I was so excited to see THIS post by May Arts Ribbon, announcing a Design Team Call!!! I have an unnatural love of all things ribbon… and May Arts has some of the most beautiful ribbons around!! They are looking for both video bloggers, and tutorial bloggers… Well, I’m not a video girl… (although, we did just get a new video camera, we’ll see what happens!!) So I sent a proposal to them to create a spring themed birdhouse… They sent me the ribbons I requested… I sent in my submission project tutorial today… Here’s my submission… The task was to create a project and tutorial with the theme “Spring Flowers” and use May Arts ribbons in some way… Wish me luck!! I’d be thrilled to even be a finalist!!
Project for the May Arts Design Team Call
“Spring Flowers” Challenge
By Julie Kelley
Spring Flowers Birdhouse
Create this Spring Flowers Birdhouse using just 2 pieces of patterned paper and your favorite May Arts ribbons!
1 decorative wooden birdhouse (I spray painted it white)
May Arts Ribbon
Creative Memories patterned paper and paper flower
4 small green buttons
Quick dry liquid glue
Decorative edge punch
I took an unfinished wooden birdhouse, and simply used spray paint to paint it white. Birdhouses are available very inexpensively at most craft stores, and come in many different styles and sizes.
Once the birdhouse was dry, I got to work making some ribbon “flowers.” I cut the Elastic Plaid/Ruffle ribbon into 3.5” pieces, added a line of quick drying liquid glue along the bottom and then carefully rolled the ribbon into a rosette shape.
Next, cut a 5” piece of the Organic Cotton/Stripe ribbon in half, giving you 2 pieces with one green stripe each. Fold each piece into a leaf shape and glue. You’ll need 4 of these leaf sets.
Trim 8 pieces of 1.5×8” patterned paper (or however many you need for the shape of your birdhouse roof) and apply a decorative edge. Attach to the roof of the birdhouse using your favorite adhesive.
Trim green Sheer Looped Trim to fit along the 4 corners of the birdhouse, and apply with quick drying wet glue. I also traced the triangle on the front and back of the birdhouse, and added patterned paper there.
Add the rosettes and leaves to the posts of the birdhouse and enjoy a touch of spring, no matter what the weather outside is doing!
Here’s a close-up view of the posts with the rosettes and leaves.