Of course it is snowing today in Dublin, perfect timing for my rather springy cardboard bird houses. They are not real bird houses, meaning they can’t be left outside unless you have a thing for melted down houses. I designed them as a mantel piece decoration as I got seriously bored with my newspaper houses (they’ve have been here since Christmas).
These lovelies are made with light card board and are around 12 cm (5”) high. You can pick plain cardboard to decorate yourself or go for some patterned paper. To make one house you will need one A4 sheet. Time to pop bird houses all around the house!
To make your own cardboard bird house you will need:
- Light cardboard (one A4 sheet make one house)
- Free template provided here
- Paper knife
- Paper creaser
- Paper glue
- For decoration: paint and varnish
1 – Cut out the template
Print the template on light cardboard. There are two pieces – roof and walls: cut along the solid lines. Remove the dark circle using a paper knife. Mark a crease along all the dotted lines and fold inward (the folding lines are meant to be inside the house and shouldn’t show on the house outside).
2 – Build the house
Add glue to the A tape and stick to the B edge. Glue all C tabs to the roof. Leave the glue to dry.
3 – Decorate – or not
If you went for plain paper you can now decorate your bird houses. I used some paint and added white spots. Once the paint was dry, I finished it with some satin varnish.