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DIY Tutorial: Paper Birdcage


DIY Tutorial

I am delighted to welcome a new DIY contributor to the blog today. Andrea Pittam from Kiss the Frog, is a photographer as well as crafter and will be on the blog on a monthly basis sharing with us her numerous DIY Tutorials. Today Andrea is showing us how to make these super cute paper Birdcages, which would be perfect to hang around your wedding, or party or simply at home.

Birdcage

I’ll pass the blog over to Andrea………….

These  birdcages are really simple to make and look great hanging in your home or perhaps to decorate your garden, for a party, or even to use for your wedding decorations.Use different coloured paper and birds to co-ordinate with your preferred colour scheme.

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  • The paper needs to measure 30 x 30 cm.  Use one sheet of paper for each birdcage.
  • Artificial birds need to measure 10 cm long, from beak to tail.You can buy artificial birds from many sources.  Either from local shops or on the internet.  These metal bird have a loop in between the wings and were suspended by cord from the top wooden skewer.  If your bird is made from fabric or polystyrene then you can thread them with the wire which goes down the middle of the cage.  You will need to do this before you assemble the birdcage and secure them with a little glue at the top and bottom.

STEP 1) 
Turn the paper over and mark 5 cm from the top and draw a line across the paper. Draw another line 5cm from the bottom.

In between the two lines draw vertical lines 1 cm apart.

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STEP 2) 
Cut off the excess paper on the right hand side.

Cut from the top to bottom of each vertical line using a craft knife of sharp scissors.

Glue from the top to bottom of one side and curl into a cylinder. Secure with paper clips until glue is dry.

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STEP 3) 
Cut the wooden skewers into 9 cm lengths. You will need two for each birdcage.

Glue in place at the top and bottom of the birdcage and allow to dry.

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STEP 4) 
Prepare your bird - You can buy artificial birds from many sources. Either from local shops or on the internet. These metal birds have a loop in between the wings and were suspended by cord from the top wooden skewer. If your bird is made from fabric or polystyrene then you can thread them with the wire which goes down the middle of the cage. You will need to do this before you assemble the birdcage and secure them with a little glue at the top and bottom.

Cut a piece of wire 25cm long and wind it around the top wooden skewer.

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 STEP 5)
Thread the wire through the birdcage and attach to the second wooden skewer. The birdcage will start to take shape.

Some of the cage will pop in as well as out. You will need to gently pull the ‘bars’ into place.

You will also need to bend each ‘bar’ up to encourage the curved shape. Do this at the top and bottom.

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STEP 6) 
Additional details can be added by hanging beads or shaped card from the bottom wooden skewer to further personalise your birdcage.

The beaded accessories were made using wire and a selection of different sized beads.

Use different coloured paper and birds to co-ordinate with your preferred colour scheme.

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For more information on Andrea’s work go to

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Andrea Pittam is an artist in the UK.  After starting out in portrait and wedding photography and also graphic design, Andrea became involved with an art event where she was commissioned to paint a life sized lion for charity.  Since this time Andrea has broadened her artistic portfolio which now involves many craft projects which are created for homes and suitable for parties.  Andrea’s work is feminine, colourful and she is absolutely passionate about her artistic projects.  

 

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  1. Cardstock Shop

    We came across this project and fell in love! What a great idea and use for 12×12″ cardstock. We will be sharing your post on our Facebook page – hope that is ok! Thanks for sharing.

    Susan

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