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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Wooden Birdhouse Inspire

I decided to try something new today in the studio. It's sort of a combination of Altered Art and just plain being crafty. The end result was this decorated wooden birdhouse.

Bird Shabby Chic Birdhouse


I started with a plain wooden birdhouse that I found at JoAnn Fabrics. I painted it a buttermilk yellow color all over. Then I added some light turquoise colored scrapbook paper with a copper-looking pattern on it to the birdhouse roof.  I also added a burnt sienna color around the bottom edge of the birdhouse for some color contrast with the yellow--and to also tie in the with copper-looking color in the roof paper.  And for just a hint of texture. I dabbed on some copper ink on top of the burnt sienna edge color. Once those basics were finished, I began with embellishments.

First I added a decorative paper element around the birdhouse opening. It's a K & Company piece that I used a craft punch on to cut a hole out of the center. Then I added a Tim Holz metal gear element near the top of the birdhouse front.  Next I used a decorative rubber stamp to create a border design around the birdhouse using copper ink. I embellished that with some light turquoise ribbon. Then I added a fabric flower with a copper/bronze brad and a metallic bird embellishment.  And I finished it off with a 3-D sticker that says, Inspire. I'm always inspired by nature and things outdoors, so that seemed an appropriate sentiment for this piece.

I had so much fun making this birdhouse, I think I might do a whole series of them. I have been jotting down ideas for future projects, so we'll see what comes of it in the future.

Have a safe and creative end to your holiday weekend, everyone!