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How to make the book on top of the bird money box

Hi everyone, this has been requested a few times, sorry it isn’t Kay giving the tutorial you will have to put up with me this time!

Firstly you want to measure your bird house top, mine is 6.9cm by 6.4cm. As I am lazy I always round it up if it is only a few mm out so I take it as 7 by 6.5. I want my book to overlap the edges so next I will cut 2 pieces of card to 7.5cm by 7cm. Then I take a piece of book page and cut it to 14 by 6.5, I will use this as a guide and cut out several book pages at once with long scissors. Don’t cut more than 5 or so pages at once or it becomes difficult to keep straight.

Next take 1 piece of book page and fold it in half. Apply your glue of choice over the top of the birdhouse and place the sheet of book page on it. This will become the decorative bottom part so if you are stamping or distressing on it then do so before sticking it down. Trim off any edges with scissors/sand paper once glue is dry and poke through the money opening and trim that too.


Choose /make your covering for the top cardboard pieces. Paper is easier than card at this point. For my examples I have used random scrap from my stash, it needs to be 16.5 cm by 8cm minimum. Draw a line 5mm from one edge and mark roughly in the middle a 5mm gap. Glue both pieces of cardboard to the line leaving the 5mm gap you marked previously.


Fold over all the edges and mitre the corner, then glue down. Fold in half to give a clean fold line. Cut 1 piece of book page in half and glue to the inside of the cover.


Take the remaining book page and fold in half together, with a crop-o-dile or pokey tool carefully make 2 holes in the centre of the remaining book pages. Poke through a piece of string and tie.


Put a line of Glue gel/silicone glue along the top of the house and place your bound book page on top evenly. Repeat for the top and you are done. I recommend leaving something heavy on top over night to make sure it sticks.


Thanks for visiting! Keep checking back later this month for a big surprise!

Clare H

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0 Comments on How to make the book on top of the bird money box

  1. Thanks for the tutorial..

    nice and simple..


    Last Door Studio | February 9, 2013 at 11:33 am () ()
  2. Brill job, nice and easy and looks great when done :o)

    Minxy | February 9, 2013 at 11:56 am () ()
  3. WOW fab project – great instructions

    Beatrice | February 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm () ()
  4. Fab tutorial Clare. Loved this idea when I saw it on the show. xx

    Linda W | February 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm () ()
  5. Hi Clare, brilliant tutorial, and love the book idea….it looked really well on t.v. Hugs. X

    Jo. Rice | February 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm () ()
  6. Hi Clare
    Thank you so much for this fantastic tutorial, it is much appreciated. I loved the money box on the show. Will there be a tutorial on the rest of the money box. I am so looking forward to completing the ones I have purchased.Many thanks for sharing.

    Pauline | February 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm () ()
    • Hi Pauline, which part would you like a tutorial on?

      Clare Horner | February 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm () ()