Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Best Birds seed boxes

This is another of the projects from my Best Birds workshop. It’s a really simple box with lid, with an aperture to allow you to see the contents: a cello bag full of black pumpkin seeds for the birds. We’re big bird-feeders in this house and my husband was really excited to see a nuthatch in the garden the other week. Sadly I was out and missed it as we’ve been waiting 23 years!

Anyway, back to the box: the base and the lid are each made from a sheet of 6x6; the base is Kraft, while the lid is Serene Scenery DSP (which I absolutely love). the Kraft is scored at 1in from each side, the DSP is scored at 2.5cm from each side. The very slight difference in the two measurements should allow the lid to fit snugly. 

The aperture is created using the old-style circle dies as I don’t yet have the new ones, but I’ve linked to the new ones below as those are they ones which are available. But any size circle will do; you just can’t do it with a punch though, as it won’t reach that far. 

To get the circle in the centre, we drew diagonal lines, corner to corner, with a pencil on the reverse side, so the cross in the middle allowed us to centre the die. 

I made two samples so I had one to show each table and so the ladies could choose which one to make, using whichever sheet of DSP they preferred, as they had one of each design to play with. It’s all held together with that old favourite, linen thread. 

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