Hello everyone, I'm so glad you are here.
I know it has been a while since our last blog post. With Spring here, we have been extremely busy with so many things (too many to list, lol), i haven't had much time to post.
I recently completed a new item for our shop and listed it a few days ago. So, I thought it might make a great " how to " tutorial. I had this in mind when I started this project, so I have pictures to show you how I did this. This would be a wonderful Spring project to make for yourself or to give as a gift.
First I'd like to show you the finished product, and then explain the steps (with pictures)
Ok, let's jump right in....
Here is a list of materials you will need:
* 3 mini wooden crates
* Craft paint ( I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk paint- Metallic Copper color for the crates and a variety of Folk Art Craft paint colors for the birdhouse. It all depends on how you wish to decorate it )
* Paint Brushes
* Glue gun and glue sticks ( I use Gorilla glue stick sticks )
* E6000 glue (clear)
* Wire cutters
* Spanish Moss ( for crafts )
* Your choice of artificial flowers
* Floral foam
* Your choice of artificial flowers and floral accents
* 1 small size popsicle stick
* Mini birdhouse
* Artificial bird ( I ordered a set from Amazon )
**There are a variety of places that you can find all of the materials you will need for this project. Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Walmart, The Dollar Store, and The Dollar Tree.
I started by painting the crates. I painted the outside and in between the slats, as well as the bottoms. It's not necessary to paint the inside since it will be hidden. I love using chalk paint (especially on wood) because it dries so quickly. The Metallic Copper color give the crates a beautiful rich shade of brown.
I then measured the floral foam to the size I needed to fit inside the crates. Make sure you cut the foam small enough to insert the moss (which will cover the foam on the sides and the top). After you get it cut to the desired size ( I used a steak knife to cut the foam), use hot glue to glue the foam to inside bottom of each crate.
** Be careful not to get burned. I use the silicon finger protectors to keep avoid getting burned.
The next step is to place the Spanish moss around the foam. I over filled it somewhat to give it a nice full look.
Next, I determined how I wanted to stack my crates on top of one another (this may take a little practice because they will need to be balanced correctly so they don't tip over). I marked the tops and bottoms of the crates so that I would know where to place the glue.
After that was decided, I used the E6000 glue along with a little bit of hot glue to hold the crates in place. It takes a little for the E6000 glue to completely dry.
**Although I love the convenience of using hot glue, I don't always trust it to hold in certain instances.
After I completed these steps, I selected the flowers I wanted to use and used my wire cutters to cut them to the desired length that I wanted. (You can use as few or as many flowers as you like). I wanted mine to give the appearance that it was overflowing with flowers.
It's best to place your flowers into the foam after the glued crates are completely dry. Part of the crates will be covered by the other crates, so this will help you determine how many flowers you want to use.
The next step is to decide how you wish to decorate your birdhouse. You can paint it any color you wish or even stain it. I painted mine with white with a yellow courtly check design at the bottom on the front and back of the house. I then painted stems, leaves, and flowers (front and back. I painted the sides of the house yellow and painted yellow polka dots on the roof.
Once you have painted you birdhouse and it is dry, it will be ready to attach to the top crate. I painted the popsicle stick with the same paint that I used for the crates. Once it was dry I attached the bottom of the popsicle stick to the inside of the top crate with the E6000 glue and a little hot glue. After the glue dried , I attached the birdhouse to upper half of the popsicle stick using the same process and allowed that to dry.
I hot glued two flowers ( I cut them off of the stems) to the top of the birdhouse roof and then added some glue to the bottom of the bird. Then I positioned the bird on top of the flowers I had glued to the roof.
Once I was finished, I sprayed it with a couple of coats of clear acrylic protective sealer and allowed it to dry between coats.
** Be sure to do this outside or in a well ventilated area wearing a face mask.
This is a fun and easy project to do to welcome Springtime. It would make a wonderful and cheerful addition to your home decor or a very thoughtful gift for someone special.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. If you do decide that you want to make this, I hope you have a lot of fun doing it.
Please feel free to comment with any questions you may have. ( Also, just in case I've left something out, lol ).
I would also love it if you want to share any ideas and it would be awesome to see your finished projects!!!!!!
I will be posting again soon.....hopefully next time with a video tutorial ( I have to work up some courage first, lol ).
We would also love it if you want to browse around our shop while you are here.
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