Plaid FolkArt Felt Birdhouse Trio

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by Holli Nutter, Plaid

Plaid FolkArt Felt Birdhouse Trio

This trio of birdhouses will bring a sweet song to your decor.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for neither the paint nor the glue. If you are only making one or two birdhouses, adjust your supplies accordingly.
  • 2
    Begin by basecoating each birdhouse: one Light Peony, one Yellow Citron and one Calypso Sky. Also paint the roofs. Give at least two coats and allow to dry.
  • 3
    Rub wax candle with firm pressure on the edges, around the bird hole and on the fronts and roofs of the birdhouses. Rub the candle randomly; anywhere you want the distressed look is where you are going to rub wax. Note: On the Yellow Citron birdhouse, only the roof is distressed. This means you would only rub wax on the roof of this birdhouse.
  • 4
    Paint the birdhouse body Light Peony and Calypso Sky birdhouses Wicker White. Paint several coats, covering up the wax and other paint colors. Allow to dry.
  • 5
    Repeat the same process on the roofs with Teddy Bear Brown. Allow to dry.
  • 6
    Draw several four inch flower shapes on your Fuschia, Purple and Yellow felt sheets with a pen and then cut just inside the lines. You’ll also want to cut some shingles for one of the roofs from the Brown felt. Set your shapes aside.
  • 7
    When your birdhouses are dry, sand them lightly. You’ll be able to see the areas where the wax is under the paint – sand in these places to remove the paint from the surface, giving the project a distressed look. The more distressed you would like the project, the more you should sand. Just be careful not to sand TOO much – you don’t want to reach the surface below the paint.
  • 8
    Now that your birdhouses are distressed, you can add the felt pieces. Glue the flowers on randomly (see photo for reference). Also glue the shingles onto the roof. Finally, glue the buttons onto the centers of the flowers. Allow to dry.
  • 9
    Using the liner brush and Hauser Green Light thinned with a little water, paint stems and leaves below each of the flowers. Allow to dry at least twenty-four hours before using.
  • 10
    Optional: spray all birdhouses with clear acrylic sealer for durability.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Teddy Bear Brown 104107513 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Hauser Light Green 104107549 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Yellow Citron 104107571 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Light Peony 100368316 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Calypso Sky 100365511 (2)
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Wicker White 104107634 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Unfinished Birdhouse of Your Choice (3)
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Flat Wash Size 3/4 104118914
  • Daler-Rowney Simply Simmons Synthetic Acrylic and Multi Media Brush Liner Size 1 104118916
  • Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings Big Bag of Buttons Rainbow 104544168
  • CPE The New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Brown 104276458
  • CPE The New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Fuschia 104276436
  • CPE The New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Purple 104276447
  • CPE The New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Yellow 104276432
  • 3M All Purpose Sandpaper 9 inch x 11 inch Assorted Grits 5 pc. 104622284
  • Aleene's 4 oz. Original Tacky Glue 104148018
  • Plaid Clear Acrylic Sealer Spray 6 oz. Matte 104107917 (optional - see step 10)
  • Wax Candle
  • Pen
  • Scissors