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Holiday Gift Box

Can you believe it’s less than three months until Christmas? Where did the summer go?  I can really be a procrastinator, so if you are like me, here’s a little push to get you started on your holiday craft projects.

When I received my box of goodies from the Ribbon Lady, I had this wonderful  Cling Jumbo Cardinals stamp set from Stampendous, which completely got my mind reeling towards birdhouses.  I didn’t end up using the birds themselves – but they still completely inspired this project.  This could either be used as a decoration or a gift box.

I found a template for a 3-d birdhouse in a stamping magazine, and scanned it, enlarged it, and printed it on 12 x 12 cardstock.  I cut out the base.

I scored all of the folds, using my Scor-pal, and inked the edges.

I printed a second template onto my patterned paper, and cut each panel of the house (cutting slightly smaller than the base).  The edges were inked and the papers were glued to the cardstock base. The house was glued together using Scor-tape.

The roof was made with a 9” x 4” piece of cardstock, scored in the center.  A smaller panel of coordinating patterned paper was added.

Now, the best part – the embellishing!  I stamped, cut and colored two of the berry branches, and shaped them with a ball stylus, to give them dimension.  I tied a multi-loop/mixed ribbon bow using the Bowdabra, and glued it to the top of the house.  I added a little bit of crochet lace around the bottom of the roof and the front of the house (just because I love this ribbon with all of my heart!) and tied off my berry bouquet on the front with a little twine.

Wouldn’t it be adorable to make a bunch of these little bird houses and put them around a little bird themed skinny Christmas tree?  See what I mean about it’s time to get going on my holiday projects?!!



Blog post by: Gini Williams Cagle

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  1. Brenda Savage

    This is adorable! I love it!

  2. Mary S - Big Mamma

    What a great project.  Love this little house.

  3. Carmen

    What an adorable idea! Would you be willing to share where you found the birdhouse template?

  4. Amy #8546

    very pretty.  

  5. Linda R.

    Wow!  Amazing.  So talented!

  6. Holly E

    Cute birdhouse!

  7. Kim H

    great birdhouse, love the colors and patterns. thanks for sharing.

  8. L Smokie

    What a cute house! The 'fussy' cutting must have taken quite a few mintues.  I really like the three types of ribbons tied together.

  9. Denise Bryant

    That would make a sweet ornament! Love the holly stamp and the pretty May Arts trim and ribbon!

  10. ggnurse

    One of my favorite projects ever!  This is just gorgeous!

  11. jengd

    Beautifully done!

  12. Nicole

    This is fabulous!!

  13. C arol B

    What a gorgeous project, I love it!
    Carol B

  14. sharon gullikson

    The addition of the stamped image looks so great. It is old fashioned looking, which I adore!

  15. Sue D

    Very cute–I like how you embellished it.

  16. Michel E

    Love this project.
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  17. kathy/NorthCarolina

    This is spectacular!  I love dimensional projects, and this one is just so much fun!

  18. Brigita

    This birdhouse is just gorgeous and love the crochet lace along the edges. 

  19. elizabeth

    this is REALLY thinking outside the box. it is so pretty and seems functional. way to give those little birdies a home!

  20. Jennie P.

    What a beautiful box!!! Love the holly berries on it.

  21. Stampendous Graphics

    What a fun project! Gini, you've really created something dynamic here! Thanks so much for playing along with our Blog Hop. Great Job!

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  23. Kristie Maynard

    This is so lovely!  I may just have to make a couple of these.  TFS!

  24. 2Pennies (Jennifer)

    I'm ready to start on Christmas cards!  I can see why you like the green and white ribbon so much.

  25. Joyce EJW

    Very clever and so cute. Love all the details and layers.

  26. bzyPTmom

    What a gorgeous bird house!  This so inspires me–makes a ginger bread house at Christmas time pale in comparison!  I love how you created this and decorated it–beautiful.  I may have to make one, would be the perfect holiday gift–even put some goodies inside of it–so it's a "double" gift!

  27. barbara lassiter

    This box is so perfect! I love the colors and the way you used the stamp.The lace and the ribbon are just great finishing touches. I appreciate the  tutorial as well. It's so helpful to see how something is created! Thanks!

  28. Jeniff

    The birdhouse is so beautiful.


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