Shabby Chic Birdhouse

Jul 5, 2013

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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.

Birdhouse Side View

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.

Birdhouse Back View

Birdhouse Top View

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.

Birdhouse Top Close Up

 

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