Hello one and all!
Since painting a wooden coffin for Halloween, I’ve wanted to find a new project in a similar vein. So when I saw some small birdhouses in craft store, I knew this was what I wanted to do next.
I didn’t go in with a plan, I just laid out everything I had to work with.
As you can see, nothing here is high-end at all, but that wasn’t going to stop me from having a little fun!
First step was painting. I probably should have sanded the wood first, but quite frankly I didn’t want to. I’m obviously a pro at this. 😀
I went with a winter theme using teal, white, and blue paints. After my prior experience with oils, I chose to stick with acrylic for this project. Once I had the base done, I wanted to add a bit more… sparkle.
I used some cheap silver glitter glue all around the bottom, and sprinkled pink beads on top to add a little cheerfulness and suggest the beginning of spring. I’m quite happy with this birdhouse.
Given that it’s February, I also wanted to do something for Valentine’s day. I painted the other heart birdhouse in red and pink, but I felt I could do something different. I added red glitter glue to the red paint, and repainted the roof. Initially I thought the experiment was a failure, until I took some sandpaper to it.
My experimentation with the beads did not work as well on this. The hot glue gun was a bit too cheap I think, as it did not heat the glue quite enough for what I needed. It applied too thickly and cooled too quickly, resulting in a sad-looking line of lumps. As a result, I ended up applying gold glitter glue on top and around the other sides as a base for the clear beads.
I can’t say I am too thrilled with this one. I think I should have gone for a white and red paint job instead, and of course done something better with the bottom border. The one thing about this birdhouse I was quite pleased with is the glittery roof. Especially after the initial disappointment, I was quite happy to see it worked exactly as I imagined it would.
I still have one birdhouse left, but I’m not sure what I want to do with it. I’d like to experiment with the clay I have, and make flowers or something to attach. If I do revisit this project, I’ll be sure to let you know!
As always, much love, and happy crafting!