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Pretty Painted Birdhouse

By: Michelle Oatman

Make a birdhouse that filled with whimsy and fun. Use cute images, paint and other embellishments to perk up a plain wooden birdhouse. This handmade piece to display in a garden on on a shelf. The light colors make it bright and sunny.

Pretty Painted Birdhouse
 

Materials:

  • Cutie Pie images - Pretty Posie", "Flowers For You", "Green House", "What a Sweetheart"
  • Wood bird house
  • Plaid Crackle Medium
  • Fiskars heart punches
  • Brown cardstock
  • Glue
  • Gingham ribbon
  • Lace ribbon
  • Pearls
  • Button tops
  • Embellishments

Instructions:

  1. The images that I used are - "Pretty Posie", "Flowers For You" the "Green House" and then even though she isn't part of the In the Garden release, I totally adore her, so I had to use "What a Sweetheart". I just wish the bird house had been larger so I could have added even more of them!
     
  2. I purchased a wood bird house from the craft store. I painted the first coat with a chocolate brown. Then I painted with Plaid Crackle Medium. You have to let it dry completely. Then I painted the top coat with a cream paint. All of my paints are acrylic. As it dries... the crackle magic happens. Love watching that!
     
  3. Then, for the roof I punched a whole lot of Fiskars heart punches out of coordinating brown cardstock and I sanded each one. Then lots of glue and you layer them to create the shingles on the roof. The ridge I added gingham ribbon, and then a row of pearls, it reminded me of those Victorian houses and their awesome time decorations across the tops. Around the edge, pretty woven lace ribbon, and button tops. A olive green matching lace ribbon around the bottom for a grass type of bottom.
     
  4. At that point... you just dig through all the stuff you have stashed over time. I found lots of little pieces that were just perfect for the garden theme - a little shovel, a flowers sign, tiny little plastic flowers, little sayings and quotes, a clock face, chipboard flourishes and lots of bling items. This is where I tend to go a bit overboard, the little embellishments, but I forced myself to stop. I don't think I did too much.
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