Cut the Roof Scrapbook Paper: Cut two 3 1/2″ x 5″ rectangles from the paper bag colored scrapbook paper for a medium-sized bottle gourd. If you are using a small nest egg gourd, cut two 1 1/2″ x 3″ rectangles. For my Bee House gourds I chose heavy-weight scrapbook paper, but you can also use paper mache chip board, the outer covers of school notebooks or paper pads, or even cereal boxes to create your roof.
Roof Center Line: Place your ruler along the center line of the roof paper.
Score the Center Roof Line: Using the dull-edge, back-side, of your bench knife blade, run the blade along the ruler to score the center line of the roof.
Fold the Roof: Gently lift the outer half of the roof scrapbook paper, along the side of the ruler, to fold the roof at the score line. Scoring the paper creates an accurate, sharp fold line.
Mark the Roof Line to the Gourd: Place one corner of your roof paper against the top stem-area of your gourd about 1/2″ below the stem to create the 90 degree angle for the roof. With a pencil mark the roof line onto the gourd. Move the scrapbook paper roof to the opposite side of the gourd top and mark the second side of the roof cut.
Connect the Pencil Roof Cut Lines: Using your pencil connect the two penciled guidelines for the roof.