Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Ciao Bella Time for Home Tea Party in a Box Reneabouquets Beautiful Board by Kathy Clement Pho

Throwback Thursday: Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  For this week’s Throwback Thursday episode, I have a Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial for you.  Oh, how I love winter blues!  Ciao Bella captured them perfectly in their Time for Home collection.  I had such a wonderful time designing this week’s Throwback Thursday that I might have to bring this collection back for an encore performance!

Blue Jays were a common sight at our winter feeder when I was growing up in Vermont.  Most other birds fled our harsh northern winters, but the blue jays and chickadees bravely soldiered through all the icy blasts of winter with us.  To see a jay at the feeder on a day when it was so cold that your breath froze in the air lifted the heart.  Brilliant flashes of blue feathers against the sparkling snow broke up the monotony of our monochromatic world.  It was as though the sky came to perch on your doorstep.  What a treat!  The images in this botanical collection carry my memories right back to the hill country where I grew up.

Throwback Thursday Techniques and Details

Silver, blue and white are the perfect color palette for the wintry world we created in this Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box.  Carry the theme throughout your creation with ribbon, embellishments, die cuts and matting layers to make a strong color statement.

Learn how I heat emboss my Reneabouquets Beautiful Board to create this perfectly frosty finish.

Don’t be afraid to layer chipboard elements over die cut elements.  This layering creates a wonderful sense of depth and dimension.

A Peek Inside

You’ll learn how to build this box pocket and flap page in the video tutorial.  I promise you, it’s much easier to do than you think it is!

The flap page has a secret gift card pocket hidden behind it.  I decided to build the flap page when I could not bring myself to cut up this gorgeous image.

Load the box pocket up with special treats for a winter birthday, or for a Christmas gift.  I’ve tucked in a bookmark, note card, cookies, chocolate, tea bag, honey stick, mini honey dipper and one of my treasured vintage silver plate spoons.

Use the empty box pocket to store winter recipes or photos once the treats have been consumed.  The card is so pretty, you’ll want to keep it out to decorate your home long after the treats are gone!

Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’re ready to learn how to make this lovely gift, please enjoy the video tutorial below.  Have a pencil and paper handy so you can write down the measurements!


I’ve listed this lovely creation in my Etsy shop in case you don’t have time right now to make one yourself.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!




**Please Note: Throwback Thursday tutorials are made with favorite retired collections and supplies.  For this reason, not all materials used will still be readily available online.  I’ll link whenever possible, but if an item is not listed, it’s because I could not find it.  Thanks for understanding!

6 thoughts on “Winter Songbirds Tea Party in a Box Tutorial

  1. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, this card is breathtaking! Next to Fall , Winter is my favorite season. The colors in this collection are so beautiful and the Blue Jay images are just lovely. I love the tea time bench image! Wouldn’t that be nice to have hot delicious tea on a cold day? The way you did the flap page is fantastic! I never thought to do that but have agonized over cutting away images I wanted to keep. Now I’ll know what to do! Thank you for sharing! Hugs!

  2. Rosemary D Schroader

    What a beautiful card, Kathy! Inspirational! Aside from that, I had a thought as i was reading your memories…You need to write a book! Your memories remind me of the old movie “Christmas in Connecticut.” Of course, her’s were made up, but your’s are real! What wonderful gifts you have!

  3. soozyb2013

    WOW, love this one Kathy. The papers are amazing and the Bluebirds are too cute. The colour palate is perfect for the chilly winter mornings. Great project stuffed with goodies and anyone getting this will be amazed at what they have opened. 🙂 Happy Thursday!!!

  4. Susan Steele

    Oh my goodness …just luv this Tea Party in a Box …the paper collection is awesome! Blue enamelware is one of my favorites, sure don’t know how I ever missed this paper collection. Your special card is just beautifully created Kathy! Luv every single detail and paired with Renebouquets embellishments …its a real beauty! Gotta see if I can still catch these papers! Thanks for sharing this Throwback Thursday and gotta watch this tutorial. I know you’ll make it look so easy …hugs, Suzy Q

  5. Renea Harrison

    I love this!! All those natural elements with the frosty blues and the tea party theme is sheer perfection. So wonderful for the Winter season that I love so much!!

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