Summer Crafting with Kids

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's post. Summer vacation is almost over here and kids are ready to go back to school. This summer, we built some special memories crafting together. One such day was when we built and decorated our own little birdhouses from chipboard using this fun 3D Birdhouse Sizzix XL Scoreboards die by Eileen Hull. No nails, no hammer, no saw needed!

Sizzix Die Cutting Tutorial | Summer Crafting With Kids by Mou Saha

I cut out the birdhouses from chipboard using my new Big Shot machine. And then the fun began!

TIP: Decorate the individual die cut pieces before assembling the birdhouse.



Next, we chose some Textured Impressions and Texture Fades folders to emboss designs onto our chipboard birdhouse diecuts.


Be sure to position your die cut chipboard pieces inside the embossing folder carefully so you get only the design sections you want. Once all the pieces are embossed, I applied a light coat of Collage Pauge on the outside surface of the body and roof of each birdhouse to seal the chipboard. Once dry, the pieces were ready to be painted on.



After we finished painting the die cut pieces, we inked and sanded the roof pieces gently. We also drew hearts and added some diecuts to embellish our birdhouses. I sealed the pieces with another coat of Collage Pauge.


Finally, we assembled the pieces with Ranger Wondertape to finish our birdhouses.

You can die cut and decorate these birdhouses any day any way to suit any theme. Have to say, the project sure was a boredom buster for the kids and I had so much fun playing with them!



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7 thoughts on “Summer Crafting with Kids”

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  • Mickie

    Such cute little bird houses, I know my birds would love them!

  • Jacquelene L

    Great project idea with the kids, especially for times when they are saying "I'm bored, there is nothing to do......". The embossing adds beautiful dimension to these bird houses, great that the kids could choose the ones they each liked. Painting the embossing, love the look of that, kids love to paint, and so do I. This is a great project idea for me to do with my grandkids
    Thank you for sharing this project, and for the inspiration.
    Jacquelene L

  • EileenHull

    These are adorable Mou! Love that you did them with your kids- (also adorable) They look like they had fun which is what crafting is all about. Thanks for using ScoreBoards!

  • Janet Nelson

    I love the bird houses and pinned to my board. Thank you so much for sharing. Looks like the children had a blast making these. Maybe there is hope for me, too!

  • Debbie Kaste

    The birdhouses are so cute, Mou! Looks like your kids had a great time making them too. I could see this die used for a bunch of different occasions. Thanks for sharing!

  • maria elena

    Mou, me encanta conocerte y a tus hijos tambien por este medio. Ver tus trabajos bellos, esas casitas quedaron excelentes mas con el toque personal de tus hijos. Te felicito por tus logros y por pertenecer a ese grupo selecto de Sizzix. A mi me gusta lo Country menos la musica y los mercados de pulgas tambien, aunque en mi Pais no hay muchos como en E.U.y muy buenos por cierto. Te felicito y sigue adelante te deseo un hermosos dia viernes

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