http://www.lalalaurie.com. I couldn't find any instructions on her blog so I made up my own dimensions.
Base Piece: 3 1/2" x 12". It definitely helps to start off with a thick piece of designer paper that has a pattern on both sides. The beautiful paper I used came from DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Boy pack. Unfortunately, it was white on the back so I had to cut a second piece of dp (the blue/white striped paper) to cover the inside.
Strips for the cage: 1/4' x 7". I cut 12 strips total. Once you cut all your strips, pierce one end of each strip about 1/2" down from the top to make a little hole for a brad (or in my case nail....keep reading). You also want to use a thicker weight dp with a pattern on both sides for the strips. If you try to glue two thick dp's together to make your strips, it becomes too thick to slide a brad through at the top of the strips. Yeah, I learned that the hard way! So instead of a brad, I had to use a nail to go through all my layers. I just added glue to each strip as I inserted the nail through so it would all stick together.
You will want to glue the bottom of your strips to the inside of your base piece about 1/2" down from the top. I used 12 strips and spaced them a little less than 1 inch apart. Don't forget you will have to overlap your base piece to glue it into a cylinder so don't glue your strips too close to the left and right edges. Then cover the strips with your second designer paper base (if you're using one).
Once that is dry, glue the ends of the base together to form your cylinder and let dry. Now, you want to take a brad and insert it through the holes of each strip to form the cage. To layer my strips I started on one side and then grabbed the strip directly across from the one I started with to go underneath. Then I grabbed the strip to the left and then the one directly across from that one. I hope that makes sense. Once you secure the brad through all the layers, squish down the strips from the top so it pushes them outwards a little.
Here's the back view:
Here's another view with the drawer open:
Thanks for joining me this month for our Spellbinders Tribute to my CropStop team member Gloria who made their Design Team. We hope you join our challenge at CropStop this week and remember, if you use a Spellbinder product be sure to mention it in your post so you can be eligible for CropStop's second drawing!
Sending hugs your way!