Hey y’all! It’s spring – YAY!!! It’s been raining like a monsoon here in Georgia lately, but I’m hopeful that we’ll have tons of gorgeous flowers soon to show for it. My yard is also full of beautiful birds, and I love sitting on my deck listening to them sing. I decided to bring in some of that spring goodness to my home, so today I want to show you how to make a DIY Spring Bird House made from cardstock!
Oh it’s just too stinkin’ cute! Let me show you how to make it. First you need a few sheets of cardstock.
For my bird house, I selected two patterns for the sides and two patterns for the roof. Be sure you use cardstock, not just scrapbook paper because it’s too flimsy.
For the sides of the bird house, cut 4 pieces of cardstock to 4 1/2″ x 6″.
Crease each long edge at 1/2″ mark. This will be your overlap when you put the house together.
Cut a 5″ square for the bottom of your bird house. Fold the edges at the 1/4″ mark on all 4 sides and use a glue stick or glue dots to attach the corners.
Now, I used a glue stick for this part. Here’s what you do:
– First, cut out a hole in what will be the front of your bird house, like I did in the photo above.
– Next, use your glue stick to attach the first side to the base.
– Add each “wall”, being sure to cover the 1/2″ overlap with each consecutive piece of cardstock.
So you’ll use your glue stick on the 1/2″ crease to hold the walls together, and at the bottom of each wall to attach each wall to the base. Make sense? Great! Let’s move on.
Now for the roof, you’ll cut a piece of cardstock to 6″ x 12″ and just fold it in half to make the pitch. If you have double-sided cardstock, that’s even better, because you will see part of the underside once it’s attached to the bird house.
Cut 2 triangle pieces. Leave 1/2″ along the bottom of the triangle to attach to the house. The measurements for this piece should be 4″ wide, then the top corner is 3 1/2″ from the bottom edge.
Use your glue stick again to attach the triangles to the house. To add the roof, you may want to use a glue gun, like I did.
Once all the pieces are attached, you just dress it up! I added yellow ribbon under the window.
If you want to make a perch, just cut a small piece of cardstock, roll it up tight, and use hot glue to glue down the edge. Use another dollop of hot glue to attach one end of the perch to the house.
I also added little birds and lettering that says, “Home Tweet Home”.
I love my little bird house and the fun spring colors it adds to my mantle.
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(This post, DIY Cardstock Birdhouse, originally appeared on The Everyday Home.)
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