room makeover  and used my Flower with Heart Petals die to create this beautiful lampshade. Is this not gorgeous? Please stop by his blog and tell him you love it!

Thanks for stopping today. Have a great week...

Eileen
http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/





Other Supplies:
crinoline, burlap, green felt, wire, sewing pattern, jute, ribbon, strong double sided adhesive, Viva Decor Inka Gold, rubber stamps and inks, wooden birds from Prima, glue, metal sentiment


You won't believe all of the fun die cutting projects you can create with the dies in Eileen Hull's collection. For more project ideas and instructions, visit the Eileen Hull project gallery at Sizzix.com!
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14 comments:

  1. Your birdhouses are awesome, Eileen! Love all the assembly tips and the ideas for alternate materials. Congratulations on having your die featured on Matthew Mead's blog! Wow! That lampshade is beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Karen- that MM thing is pretty exciting :-)

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  2. Love the birdhouse Eileen! It's awesome and your projects are gorgeous!!!

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    1. I appreciate your comment Gretchen :-) Thanks for tweeting it too!

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  3. Great birdhouses. What a fun crafty evening with friends to assemble these. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. Sharon, crafting with friends is the best- especially when you see the finished project(s)!

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  4. Fabulous birdhouse and the lampshade is so beautiful!!

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    1. Thanks Sue- so nice of you to pop in and leave a comment! hope all is well in FL...

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  5. Love this project, Eileen! Awesome project to do with friends. Congrats on being featured on Matthew Mead's blog. Off to check it out.

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    1. That was exciting Vivian, thanks. I appreciate your comment!

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  6. The birdhouses are spectacular, totally going to try the crinoline with my trinity die! and the lampshade is glorious!

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    1. Good plan Milagros- the crinoline is really fun to work with! Happy you have the Trinity flower :-)

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  7. Love this project and such a great tutorial, too. Thanks for sharing, Eileen. I remember the wren in your geranium planter :-) Your scream was impressive!

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    1. Haha Kimmie- we were twin screamers :-) the birds have hatched and the nest is abandoned. Can finally water my plant... It's hanging in there. Thanks for stopping by!

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