Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Christmas in July! Robin's Nest/Smoothfoam Product Challenge

Just when you finally got settled into Summer; here comes Christmas in July!  

My project is a Christmas themed birdhouse and a greeting card idea as a "bonus" project.

You will need:
Robin's Nest:  Christmas papers, flat backed beads (Links to Christmas papers at bottom of post)
Smoothfoam:  6" x 12" x 1" sheet, 2
Hot wire foam cutter  (Marvy)
Electronic cutting machine & cartridge with tree
Paper Punch:  scalloped circle; 1" circle
Adhesives:  Glue gun, Tacky Glue
Inkpad:  White
Wedge Sponge

1.  Gather supplies.

2.  Birdhouse:  Refer to the photos given and cut the point off of each upper corner from one Smoothfoam rectangle.  Measure and cut a roof from the second sheet of Smoothfoam.

3.  Lay the birdhouse onto the wrong side of the memory paper and trace around it with a pencil.  Cut out.  Adhere the paper to the matching Smoothfoam piece.  Repeat for the roof.

4.  Cut 1" x 12"  strips of contrasting paper and glue around all of the edges to conceal the Smoothfoam.  I used red glitter paper for the roof.

5.  Cut the door and bottom ledge using scraps of the Smoothfoam.  Refer to the photo below. Cut and glue the paper to the Smoothfoam.  Position and adhere the roof, door and bottom ledge to the house. (photo below)

6. Trees:  Cut out four trees, two slightly smaller than the other two.  Sponge the edges with the white ink.

7.  Die cut or punch out the scalloped circle.  Adhere a 1" circle of the green and red dot paper to the center of the scalloped circle. Arrange and glue flat side of beads to the circle in the shape of a star.

Use scraps of Smoothfoam to add dimension between the outer trees and the birdhouse.  Use another Smoothfoam scrap to adhere the scalloped circle to the birdhouse as shown. Further embellish with beads and words.

Cut out the packages from the memory paper.  Adhere to the front of the birdhouse.

Below is a little bonus project.  I created a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" greeting card with the paper and beads I had left.


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Below are the links to the papers I used.  To see all of the Christmas products, here is the link!


  1. What a wonderful home! Just love your project!

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    1. Thank you, Colleen! I had fun making it!

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It helps to have "wow" papers to work with! :-)

  4. fabulous colouring and great accents.. super project

  5. Lovely work! I love your idea, so original.

    1. Thank you, Daliuska! It is so nice to get positive feedback!

  6. I love your tutorial! This is a wonderful project! Great job Marilyn!

    1. Thank you so much! The papers are beautiful and I love using the beads to make embellishments.

  7. Marilyn this is so colorful and happy. This birdhouse can be on display all year long. Love the flower you made for the card at the end... totally bling-tastic :)

    1. Thank you, Susan! I enjoyed making the "bling" from the beads!

  8. Beautiful! I love all the dimension!

  9. Just love this! First thought was what a wonderful gift for a teacher or co-worker!

    1. Thank you! It would make a nice gift or even a lightweight piece of decor for the office. Being lightweight is one of the beauties of Smoothfoam!

  10. I am so loving your birdhouse! I love the tip about using the smoothfoam scraps to add dimension - - it is a terrific project! The card is also awesome!

    1. Thank you! As long as no one looks too close from either side, we are gravy. Lol.