Thursday, September 17, 2009

Little Singing Bird Tags Tutorial

Yes! It's that time again! Time to make something useful and fun out of your collected scraps! Introducing, the Little Singing Bird Tag tutorial! These are little mini cards that you can use on your gifts, give to your friends as a present, or put in your shop to sell.
First, you will need to cut some white cardstock into 2 inch by 2 inch folded cards. If you have cardstock scraps sitting around, use them up!
  1. Cut 4 inch by 2 inch strips of cardstock.
  2. Fold in half.
  3. Punch small hole in the top middle through both sides.
  4. Optional: Use fancy edging scissors to trim the bottom of one side of the card.
Next, raid your stash of fabric scraps. I've been saving these to stuff something with one day, but I always end up using proper polyester filling instead. I figure I might as well finally put this stash to some use!
Here are some scraps that I collected. Felt is good, fabric is good, and ribbon is good too. The only catch with ribbon is that it's thinner and the edges may fray while you're cutting it, but it's pretty!
Then cut out little bird shapes like the ones shown above. Size doesn't matter, and neither does perfection. A little variety is actually kind of cute.
Next, put a little dot of glue on the cut out shapes and stick them to the mini cards.
Trace the bird shapes with a thin black ink pen. Add a little beak in the front.
Then add some dot eyes, stick feet, and some music notes. Aren't they adorable?
Tie on a thin ribbon (I used gold). To do this,
  1. Fold a long strip of ribbon in half.
  2. Stick the folded end through the hole (back of card to front direction) so you have a loop.
  3. Stick the loose ribbon ends through the open loop.
  4. Pull it through the loop, and it will hold the ribbon to the card without tying a knot anywhere.
Ta da! Now you are all done! To make this ready for gift giving or selling in your shop, just pop them into an ACEO cellophane sleeve, and fold a piece of coordinating cardstock over the top. If it's for your shop, add a title and your store address. If it's a gift, tell them it's handmade by you!
Mine are off to my shop! Good bye little singing birdies! Now wasn't that fun?

Don't forget to post photos of your finished work on the Flickr page here.

If you need supplies, just email me! You can buy the pre-cut paper versions of the birds here.

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Sycamore Moon Studios said...

These are so darling! What a great idea!

Robbin said...

wow those are SUPER cute and look great packaged up. neat tutorial!

-Robbin said...

Thank you! I'm so glad you like them!

Nancy said...

What cute cards and a great idea to give directions on your blog!!

Nancy - Allstrungout1

Melly said...

They are so cute, I just saw your work on etsy, love it. You are so generous to provide a tutorial. Thankyou. said...

Aww, you're very welcome Melly! I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial and thank you for your compliments on my work.

Debby said...

Very nice! I made my own version.
Thanks for the inspiration!