Tuesday, June 2, 2009

How To Make A Birdhouse

As I shared with you in my last post, I recently created a paper-mache birdhouse for putting up in our new house. Here I take you through the paces.

Just follow the steps below to create your own birdhouse using cardboard and paper.

  1. Take a cardboard box; candy boxes do just fine for this. Just make sure the basic shape resembles the shape of a birdhouse. In my case the box was almost square with curved sides.

  2. Fold the top flaps and join them to add a roof to the box. You can also build a roof by sticking extra cardboard pieces on the top using scotch tape or glue.

  3. Now cut a round hole in between the front side; this is where the bird pops its head out from!

  4. Cut a long, rectangle piece of cardboard and tape it right below the hole you just cut. This forms the perch for the bird.

  5. If you want to hang your birdhouse, add a loop of string at the back. I wanted mine propped up from a pot, so I cut out a small hole at the bottom. I’ll later insert a stick into it and push the other end into my pot.

  6. Now tear paper pieces and paste them all over the birdhouse, covering all the areas evenly. Add multiple coats if required.

  7. Paint your birdhouse in attractive colors. I painted mine in shades of cream and brown. So I call my creation the Butterscotch Birdhouse!
I hope to have some more of these beauties around the house in the coming days. :) Will share the progress with you, as always.


NatureStop said...

Thanks for passing by our blog. Then we could discover yours! Very nice and creative indeed!We hope you enjoy your visits in the future.

beachvintage.com said...

Wow, brings back memories of childhood paper-mache Humpty Dumpties using balloons. Love this idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. xx


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