This bird house was literally made from a shipping box and various stuff from my craft stash! Ohhhhh, you would not believe the crafting disaster I had making this little guy, though! It is the most hilarious story. Please read on, and you will hear one of my typical crazy mornings. I honestly LOVE this bird house, and that it is just made from odds and ends that I had. I will have links to where you can find some of the things that I used at the end of my blog post, as always though! I don’t know what I was thinking, I am pretty sure I just “got in the groove” of crafting, but I didn’t take as many step by step photos on what I did on this project as I went along. But, I will talk you through it in my walk through below, and as always, if you have ANY questions, please feel free to email me! Stay safe, healthy, and HAPPY!!! *hugs*
As always, I started by covering my lap crafting table with some brown postal paper. Then I gathered what I thought I would be using for this project. At first, I thought I was going to make a regular house, but it turned out looking more like a bird house, so I changed directions! You should always just go with the flow, and make what makes your heart happy!!! I got a box that was shipped to me the day before, some tiny flowers, floral moss, some white acrylic paint, a cheap throw away baking pan that you buy from the grocery store, twine, small Popsicle sticks, wood stain, some scrapbook paper that I had that looked like weathered wood, black paint, a small dowel rod, and you’ll also need various other supplies such as E6000, a hot glue gun, scissors, paint brushes, modpodge, ruler and other stuff I am probably leaving out right here that I will mention later on!
I started off by drawing out the shape of the house that I wanted on the box on both sides where they matched. I used a ruler to make sure that everything I cut ended up even. If you don’t mind, just eyeball it! 🙂 I also made sure I had a long piece of cardboard that was about 4 inches wide and long enough to go over the top and around my house for the roof. Then I attached the roof to the top with hot glue. I painted all of it white, so that nothing underneath shows. If you don’t have any scrapbook paper, this is where you can paint it the color that you would like it to be. I then cut my paper to the size of the birdhouse on the front, back and both sides. I modpodged it all around. I took one of my paints that was round, I liked the size and I traced around it to make the circle where the black hole will be on the bird house. Then I filled it in with black paint. After that, I cut my dowel rod down to the size I liked it and attached it below the black hole with E6000 and some hot glue where the perch should be. I used my Waverly Antique wax to stain my Popsicle sticks. I then cut out the edges of my “throw away” silver baking pan to fit the edges of my roof to make it look like a gutter. I glued it down with E6000. After the Popsicle sticks dried, I laid them down on the first side of the roof, on the bottom part all the way across with E6000 and hot glue. The top half, I cut off the very top part where it was rounded, so it would be flat at the top of the roof, then glued it down. I did the same on the other side.
This is where I decided that I wanted the fence on the front lawn to be darker than the roof, and everything went all wrong! 🙂 As I sat there, getting prepared to stain the rest of the Popsicle sticks a second time to make them darker, I first cut off the tops into a triangle, and the bottoms to be straight. I also cut several with two straight ends to support the fence posts. Then as I grabbed the wood stain, I started to shake it (as you are supposed to) and I was shaking it well. All of a sudden, the top flies off as I’m on the upswing! This was a 16 fl oz bottle, and almost the whole bottle flew out!!! It was in my hair, all over my clothes, my face, my body, and my lap which had my favorite blanket on it looked like a pool of mud. I just started laughing. I could not believe I had just stained myself! When I finally got up with the blanket, and took it to the bathroom sink it took me SO long to just get the full blown stain washed down the sink. Then I took my blanket and threw it in the wash (knowing it was useless) with bleach and a ton of detergent. I then focused on myself. Oh my goodness!!! I am one of those people who usually gets so little sun, that I practically glow in the dark. SO now here I sit and I am brown head to toe. I used all the hot water, and it took several tries to get it all off. I’m not positive my hair is the same. Hahaha!
Okay, SO… I digress, next (later that night) I stained my fence post sticks again. After this, I laid them down, and glued the support sticks across them the way that I liked them. One on top, and one on bottom. I did this on the left side, and on the right side. Then, because I wanted it to wrap around, I also made a mini fence for both sides with just 2 posts. I stuffed the bottom with floral foam to take up some room. Then I covered it with floral moss by just coating it with hot glue and letting it stick, then looking at it and seeing where else it needed to go. This part is MESSY! You might want to do it over an empty grocery bag so you can throw the mess away easier. Then I cut the flower stems off at the base and put each one in one by one the way that I liked it by first putting hot glue on the bottom. (I used a darker purple flower than I showed at the top) I then took some hot glue, and about an inch at a time I went around my black hole with it. Then I just took some left over and tied a tiny bow and hot glued it to the perch. The final thing that I did was take a Welcome sign that I got from Walmart, and hot glued it to the front!
- Twine – I got mine at Dollar Tree for $1.00, but you can find it on Amazon – $4.78 https://www.amazon.com/HowenDay-Jute-Twine/dp/B07F3FT7CR/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=twine&qid=1589370274&sr=8-8
- Floral Moss – I got mine at Dollar Tree for $1.00, but you can find it on Amazon – $4.97 https://www.amazon.com/Mosser-Lee-ML0460-Natural-Green/dp/B0001LE2C0/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Floral+moss&qid=1589370317&sr=8-2
- Flowers – Michael’s – $3.99 per bunch (you will need 2) https://www.michaels.com/cream-fuji-blossom-flower-branch-stem-by-ashland/10614550.html
- Popsicle sticks – Amazon – I got mine at Dollar Tree for $1.00, but you can find it on Amazon for $6.99 https://www.amazon.com/Artlicious-Wooden-Popsicle-Sticks-Standard/dp/B07KCTZQDS/ref=sr_1_8?crid=16DSPKR3HALF4&dchild=1&keywords=popsicle+sticks&qid=1589370411&sprefix=popsi%2Caps%2C180&sr=8-8
- Floral Foam – Michael’s – $3.99 https://www.michaels.com/floracraft-corporation-foam-floral-blocks-green/10050091.html
- Dowel rod (3/16″) – Walmart – $1.48 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Horizon-Group-USA-3-16-Round-Dowels-16-Piece/19525317
- Welcome Sign – I got mine at Walmart, but I couldn’t find it online, so I found this at Hobby Lobby – $2.99 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Scrapbook-Paper-Crafts/Mixed-Media/Chipboard/Welcome-Chipboard-Shape/p/76014
- White Acrylic Paint – Walmart – $.50 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-Barrel-2-Fl-Oz-Snow-White-Matte-Acrylic-Paint/36502455
- Black Acrylic Paint – Walmart – $.87 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Apple-Barrel-Multi-Surface-Candy-Apple-Acrylic-Paint-2-Fl-Oz/130962968?variantFieldId=actual_color
- ModPodge – I got mine at Dollar Tree for $1.00 for a small bottle, but you can find it on Amazon – $4.86 https://www.amazon.com/CS11201-Mod-Podge-8-Ounce-1-Pack/dp/B003W0XR8M/ref=sr_1_1?crid=QU8HX3N0HUVW&dchild=1&keywords=mod+podge&qid=1589372223&sprefix=mod+p%2Caps%2C174&sr=8-1
- Scrapbook Paper – Hobby Lobby (you need a couple) – $.25 https://www.hobbylobby.com/Scrapbook-Paper-Crafts/Paper-Cardstock/Printed-Paper-Single-Sheets/White-Shiplap-Scrapbook-Paper—12%22-x-12%22/p/80836931
- Waverly Antique Wood Stain – Walmart – $10.54 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Waverly-Inspirations-Matte-Chalk-Finish-Acrylic-Paint-1-Each-16-Fl-Oz/52621566?selected=true