Milk Carton Die Birdhouse

The first time I saw the milk carton box as a birdhouse, I was given one by Amanda Coughlin at Leadership in January.  And until I got home, I didn’t realize that it *was* the milk carton Sizzix die (I’m not a good listener, because I’m sure she told me).

So, no less than a month later, I had a good customer insist that she wanted her (20 person workshop, yikes) to do a 3D birdhouse she saw on the internet.  But I thought–I *had* seen that somewhere… hmm… closer to home, LOL!  (…quickly check the bottom of my luggage for crushed birdhouse, ooops!)

Well, the Amanda’s house was WAY more detailed and I can’t find it on her blog but she even had used the scalloped punch to make a red-shingled roof.  I, on the other hand, was a bit daunted by the number of people I would have to coach through this project in the span of a workshop time, so I made it as easy as possible.

So, if you notice there is absolutely no stamping (oooh nooo!), but dies and punches.  The color combination and design of this was inspired by Sahara Sand box and Bordering Blue roof that I saw on the web (I looked this morning and found hundreds but not the site I saw it on). I am sorry about that because mine is almost identical to hers and would like to give her credit (and I know 25 people are going to leave feedback with links to their site, but if it isn’t the same colors, it isn’t the one).

This was totally easy with the box being pre-cut and scored and I included the measurements of the supplies I used.  Enjoy!

5 ½ x 8 ½ Sahara Sand Cardstock
2 ½ x 5 ½ Bordering Blue Cardstock (roof)
3×3 Brocade Blue c/s (to punch bird)
2 ¼ x 2 ¼ So Saffron c/s (for butterflies)
Two 2 ¼ x 2 ¼ Certainly Celery c/s (for leaves)
2×2 Black cardstock (for the bird hole)
Scallop Trim Border Punch #118402
Bordering Blue ink & sponge dauber for the bird
Stampin’ Up! ‘Beautiful Wings’ exclusive Embosslit Die (#118138)
1 3/8 inch circle punch (#104401)
½ inch Small Library Clip (from ‘Clips Asstm’t #112580)
Natural hemp, Sticky Strip®, Dimentionals, Glue Dots
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut machine & Bigz L Die ‘Milk Carton’ (#117310)
Stampin’ Up! ‘Sizzlit’ die ‘Little Leaves’ (#114511)
Sizzix Multipurpose Platform *
Two standard cutting dies*
*comes bundled in the Sizzix Big Shot purchase


  1. Too cute!
    20 person workshop! Holy Moly in my dreams, that must have been fun!


    Amy Reply:

    Well, of course 20 didn’t show, but I was totally ready, LOL!


  2. Yours is the cutest birdhouse made from these materials, even sans stamping, LOL! Was it the pressure? You work well under pressure? 😉 Thanks for posting this. Again, you are the go-to gal!


  3. stampin’ sister–
    Your listening skills…questionable
    Your stampin’ skills…excellent
    Your friendship … PRICELESS!


  4. Margaret Peltier says:

    What an adorable project – thanks so much for sharing!


  5. I am giving you a Beautiful Blogger award. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work with everyone. Come visit my blog to pick up your award.
    Happy Stampin’!
    Monika Davis


  6. I always do one project that doesn’t include stamping at every event that I do, to show that you can do projects and not necessarily *have* to stamp (for my non stampers). That is the perfect way to show them how easy it would be to use that particular project as favors for a shower or party and it won’t take them forever to make them 🙂


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