Hi, it’s Jo here again with a Christmas Birdhouse project. I love these birdhouses because they come in three different sizes which makes them ideal for different types of decorations in the home. On this occasion, I have used the medium size, however, the larger one is ideal for a centerpiece for your Christmas dinner table and the smaller one is perfect to hang on your tree.
With this project, I decided to decorate it using the Christmas Jingle paper pad – one word of warning, before constructing your birdhouse, position each piece of the house on the desired paper and trace around it, this will mean that you will find it a lot easier when fixing it onto the constructed birdhouse.
Once I had drawn out the pieces on the paper, I glued the house together and gave it a coat of gesso – you don’t necessarily have to do this with this project but I like to seal the MDF and also, if any part of it is showing it will be white. Ceramic Effect is also good for this. I then glued on the papers to the sides of the house and edged them with Ceramic Effect to cover the joins and give a soft finish.
I then traced around the roof onto corrugated card before fixing the roof into place and adhering the card onto it. I added Structure Paste on the ‘floor’ of the house with a pallet knife to give it texture, and while it was still wet, I then added some pine cones and embellishments. I took one of the smaller MDF birds and inked it in brown and red then added it behind the embellishments with the help of some Structure Paste, and then covered the paste in Crushed Ice. I left this to dry before finishing the roof by sweeping over the corrugated card with Ceramic Effect to give a snowy feel and then adding some Ice Effect in patches and finally adding the MDF Christmas word ‘Peace’.
This is a very simple project to make and looks very effective, especially if you add some tiny fairy lights. I hope you have as much fun as I did making this decoration!
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