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Paper crafts: Final bird box

Cards, Origami, Paper crafts  |  September 19th 2011  |  0 Comment

Final bird box

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Now back to the project!  The second aspect of my ensemble is this adorable little “Bird Box” that I designed.  I thought that the bird seed it contains, paired with a nice bird feeder, would be a great gift for a friend or neighbor who has recently moved into a new home.  I know I would love to receive something like that!  I was inspired by the shape of one of the very birdhouses that Melissa drew for this set when developing this template!  I put together a printable version of the box so that you make your own with ease!


Click on the link below to download your own free copy!
Download Bird Box Template

This Bird Box is super easy to put together, as it is just two pieces!  You can either cut your own straight-edged roof or use the largest Long Rectangle Nestabilties Die (from the Large set) to create a scalloped roof.  There are so many possibilities, I am sure you will have lots of fun with it!

Extra template front

I thought it would be a nice detail to feature some clapboard siding on the front of this birdhouse, so I printed the template a second time on white typing paper.  I cut several 1/2-inch strips of aqua mist cardstock and sponged the bottom edges with fresh snow ink.

Clapboard front
I adhered the strips to the typing paper template, starting at the bottom and working my way up overlapping them slightly, just like they do with real clapboards.  After I was done, I was able to flip the entire piece over, front side down, and use the edges of the typing paper template as a cutting guide for trimming.

Threading ribbon

I was then able to adhere the altered front directly to the assembled template, and it fit perfectly!  I filled a bag with birdseed and tied it off with ribbon.  Once the bag is placed in the house, you can see how nicely the contents show through the *window*.  Two holes were made in the center of the roof to allow the ribbon to be threaded through.
Bird box tag