This is soooooo cute – I had to share with you!
DIY Paper Bird Cage
Hello! My favorite projects to stamp are summer projects . . . yes, even more than Christmas projects! August is coming to a close and it seems like everyone is getting ready for fall. I wanted to give you a summer-y project today to celebrate the end of summer! We still have a few weeks left of beautiful weather . . . let’s enjoy!
The birdcage itself was created using Whisper White Cardstock (item # 100730) and a Candy Dot Brad Base (item # 132293)! In the spirit of upcycling, the base of the cage was created using scrap packaging paper from the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper packages. You will need a 1/16″ Circle Handheld Punch (item # 134363) and the Circles Collection Framelits Dies (item # 130911).
In step 12 you will see that I upcycled an empty Stampin’ Up! button container for filler inside the birdcage base. This was perfect! The only downside was that it was a bit fussy to add my flowers through the birdcage bars. Fussy . . . but not impossible. Just take it one flower and one leaf at a time. Be gentle so you do not bend or crease the bars.
I got comfy in front of the TV and created my paper flowers watching Netflix (a match made in heaven). The Fun Flower Punch (item # 133785) and the Flower Fair Framelits Dies (item # 133731) made creating the flowers effortless. You will need to punch or cut out multiple flowers in the same color for each flower shape you want to create. Use a Bone Folder (item # 102300) to curl the flower petals and soften the fibers of the cardstock. You can also crumple the petals for more texture (as I have done here).
I wanted to hang something down the center of the birdcage. The Vintage Faceted Buttons (item # 127555) threaded with Silver Metallic Thread (item # 138402) were just perfect (if I do say so myself).
To finish it all off, I added a bow using Pink Pirouette 1/2″ Seam Binding Ribbon (item # 134574) and a birthday gift tag using the Flower Patch Stamp Set (item # 134207). This stamp set coordinates with the Flower Fair Framelits Dies that I used above to create the flowers. You simply cannot have one without the other! Trust me, you’ll need them both!
I’m excited to give this gift away to a friend. Real flowers wilt, but these flowers can be enjoyed forever!
Thank you for reading. It is a huge honor (and super-exciting) to share on the Stampin’ Up! blog!! Have a creative day!
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