Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Chick Magnet!

For a cheep – get it! - pretty and different way of presenting a mini book, look no further than a bird house. This is my second one of these and I can say with confidence there will be more, I may attempt to make one from chipboard next time. I love the cute look of them and because it’s a ready-made bird house it’s a quick project. I picked up this undecorated version in The Range, it was one of my crafty finds posted previously. A little paint, a couple of chipboard scraps, some old paper flowers, beads from broken jewellery and an A5 pack of paper (I used the new Papermania Botanicals paper line) was all it took to cover the bird house and make a mini album to nestle safely within. I decorated the mini with a couple of leftovers from a decoupage kit, a die-cut and some alpha stickers but a bit of fussy-cut scraps would work just as well.

For both of my bird houses I’ve made minis very much on the birdie theme. This latest one tells the story of how my Father-in-Law become foster parent to a couple of blue tit chicks….altogether now aaaahhh….you’ll be pleased to know they grew big and strong and left him to go to a specialist wildlife centre where they were eventually released back to the wild. He does miss them though as they did seem to recognise him and get very excited whenever he got close, but it was probably due to the meal worm he was holding.

The first bird house I completed was quite different to this latest one and was one of my Design Team projects for Docrafts Creativity Club. I used the Papermania Capsule Eau De Nil paper line and the Xcut Flourish die set.  I picked this house up in the local £1 shop, it was garishly decorated with various naive bugs stuck to it but the overall shape really appealed to me. I carefully removed the bugs and roof before decorating it  in a more subtle colour scheme.

If you’d like to try your own version here’s the instructions on how I completed mine. If you are inspired to have a go I’d love to see your version, so do post a link.

How to:-

Take one cheap wooden birdhouse, ease off the roof, it’s a cheap birdhouse so it will only be lightly glued. Remove any raised d├ęcor.

Paint the roof , corners and edges of the house with white Artiste paint.

Print your title in a 1” circle, trim to a 2” circle and adhere to the inside of the house so the title lines up with the birdhouse hole.

Cover the birdhouse with paper inside and out. Cut pieces to fit each surface, coat in Anita’s tacky glue right to the edge and adhere. The glue allows you to slide the paper creating a perfect fit. Trim the edges once dry if necessary.

Die cut flourishes from white card and then coat with iridescent glitter glue. Once dry adhere to the birdhouse on all sides.

Die cut flower shapes and adhere to the flourishes adding gems to the flower centres.

Adhere self adhesive crochet border to the outside of the roof starting at the edges and overlapping till you reach the apex. Cut the crochet border pieces slightly long and trim once the roof has been covered to get a neat edge. Cover the inside of the roof with paper.

Cut a paper template ¼” narrower than the internal birdhouse width and 1” shorter than the depth.

Cut two pieces of chipboard the size of the template to act as book covers. Cover with paper on both sides.

Cut pages from card stock ¼” shorter and narrower than the covers. Mat the pages.

Bind your book using a binding machine, book rings or ribbon. Decorate binding with ribbons.

Decorate the cover with another flourish, flower shapes and buttons.

Add photos and journaling and pop into your birdhouse.

Happy Scrapping.


  1. Oh wow, these are brilliant.
    Claire xx

    1. Hi Claire, thank you so glad you like them.

  2. Super fun projects and each so very different in style! WOW! Great inspiration - thank you!

  3. How lovely the little bird houses are & an added bonus with the mini album inside.