Ok, so it all started with a toilet paper roll.Yep, that's right--all this inspiration from a lil ol' tp roll! I also used 1 pinecone from my daily walk to lay the rooftop. This was such a fun project and I took plenty o' pics along the way in case you might get inspired enough to want to make a cute little birdhouse of your own.
Just gather up a toilet paper roll, some old cardboard, a pinecone, a few favorite textural elements and you are well on your way to a handmade decoration that will have everyone chirping!
First, I adhered the textured mulberry paper to the toilet paper roll with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gel Medium and a paint brush. Also add a coat over the top to seal. *Note-this is where you would want to punch or cut an opening for a window or door and a small hole for a perch. I didn't because I'm a total ding bat and apparently love to make things more difficult than they need to be. I digress....
Second, I painted the circle base white with Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Gesso.
Third, I sprayed the cardboard roof, base and house structure (tp roll) with IrRESISTable texture spray in Desert Sand. Thanks to the fabulous Kimberly Crawford for sending me this super cool stuff!! I looove it!!
While all that was drying, I added some Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Whipped Spackle to the pine tree bristles for a "snowy" effect.
Next, I thatched my pinecone roof! This part was fun! I almost felt as if I were actually building something, lol! I definitely recommend using a hot glue gun for this part and for the actual gluing together of the pieces. With a little care, it will enrich the integrity of this decoration for years of enjoyment.
Now I went back to the base, adding Gelatos® in Pistachio, Green Tea and Spearmint and blending with my finger.
After hot gluing the "house" part to the base, I began building some interest on the ground. I placed some of the pine tree bristles and pinecone scraps, real dried leaves and grass around the base. I noticed that Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft® Glass Bead Glitter Gel worked equally as well, if not better to create the effect of snow because now my snow is more chunky and sparkly too!
Now I'm ready to finish decorating the roof with the snow-covered pine tree needles, winter berries and more "snow", aka- Glass Bead Glitter Gel. See how I cut the top of the tp roll to fit the rooftop? It's nothing more than 2 snips of your scissors to form a point at the top. Super easy.
Now, it is here, at the most inopportune moment, that I realize I haven't put a entrance or exit on my house!!~ ....poor little birdie! So I painstakingly cut out a little "window" and a tiny hole for the "perch". I stuck a little piece of a wood branch into the hole and decorated around the window with dried leaves and a bit more Gesso. Then I added the white snowflake above the window but it still needed something....more red! This is supposed to be a Christmas decoration, after all, right? I decided to add 3 bright red mini roses to the centers of the 4 dark red berry clusters on the roof. This created some unity with the vintage ornament and enamel button reading Holiday Traditions at the base. All in all, I think it turned out pretty cute! Here are a couple close-ups of the finale....
Woah! That was one pic-heavy post!! If you're still with me and haven't gone cross-eyed, YAY!!! And THANKS for coming to visit me. It makes my heart SO happy!!! Wishing you and yours a wonderfully blessed weekend my friend!!!