Gilded Birdcage Window Card

by Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Gilded Birdcage Window Card

Create this elegant gilded birdcage, window aperture card by working through Kyriakos' easy to follow step-by-step instructions. A stunning greeting card for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings, decorated with pearls, roses, ribbon and lace details.


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Cut 2 pieces of the chipboard size 13cm x 17cm.

In the decorative decoupage paper kit, you will find a wood pattern page. Cut a 12.5cm x 16.5cm piece to use later.

Use the Marianne Design Bird cage die and the heavy paper and cut 2 cages. Glue them together. Paint the bird cage with Inka gold.

Using a pencil, mark one side of the chipboard by positioning the cage on it. Then remove the marked chipboard, opening a window at the cage’s size.

Turn it back side now. At this point you can either glue one wood pattern cut (requiring 2 cut to use, instead of one), or just glue white heavy card. Turn to front and open again a window.

Paint with the pearl colour about the half bottom of the chipboard. Glue the paper, choosing it from the paper pad, at an angled position. Keep about 0.5mm of the excess paper, and cut the rest. Glue it to the back of the chipboard. Glue first the satin ribbon, then the crochet lace.

Cut a 12cm x 16cm piece of the tracing paper. Choose a small bird design from the decoupage paper kit and glue it on the tracing paper. Now glue the tracing paper, just at the one long side (to turn as a page) to the back side of the chipboard.

Pass the small beads though the silver wire (one 7cm and one 5cm long cuts) and secure them with a little glue. Curve them a little bit.

Paint 4 leaves with Inka Gold. Using a hot glue gun secure 3 of them to gold wire cuts and shape them accordingly. Cut some gold wire and create whirls. Now glue first the wires, then the pearl strings and finally the flowers. Cut a small satin ribbon and pass through the ring on the top of the cage, secure at the back.

For the back of the card, cover with the same design paper, and place the wooden pattern paper inside.

You can join the two parts of the card either using eyelets and ribbon, or binding with ribbon cuts.

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Products Mentioned

  • A4 Tracing Paper - 10 pcs
  • Atbelle A4 Smooth White Card - 10pcs White 240g
  • Baby's Breath Silk Flowers - Brown
  • Collall All Purpose Tacky Glue - 100ml
  • Darice Flower & Leaf Beads - Pale Blue
  • DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Acrylic Paint 59ml (2oz) - White Pearl DA117
  • Decorative Decoupage Paper Kit - Birds 8 x A4
  • Hobby & Crafting Fun Glass Rocailles Trio - Vintage Pink #3606
  • Hobby & Crafting Fun Silver Plated Copper Jewellery Wire - ⌀ 0.4mm x 15m #7001
  • Knorr Prandell 6mm Satin Ribbon Roll - 5m - Apricot #120
  • Knorr Prandell Gold Plated Craft & Jewellery Wire - ⌀ 1mm x 4m
  • Marianne Design Creatables Cutting Die - Bird Cage Tunis LR0147
  • Marianne Design Paper Roses Assortment - Beautiful Brown RB2211
  • May Arts 25mm Threading Crochet Lace - Cream
  • Stick It! Hot Melt Glue Gun - UK Plug STI 2000
  • Studio Light Paper Pad - 6x6 - #8
  • Viva Decor Inka Gold Gilding Polish 62.5g - 935 Gold Brown
  • We R Memory Keepers Cinch Book Boards 8½

Kyriakos Pachadiroglou

Hi! My name is Kyriakos and I live in Greece. I enjoy learning new techniques and mixing various materials in my projects. My favourite materials are metallic foils, charms and wires which you can see in the photos on my website.