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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!

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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).

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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).

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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).

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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!

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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!

Krista Frattin

2014–2015 Artisan Design Team 

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  • Mary

    Jun 26

    Love it!!! Can you share the sizes of the strips of paper and the bottom base circle?

  • Subhasish Sen

    Jun 26

    Great its look so easy to make it but actually its not i am also make birdie cage, You can see in my site - http://www.jumboo.in

  • Bobbie

    Jun 26

    What are the measurements

  • Bobbie

    Jun 26

    How side are the strips of paper

  • Carla Entz

    Jun 26

    I just absolutely love this Project! I also just wanted to send a small hint to Krista Frattin..... My birthday was in August... just saying... I also happen to LOVE flowers... ha ha Thank you so much for sharing your wonderfully created project!

  • Krista Frattin

    Jun 26

    Reina ...

  • Krista Frattin

    Jun 26

    Reina ... The strips are 1/4" wide. You will need a total of 12 (as photographed). Your circle base can be any circle die that you may have on hand. I used the second largest circle die from the Stampin' Up! Circles Collection Framelits (130911). Hope that is helpful! ~ Krista

  • Elaine Layfield

    Jun 26

    This is very creative. I really love the tag.

  • Pat Doucette

    Jun 26

    Love this, just have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reina MacDonald

    Jun 26

    I love this project, and I want to make it for my friend's birthday. But the instructions are not very detailed. How many strips are used to make the bird cage bars? You mention they are 9 inches, but how wide? And what are the dimensions of the card stock that makes the base? A lot of details are missing from this tutorial. Is there a link that can lead me to the full instructions?

  • Creative Juice by Loni

    Jun 26

    FABULOUS!