When the snow is falling and it seems like spring is far away I like to make paper collages with a bird theme. It brings a little sunshine into a pale grey day. This collage project originally appeared on my blog in 2010. It is one of my favorite quick crafts: making small birdcage collages from scrap paper and paper punched or stamped birds.
Most scrapbook and card makers I know have a pile of small paper pieces left over from projects that are too pretty to toss. If this describes you then grab your stash because its time to put it into play!
Small paper scraps in springtime colors
Double sided tape and/or glue stick
A bottle or jar lid (to trace for the dome shaped top of the cage)
Cardstock in coordinating colors, cut into 5.5 x 8.5 pieces
Ink pen or sewing machine (optional)
Stamps of birds and ink or a bird-shaped paper punch
Colored pencils to add color to your birds
Hole punch and ribbon
Determine the size of your cage by measuring the bird stamp or cutout you plan to place in it. Add at least an inch on all sides. My cages measure 4 inches by 2.5 inches for the tall version and 2.5 inches by 2.75 inches for the short cage.
Pick out some scraps from your pile and cut a rectangle the size you need. Place a bottle or jar lid along the top edge and trace curve with a pencil. Cut out the curve to get a sweet dome shape for your cage. Add a narrow base strip for the bottom of the cage, trimming it with decorative scissors if you like.
Draw four or five lines with your ink pen from top to base and one across the cage near the top to form the bars. Alternately you could sew the lines on the cage once you've adhered it to your cardstock. Add a small strip of paper to form the bird 'swing'. Stamp a bird and color it to match your card. Cut out bird. If you are punching out your birds, color in the beak and add an eye. Adhere bird to cage above swing, using glue stick or tape.
Fold cardstock in half to form a card. Layer your cage over decorative papers on the cardstock. Adhere all pieces with tape or by sewing in place. Punch two holes through the card and add a ribbon to the top of the cage. Use and enjoy!