I used Marvy's Super Hot Wire Foam cutter to create this bird that proudly displays cash and gives you a chance to give those cash gifts a little more creatively that your standard money holder card. Read on for directions on how I made this little cutie and how you can win a Paper Trimming Buddy from Marvy Uchida!
I used the Super Hotwire Foamcutter cutting tool to cut 1" thick Styrofoam into a bird shape. If you would like the bird template, leave me a comment and I will email it to you. Leaving a comment also enters you a chance to win the prize.
I got the idea after I remembered conducting a Make it Take it project for Marvy Uchida at a CHA Show a few years ago. We made sweet candy shakers for Valentines Day.
We filled them with pink and red jelly beans and added a poem about "love seeds." Everyone seemed to love making them. For complete instructions on these, ciick here.
I started the bird project by creating a bird template from heavy cardstock. When cutting with this tool, i like to use template to guide the wire since it doesn't cut into paper or cardstock, only foam based products. I used a Clever Lever Circle punch to create a circle in the middle of the bird.
So we will not have any exposed white foam showing through the sides, color your bird completely using Marvy's DecoColorin Black. You will also want to color a two 2" teardrop shapes and two 1/2" teardrop shapes (like woodsies) with white DecoColor. This will be the wings and the beaks. Additionally, color a standard sized wood skewer so your bird will have a handle.
Cut out a piece of transparency that will cover the circle on the bird. Apply glue to the edges and place over the open circle on the "front" of the bird. This will hold the money in place.
Punch a scalloped edged circle using Marvy's Clever Lever Mega punch from black glittered cardstock. Punch one circle from a scrap of cardstock using the Clever Lever Super Jumbo Circle punch and trace in center of scalloped edged circle. Glue this to the front of the bird.
Use stamps and ink or rub ons, stickers, etc for grad year on front wing. For the back of the bird, trace a circle slightly larger than the opening on the bird. Instead of gluing this circle on, apply with glue dots so the grad will be able to remove the money without destroying the bird.
Other than money for a grad, what other occasion would you use this project for and what would you put in the bird? Leave me a comment by Tuesday, May 31st, 12 AM CST and I will choose a winner at random to win a Marvy Uchida Paper Trimming Buddy (US residents only please). The PAPER Trimming BUDDY comes with 1 straight blade and the Paper Trimming Buddy unit. All blades are sold separately. It can easily cut 15 sheets of 80 lb text.
Live Life Creatively,