This post is coming to you from London England where Mariah and I are beginning our first day of photography on a new book due out in February. We will have a busy busy week but hope to pop in and share some of our journey along the way and give you maybe an insider’s behind the scenes look at developing, writing and producing a diy how to book.
Today’s DIY how to Mixed Media Monday video is all about dimension and “small”.
I love to create dimension in my work and took the Explore Beyond theme to heart to create this 3-dimensional 360 degree birdhouse charm. Birds and birdhouses are among my favorite things to create. It reminds me of Grandma and her love of birds – she had figurines everywhere! Now, when I wear this pendant, I think of her and she’s still a part of me.
Project Dimensions: approximately 1”
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
MD1-003 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Rectangles One
MD2-003 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Houses One
Decorative papers (one pattern for house, one pattern for roof and base)
Head pin or eye pin
Embellishments/charms as desired
Chain or ribbon
Aleene’s Tacky Spray
Double Stick tape
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
1/8” hand held round hole punch
Round nose pliers
Adhere decorative paper to cereal boxes with tacky spray adhesive
Cut 1 rectangle using the #2 die (with #1 being the smallest) from “house” paper and one from roof paper with the Artisan X-plorer™ machine.
Cut two house shapes using the house small #1. Punch a hole in one house using 1/8” punch.
Trim approximately 1/8” off the top of the body rectangle shape.
Using the diagram, score at 1/8”, ½”, 1 ¼” and 1 5/8”
Center house shape over center tape area.
Adhere side tabs to remaining house shape.
Using the base shape as a guide, trace outline onto a roof rectangle. Cut out with scissors leaving approximately a 1/8” edge. Poke a hole in center and insert headpin.
Glue base to birdhouse with tacky glue
Make a hole with a needle tool in the center of roof rectangle shape.
Bend in half to form a “V”.
Apply glue to roof angle on house and set on roof, threading headpin up through the hole.
Allow glue to dry.
Create a loop in the headpin with round nose pliers. Trim excess with wire cutters.
Embellish house as desired with charms or other findings of interest.
Attach to chain or ribbon using a jump ring.
Attach birdhouse pendant to chain/ribbon using jump rings.
Designer Tip: This is a fun way to use up left over paper scraps. Or try using aluminum, texturizing it with a texture plate for a silver looking charm.
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