easy DIY birdhouse
Do you remember the giveaway I won from Pat at Corn In My Coffee Pot? I told you I was going to make an easy DIY birdhouse and use the license plate for the roof.
I just sort of jumped in and started cutting some scrap wood.
This is a dry fit to see if everything is going to come together.
I didn’t want to use a dowel rod for a perch. I first thought of using some silverware, but I have lots of handles in my stash. I chose one that I didn’t think I would be using for some other project. To get the spacing right for the holes, I pressed the handle into the wood to leave an indention. After I had the impression in the wood, I used a pencil to color it in to make it easier to drill.
I used wood glue and my nail gun to put all the pieces together. I used a hole saw blade to cut out the hole.
These are two of the pieces I cut off the “pitch” of the roof. I was trying to figure out if I wanted red under white or white under red. To get his look I painted the undercoat, let it dry, then painted on some watered down Elmer’s Glue All. I let the glue barely dry. After the glue is almost dry, I gently brushed on the topcoat, being careful not to “overpaint”. I decided I wanted to get the look on the left.
To get that look, I painted the birdhouse Colonial Red from Rustoleum, I then painted on the Elmer’s Glue All, and then put a top coat of white on being careful to just paint it on lightly. You can see more details of how to achieve this technique in my post Thomas Kinkaid Decoupaged Window
This is the birdhouse that I am replacing. Don’t you think it’s seen better days? I think it should have been condemned a long time ago. Don’t you love the sun roof?
But even the poor little birdies need a floor in their home.
This is how the diy crackle paint technique worked when I painted the white over the red and diluted glue mixture.
I took down the old birdhouse and put the new house right in the same place.
I’m not a huge fan of a crackle finish, but I think it does have it’s place.
I think I need to hang out a vacancy sign. There are no new tenants yet.
I suppose this may be the wrong time of year for birdies to look for new homes. I’ll keep ya posted though.
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