Cheerful Birdhouse

I was recently at the thrift store and found a little wood birdhouse.  It is definitely too small to use as a real birdhouse, but it is the perfect size for a cute decoration.  I bought this birdhouse for .50 at the thrift store.  If you buy them at the craft store they are just $1.00, so I didn't save a ton, but every little bit helps.

I decided to decorate this birdhouse in a yellow color.  I wanted it to be light, bright, sunny and cheerful.


Here are my supplies
Apple Barrel paint - white
Apple Barrel paint - lemon chiffon
Mod Podge Gloss Finish
Mod Podge Outdoor formula
craft birdhouse
scrapbook paper
Paper Trimmer
sand paper

First I painted the main part of the birdhouse with the lemon chiffon color.  It is a very light yellow.  It took two layers of paint to get the color I wanted.
Then I painted the roof and edges  of the birdhouse with the white paint.
To give the birdhouse an extra bit of color, I wanted to use a yellow paper with white flowers.  I thought it would be a nice addition to the roof of the birdhouse.  Next I put the roof of the birdhouse down on the wrong side of the paper and traced it.
Then I used my Cricut paper cutter to cut the scrapbook paper to the size I needed.  I ended up with these two pieces of paper, one for each side of the roof.  I suppose you could use one piece of paper and just fold over the top of the roof.  I didn't think of that until this moment though, so maybe next time I will experiment with trying it that way to see if there is a difference in how the project turns out.
Next I applied the Mod Podge to the back of the paper.  I also put a small amount on the roof of the birdhouse where the edges of the paper are.  It is a little bit hard to get the right amount of Mod Podge to the very edge of the paper, so I added that bit to the roof so it was sure to stick firmly.
Then I used a light sand paper to sand the edges of the birdhouse roof where a small amount of the scrapbook paper hung over the edge.  That just makes it flush and looks a little nicer.
Next I decided that the birdhouse was a little plain with just the yellow on the main part of the birdhouse.  I painted a few little white flowers on the sides and the front to add a bit of decoration.
I made this decorative birdhouse as a gift, and didn't know where the person would be using it, so I decided to put a layer of Outdoor Mod Podge over the whole birdhouse.  If they decide to use it on their porch it won't get ruined.


Here's the cute finished project!  I like how cheerful it turned out.


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14 comments

  1. I love transforming thrift store finds! Love the cheery yellow color!

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    1. I try to post every week a different thrift store find that I have either updated or have plans to update. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Ali, I LOVE your little birdhouse, and your tutorial is really helpful! The step by step instructions and the list of materials needed- those are exactly the kinds of things I need. I would really like to do these kinds of crafts, but I don't always know where to start or what kinds of materials to use. And I would never have thought to trace around the roof- I would have probably measured it and drawn it off on the paper- SO much more involved! LOL! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinning! :D

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Joy! I know when I look for tutorials I always want to know exactly how it went from start to finish. I'm glad it helped! =) Thanks for pinning.

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  3. Your little birdhouse is amazing. how do you get your inspiration?

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    1. I think we all need a little more cheer in our life!

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  4. This looks incredible! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Kimberly!

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  5. That"s so cute Ali!
    You should stop by my blog and join our Something to Talk About link party each Monday!
    Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'll stop by your link party later today!

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  6. Aw, it is a super cute and cheery birdhouse. Good work!
    Thank you for partying with us at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Linky Party, we hope you come back next week to party again.

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    1. Thank you for your nice comments! It was a fun party to link up to. =)

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  7. I love how cute it turned out!! My favorite part is the price tag! 50 cents at a thrift store? Amazing! The lemon yellow scrapbook paper is absolutely adorable! Thanks for stopping by the Welcome Home Wednesday Link-Party today... I loved the opportunity to read your post! We'd love to see you next week!

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    1. The price tag was pretty awesome. I'm all about the thrifty projects. Thanks for stopping by Betsy.

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