Having done the tutorials, using rescued books to make birdhouses, I spent today using the remainder of the pages to make a paper bead bracelet and earring set. To make the beads I also made a beading tool,which made it alot easier for me as I love to make paper beads, but my wrists and fingers don’t! My beading tool allows me to work on these all day instead of a couple of hours. Cocktail sticks were too fiddly and caused cramp in my fingers. To buy a manufactured paper bead roller tool, I thought, was expensive and hard to find in the UK. So after alot of research I came up with my own that works brilliantly. The bracelet and earring set are just quick and easy tube beads, Very simple to make, and were just the right size, using the leftovers cut from the book birdhouses.so nothing was wasted. The wooden beads and silver charm are what I had in my stash from other recycled projects. Once the beads were made and varnished it didn’t take long to put together the bracelet and earrings. A nice project for a craft stall. And will be my next tutorial soon…………
As promised I have posted my first tutorial for these little paperback birdhouses.
It didn’t take as long as I thought it would to do the tutorial, and I have lots more. My next one will show how to make the birdhouses with less pages which makes it easier for people like me who have fragile wrists.
Now I have got the hang of the camera and my grand daughter Louise has agreed to be my model, the Internet is my oyster!!!
I wanted to add some props to my photo’s for my Etsy shop, something pretty, recycled and different. Eventually I found these pretty little birdhouses made from paperback books at redhenhome.blogspot.co.uk. Very easy to make, although I did make one change to the instructions to make it a little easier on my wrists!
For one nice fat bird house you will need approx 200 hundred pages. So if you look at the page numbers on your book, if it begins at page 1 you need to find page number 400. Press the book down to break the spine.
Tear off the rest of the book that you don’t need. (Keep this other bit as I will be showing you another way of doing these bird houses, using less pages in my next tutorial).
My change to the instructions:
Most people fold their pages right to the spine (or inside) of the book, I don’t. My wrists are quite fragile and when you get near to the end of your folding you will find the book begins to get very awkward to fold and to hold onto the pages you have already done. So I just fold each page to the edge of the text. As you will see in the following photo’s. This also gives a nice little flat platform at the top of the finished birdhouse for any added decorations you wish to make.
You have finished folding this page. Go to the next page of your book.
And so on until you come to the last page!
To finish your gorgeous little bird house, just glue the first and last page together. You can either use, PVA, glue stick or double sided tape. I didn’t find a glue gun worked very well.
Now you can decorate it with ribbons, lace, beads, paper flowers etc. Just glue them on. Or leave it as it is, as a pretty and unusual addition to a book shelf or cabinet.