Pretty Bird DIY Birdhouses
By: Claire Armstrong from pillarboxblue.com
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"These birdhouses look great and they cost very little to make. You don’t need much fabric and you can personalize them by making them with an old patterned dress or shirt. Great fun project for beginners and suitable for children. When your birdhouse is finished, all you need is a little fabric bird to clip to it. You can also decorate your house further by adding a pom-pom trim. I have made them in variety of sizes, they look great together."
Project TypeMake a Project
Time to CompleteIn an evening
Stiff cardboard (I use old amazon packaging)
- Variety of fabric scraps
- Embroidery thread or crewel wool and needle
- Scissors and Glue
- Twig for Perch
- Thin wadding
How to Make Fabric Birdhouses
Cut out the cardboard into 7 pieces according to the template. You can download this here http://www.pillarboxblue.com/homemade-fabric-birdhouses/
Using the above template cut wadding, for the front, back, and sides of the Birdhouse only. With glue stick this wadding to the appropriate bits of card.
Using a shot glass or large coin, draw a circle on the front of the birdhouse. Cut out this circle to make the entrance. Directly below this circular entrance pierce the wadding and cardboard to make way for a perch.
Cut out a fabric piece for each of your 7 pieces of cardboard. Use the template as your guide but allow at least a 1cm boarder for each piece of fabric. You will need 2 bits of fabric for the roof as the underside will be visible. I tend to use 3 different fabric patterns for my birdhouses, one for the front and back, one for the sides and one for the roof.
Glue these fabric pieces to the appropriate pieces of card, by wrapping round the card and gluing the overlap on the back of the card. You can either tuck your corners in or cut them. Glue the top fabric of the roof before gluing the underside piece and tuck the underside under and glue round the edge rather then wrapping round the card. You may need to pin your fabric as it dries.
With the front of the birdhouse, cut the fabric so that it can be tucked into the circular entrance. Blanket stitch round this hole. Pierce the fabric where you made a hole for the perch and stick your twig in it.
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