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DIY – Birdhouse

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Here is a DIY project with recycled material!
Last month, we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As kids start to enjoy crafting at this age, each kid received a birdhouse to decorate and bring home as a gift.
I’ve always enjoyed decorating children’s rooms with birdhouses; if you have a closer look at my projects, you will often see a small birdhouse somewhere. It gives the wall more life and volume.  Also, I find them much more joyful than birdcages, which always sadden me a little.

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The birdhouses are super easy to do; all you need is:
- cardboard boxes (not too thick)
– some nice paper sheets (you can use Japanese origami paper or any paper not to thick that you like and want to recycle; sometimes I simply print patterns on my laser printer on a 80gr paper)
– some white glue and pencils
– scissors, a cutter, a ruler, set square, strong glue
– ideally a circular cutter for the house door, or a compass + cutter if you don’t have one

STEP 1, traces
Here is the pattern to draw on your cardboard

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>> Tips:
– Once you have drawn and cut the first house, just use the outline of the pattern to cut the other houses , it will save you a lot of time
– This version is without bottom, but if you add one, you can use the cage as a goody bag.

STEP 2, cutting:
-  Cut the outline of the base and the roof,
- And  then cut the circular opening with your circular compass .

STEP 3, folding and assembly

- To have a clean folding, run the box cutter on the folding lines (green lines in the figure) . Be careful not to cut through the cardboard, just cut the upper layer.
- Assemble the house, roof and base with the glue .

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STEP 4, decoration:
This is where your little ones get involved !
- Apply white glue on the surface you are decorating, stick the piece of decorative paper and apply more glue on top to both fix and polish it.
- Repeat this step to cover the whole house with different decorative papers
- Apply a final layer of glue to secure the assembly.

>> Tips:
- I noticed that it was easier for children to have small pieces of pre-cut decorative papers.
- You can of course change the dimensions and proportions of the cabin, but always make sure the roof is 1 to 2 cm wider than the walls of the birdhouse for a nicer effect.
- To hang it on the wall,  do a small hole on the back to insert a screw or simply use double-faced adhesive tape/velcro.

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STEP 5, the perch
- Make a hole (size of a straw) under the opening with a sharp knife or cutter
- Cut a piece of straw and insert it in the hole.
Have fun!

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In love with…

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1. Note books – from HK$80 - über tunique
2&3 . Ecological paint (100ml) – HK$80 , Ref Dragibus color - 513 paint shop
4. Neon sign sold per letter – HK$398 per letter (+ HK$650 for the 12letters transformer / HK$320 for the 3 letters transformer) – Mr Blacksmith
5. Wrapping paper 57x44cm – HK$20 über tunique
6. Red pendant light (available in green color too) – HK$720 - Homeless
7. Black rubber bucket for storage, painting… – HK$8 !!! - local paint shop on Lee Chung street, Chai Wan

 


Lucky 5 collection


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We are beyond excited to be unveiling today the Lucky 5 collection.  It has been a lot of fun playing with the khamsa, the traditional North African lucky charm, mixing up conservative patterns with bold graphics on a palette of mineral colors.

The collection comes on wall stickers, posters but also on mugs!
It’s an ideal housewarming gift to indulge for yourself and for others without moderation!
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Shop here the collection


DIY – Lai see

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The Lunar New Year being just around the corner, I have prepared for you a set of 5 “lai-see” (red envelops in English) that you can easily make yourself.
It’s also a great activity to share with kids, that will keep them busy for hours!

You simply need to download and print this pdf file and follow the instructions below:

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I hope you will enjoy this little gift and have a good time with your loved ones.

Tips:
- you will have a better result with a 120gr paper (available at any stationnary shop)
- print without scale (at 100%) otherwise your envelop will be to small for the bills.

Important notes:
This template is free for personal use only, not for commercial use. You can print as many as you like for yourself or as a gift to someone, but you are not allowed to sell this artwork in digital or print form, nor to distribute it in its original or in an altered form.

If you’d like to share some images of this DIY, on Pinterest, social media, in a blog post…  Please feel free to use some images, but please credit and link back to this page. Please do not distribute it from your website and please do not link directly to the file- instead, please link back to this page.
Thank you very much!