Friday, 20 April 2012

Bird cage ornaments

I’m going to have to take a break from blogging for a few days. Caturday will go ahead as usual of course, but beyond that, I need a few days’ gap to give me chance to prepare for my Summer Mini catalogue launch on Saturday 28th April.

So as a Spring Mini grand finale, here’s a fun tutorial for you, using the Spice Cake Papers. Don’t miss these fabulous papers, which are only available until the end of the month!

I saw this cute idea on Pinterest – an online pinboard website which I joined recently. The birdcages on the website it led me to had a tutorial for much larger cages and birds, but I wanted to adapt it to SU products, specifically our lovely bird punch.

So here’s how I made my 100% SU bird cages:

1 empty brad/button pot (lids work too)
1 mini brad
4 strips of DSP or cardstock measuring 20cm x .5cm
1 strip of DSP or cardstock measuring 22cm x the depth of your pot/lid
scraps of cardstock/DSP to make bird etc
linen thread
ribbon, if desired

Paper piercer
Large scallop circle punch
1 ¾” circle punch
Bird punch
Sticky Strip
2 3/8” scallop circle punch

Using the 2 3/8” scallop circle punch, punch some Designer Series Paper or co-ordinating cardstock and attach to both the inside of the pot and the base.

Punch a bird using the bird punch, and the wings from Designer Series Paper. Assemble, attaching linen thread underneath the wings.

Pierce a hole in the centre of each strip of paper and carefully thread the linen thread through, so that the bird is below the strips. Using the same hole, join the pieces together with the brad.

Place your pot/lid on your grid paper so you can mark it at eight points, equally spaced around the edge. 

Bend the strips of paper carefully and attach on the outside of your pot, lining up with the marks you’ve just made. Sticky Strip works best for this.

Finally, using more Sticky Strip, cover the ends of your strips using a strip of Designer Series Paper or ribbon.

Paper: Spice Cake
Cardstock: More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
Accessories: Bird punch, linen thread, scallop dots ribbon - Chocolate Chip

All products by Stampin’ Up!®


  1. Helen this is genius! what a gorgeous project. Permission to snaffle?

  2. Love these Helen, another asking permission to snaffle?

  3. Awesome! Such a fun project!

  4. Beautiful! I didn't see these in your tree?!! :)


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