Wednesday, December 06, 2006

On the Sixth Day of Quilling - Birdhouse

On the Sixth Day of Quilling we made a Birdhouse. As I have mentioned earlier, I really like birdhouses and I love how you can use quilling to dress them up.

This project was especially fun. I have extended the scroll challenge and forced myself to look at them in new and unique ways... I hope you like the way I turned S-scrolls into a pair of love birds for this project.

For this Birdhouse, I started with creating the basic birdhouse shape by taking red paper and decorative scissors and did the following:
  • Cut a 1-/12 inch square for the base
  • Cut another 1-1/2 inch square and cut it in half at an angle to make a triangle for the roof
  • I then took a gel pen and made a dash-dot (-.-.-.) pattern around the outside edge. I did this so that it is easier to see the delineation between the roof and the base. This is a scrapbooking/cardmaking thing.
For the quilling, I used 1/8 inch (.3 cm) wide strips. The instructions for putting together the birdhouse are as follows:
1 Heart-T-Scroll

  • 1 - 4 inch (10.16 cm) heart scroll
  • 1 - 4 inch (10.16 cm) T-scroll
  • Place T-scroll inside heart-scroll to complete the shape. Glue to the roof.
  • 1 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) coil heart, place between roof and base
  • 1 - 2 inch (5.08 cm) heart scroll, place beneath the love birds
S-Scroll Birds (make 2)
I bet you didn't think that you could make birds from S-scrolls - it is very easy, here is how you do it...
  • 1 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) S-scrolls
  • 1 - 3 inch (7.62 cm) double scroll with no hook (attach it to the bottom part of the S-scroll, it looks like feathers)
  • 1 - .5 inch (1.27 cm) folded for beak, attach to the top part of the S-scroll
  • Look at the picture to see how the pieces fit to get bird shape
  • Place these love birds so that they are facing each other, perhaps they are singing a love song to eachother
This project is simple and easy to make, remember to always stop and break your project down into your quilling shapes.

What I really love about this is that it is an instant ornament for the tree. I find that I like to use birdhouses for new homes or weddings, so if you know someone who recently bought a home or got married this is a great "1st Christmas" ornament for the tree or scrapbook page.

Copyright Antonella DeFalco

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Anonymous said...

I love the love birds.

Anonymous said...

I might use these birds on a wedding card. I have printed out a heart shape and in the centre I have used the quote from one of your wedding cards even if it does say that love does not consist of gazing at each other etc. I have used pale pink paper with darker pink hearts scattered over the page. If this doesn't work I plan to use the scrolls around the outline of the heart.
Thank you for giving me inspiration to get back into quilling to make this card.


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