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Pretty patterned bird house

I bought a few wooden bird houses in the sale at GreenFingers. With the idea of decorating them in a bunch of different ways. So today I wanted to show you the first one...

I decorated the first house with pretty Rie Elise Larsen paper, giving it a coat of outdoor Mod Podge, to protect it from the elements.

It now hangs on my willow tree in our new garden...

1 Bird house

How-to step by step

  • Paint birdhouse in white primer

    Step 1

    Start by painting the house in white primer

  • Primed birdhouse

    Step 2

    Continue painting the house in primer till you have a solid white coloured house

  • Apply PVA glue to side of house

    Step 3

    Roughly cut your paper pieces for the roof and sides of house to size. Apply PVA glue to side of bird house

  • Place paper on to side of house

    Step 4

    Apply printed paper to glued side of house, Using a craft knife, trim off any excess paper.

  • Pretty birdhouse step by step

    Step 5

    Repeat above with other side of bird house

  • Apply PVA glue to roof of house

    Step 6

    Apply PVA glue to roof of bird house

  • Apply paper to PVA glued roof

    Step 7

    Apply printed paper to glued roof of house, so entire roof top, including under the ridges at the side of the house are covered in paper

  • Smooth paper down

    Step 8

    Using a craft knife, trim off any excess paper.

  • Apply paper to front of house

    Step 9

    Apply PVA glue to back of bird house. Apply printed paper to glued back of bird house

  • Trim off excess paper.jpg

    Step 10

    Using a craft knife, trim off any excess paper.

  • Apply PVA glue to front of house

    Step 11

    Apply PVA glue to front of bird house

  • Place paper on front of house

    Step 12

    Punch a hole in the paper pattern for the front of your house where the perch is. Apply printed paper to glued front of bird house Using a craft knife, trim off any excess paper.

  • Using a craft knife make a slit in hole.jpg

    Step 13

    Using a craft knife, make an insert in the front of the house, where the opening is.

  • Continue making slits

    Step 14

    Continue to make cuts into paper covering the opening

  • Push paper in to hole

    Step 15

    Push paper into hole

  • Glue paper down

    Step 16

    Cover hole entrance sides with PVA glue so paper sticks to wood.

  • Leave to dry

    Step 17

    Leave to dry

  • Trace base of house

    Step 18

    Trace round base of bird house onto paper you want to use for the base

  • Cut out base

    Step 19

    Cut out paper for base. Apply PVA glue to base of bird house. Apply printed paper to glued base of bird house Leave to dry

  • Apply PVA glue to roof edge

    Step 20

    Apply PVA glue to sides of roof edge, and underside of roof that is visible on bird house

  • adhere paper to roof edge

    Step 21

    Apply printed paper to glued roof edge of bird house

  • Make cut

    Step 22

    Using a craft knife, make an insert at the roof tip to the outer edge

  • Press paper against glued edges

    Step 23

    Push paper down and into the crease so entire roof edge and under are covered in paper

  • Trim off excess paper

    Step 24

    Using a craft knife, trim off any excess paper.

  • Press down edges

    Step 25

    Repeat with opposite side

  • Attach paper to perch

    Step 26

    Apply PVA glue to perch on bird house and cover with paper. To cover front of perch, place paper on front of perch and carefully using your fingers mould paper to front of perch so you get the shape you need. Cut out shape and apply to front of perch using PVA glue.

  • Brush Outdoor Mod Podge on to outside of birdhouse

    Step 27

    Brush entire house with outdoor Mod Podge to give it a protective coat

  • Screw attachments to back of birdhouse.jpg

    Step 28

    Screw picture hanging d-rings to back of house, so that they go through the sides of the house and do not poke into bird house interior.

  • Tie string between the D-rings

    Step 29

    Thread jute through d-rings, so you can hang up the bird house

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