Tuesday Tutorial

March 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Core Blog

Today’s Tutorial comes from Linda Beeson. Remember the gorgeous house she created with Tim Holtz Core’dinations Cardstock, stamps, inks and other goodies? Well, Linda put together a wonderful tutorial for you today including the dimensions needed for your own house!

This is a little bird house made of cardstock.  It can be created from a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock (right click and save  the image below to your computer then print out. You will need to recreate the dimensions on a 9 1/2 x 11″ piece of cardstock) .  For my bird house, I cut out a circle in the front and lined that with a piece of acetate this way it can hold a little gift of candy and the window shows you the treats inside.

Here is the pattern for the base created from a 9 ½” x 11” piece of cardstock.  Note: This pattern can be altered though to make the house in the size you want.  Keep the 11” side the same, just adjust the size of the middle and/or top sections to make the house taller or shorter.

I wanted my bird house to be created from embossed cardstock but the Cuttlebug or Sizzix embossing folders are not big enough for the entire bird house at once, so I created a base bird house with plain cardstock and then embossed pieces to glue to the sides of the bird house and then additional pieces to create my little roof.

Score on the score lines and crease those folds with a bone folder.  Here is a photo of what all of the folds and cuts will look like.

When all of the lines are scored and creased, the paper folds to form a box.  Glue along the edge of the extra tab.  Here you can see how the roof should come together.  You can give the roof folds scored lines too or use your fingers to give the correct creases.

I used my Coluzzle circle cutter to cut my hole in the front of the house.  Then, I cut a piece of acetate and glued that to the inside of the house.  This is optional.  I filled my house with candy. If you aren’t going to do that, the top can be stapled or glued together and use some kind of a paper clip so that it can be easily opened.

Now, I measured each of my sections and cut embossed pieces of cardstock and glued those in place.

Remember if you need tips on embossing to check out our videos here.

Here is another view:

We hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial. A HUGE thank you to Linda for putting this together. It’s gorgeous!!! We would love to see yours if you create one so make sure you link us up.  Have a great week!


7 Responses to “Tuesday Tutorial”
  1. Donna W says:

    Cute and she makes it look so easy.
    Now hopefully it will be as easy for me
    when I try to do it. Great job demonstrating.

  2. Elizabeth P says:

    Very Nice ! I’ve been wanting to make a little house for a long time – now I can change up sizes and everything thanks to this great tutorial !

  3. PatR says:

    Gorgeous bird house and such a great tutorial. So glad Sara passed on the link. Will definately have to give this a go. Thank you. x

  4. Andi Sexton says:

    Oh my… I LOVED this project the first time I saw it! Thank you Linda for the tutorial… Such a great combo – Core-dinations and Tim!!!

  5. Debbie Cornish says:

    The bird house is so cute..I really like the wood grain look you added It makes me think of Spring and we are all anxious for Spring to get here.

  6. Tona says:

    Such a fantastic project! Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. Barb C. says:

    Great birdhouse – fun project. Reminds me of the little milk cartons at lunch time in grammar school. Thanks!

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