Don’t die of shock but I couldn’t resist trading in my Christmas dies to create a decorative bird house with spring colors for my “anything but a card” series. It was fun transforming this small birdhouse with the little white fence and colorful flowers and foliage. I have a few more on a shelf in my closet, all different sizes and shapes, and I think I’ll decorate them all in different color combinations to create a grouping to decorate with when all the Christmas stuff comes down.
The Fence and Grass
- Cut four sections of fence using white cardstock.
- Attach the fence sections together using glossy accents.
- Cut a strip of green cardstock 11 inches long.
- Use the grass die to cut through the first half of the green strip, place the die at the end of the first cut and cut a second time. This creates a continuous length of grass to go all the way around the house.
- Use glossy accents to attach the fence sections to the grass.
- Measure out the folds for the grass and fence by placing them on birdhouse, holding them in place and bending them at each corner to prepare for final attachment.
- Begin attaching by applying hot glue to the front section.
- Continue applying hot glue all the way around the house to complete. Note: I used hot glue to attach any element being adhered directly to the wood house.
The Flowers, Ivy and Leaf Branches
- Use green cardstock to cut several the large and small ivy and leafy branches. Note: I used five large ivy sections on each side of the house and three leaf branches on each side.
- Cut the flower buds using purple cardstock.
- Place the large ivy sections on the molding pad and score the leaves using the leaf tool.
- Form the flowers using a small tipped stylus and molding pad.
- Cut each small ivy section in half using scissors to create two sections.
- Attach the flowers to the small and large ivy sections using glossy accents.
Attach the Flowers and Ivy
- Tuck the small ivy and flower sections in behind the grass all the way around the house and attach using glossy accents.
- Attach three leaf branches on each side of the house using hot glue. I applied the hot glue to the ends of the branches, overlapped them over the top of the birdhouse and attached. The main portion of the branches were left free to look natural.
- Continue by adding the large flower covered ivy to both sides of the house. Attach three sections along the top of the house like with the leafy branches.
- Tuck two additional ivy and flower branches under the existing branches on each side and attach slightly lower to create more length.
- Attach several individual flowers all along the top of the house top to fill in and complete the arrangement.
The Front Arrangement
- Cut a couple large ivy and flower sections apart to create three sections.
- Use hot glue to attach the ivy and flowers sections to the house and perch.
This pretty spring decorative bird house is another example of how you can use your dies to create “anything but a card”, Consider how fun it would be to create a set decorated for each season. Hmmmm! I think a snowy winter birdhouse will be next on my list. I hope you have enjoyed seeing this project and have been inspired to create an “anything but a card” project of your won. If you do……please link in the comments sections of my posts. I would love to be inspired by what you come up with. Want more inspiration? Check out this Pinterest link. Thank you for coming by and I hope you have a great week.
The dies used for this project.
The tools and supplies.
It is fun to create a decorative bird house with die cut paper flowers and foliage.