It was so fun having my daughter help with this project!
She needed an ornament for school, so we grabbed supplies from
XYRON and TIM HOLTZ
and set out to create this unique birdcage ornament!
You'll need a round base...I've recycled a cardboard container that held paperclips, but you
could also use an oatmeal container (cut down to size) or create your own from paper.
We also used the "Festive" Layering Stencil, Barn Door, Twisted Citron, Walnut Stain and Lucky Clover Distress Ink Pads, and the Paper Stash Collage 8X8 paper pad from Tim Holtz. From Xyron,
Using the dauber applicator, the stencil was colored in with the aforementioned colors of
distress in. Next, the paper was cut into 1.25" strips to cover the outside of the cardboard
The strips were placed through the Creative Station Lite and permanent adhesive applied
to the back of each.
Strips of one of the 8X8 papers were cut into 1/4"X 8" pieces and then adhered to the inside
of the cardboard container using the Mega Runner's permanent adhesive.
Next, I placed a twig nest into the inside of the container! You could also try
Spanish moss or excelsior if you can't find a small enough nest.
A 1/8" hole punch was used to punch a small hole at the end of each strip. I used a bell brad
to then hold all of the strips together.
For the inside of the birdcage, we created this fun dimensional, cluster of birds using one
of the ephemera pieces from the Emporium Ephemera Pack. After distressed the
bird motif with various distress inks, it was wrapped around a toilet paper tube and secured
in place with Xyron permanent adhesive.
I used paper holly leaves and chenille pom poms from my stash to embellish around the side
and top of the birdcage. Now it's ready to sit on an end table or hang from a branch of the tree!
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