Shabby Chic Birdhouse
The base of this altered birdhouse is created using Eileen Hull’s 3D Birdhouse die by Sizzix. After I assembled the birdhouse I covered it with plaster. Once the plaster was dry I painted it with acrylic paint and accented the stenciled areas with ColorBox Chestnut Roan ink. I’m not kidding when I say I LOVE plaster and want to cover everything in it. It’s all I think about. The texture you can create with this medium is so amazing.
The sides and top areas of the front and back of the birdhouse are accented with images from decorative napkins. The look is amazing and it’s so simple to do. Just cut out the image from your napkin, peel the white layers of the napkin off until all you have is the image layer, using your finger or a paint brush apply a thin layer of multi medium onto the area you want to cover, place the napkin piece on top of the wet multi medium then carefully apply a thin layer of multi medium over the napkin to secure it in place. Once dry I accented the flower image centers using Diamond Stickles.
I altered a chipboard square with pieces of the same napkin images used to accent areas of the birdhouse then using a strong liquid adhesive attached the birdhouse to the top of the square. To frill the birdhouse up a bit I attached cream tu-tu-tulle and rhinestone trim around the chipboard edge. Once the trim was attached I decided the birdhouse needed some kind of a stand so I attached it to the top of a vintage crystal salt shaker that I accented with a light brown seam binding bow tied around the top.
I altered some Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers and a butterfly to adorn the top of the birdhouse. These flowers are really easy to alter. I just applied layers of Perfect Pearl Powders to each one using a damp paint brush then accented the stamen using Diamond Stickles. Once dry I arranged them on top of the birdhouse securing them in place with a strong liquid adhesive.