Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Birdies

I was once again inspired by the pair of mourning doves that started nesting on my window sill in March. Here I altered the KaiserCraft MDF birdhouse key holder with a nest, the birds, the eggs, paint, pretty pattern papers... the whole shebang!


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Used: KaiserCraft birdhouse; KaiserCraft KaiserColour acrylic paint in tropical water and antique white; KaiserCraft blooms; KaiserCraft acrylic stamps; KaiserCraft, Echo Park For The Record Fancy Foral pattern paper and Jillibean Soup Gruyere Cheese pattern paper; My Little Shoebox alpha stickers; Martha Stewart microbeads and glitter; Offray ribbon; Whisker Graphics twine; Mod Podge; glue dots; birds, eggs & nest from floral aisle of local Michael's; heart shaped buttons also from Michael's; M&J Trimming pom pom trimming and sequins; Recollections pearl stickers; beads left over from previous jewelry making days

For MDF painting tips, refer to this post! Here is a closer look at the other details:

To create the nest:

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  • I bought the birds, eggs, and nest from the floral aisle at Michael's. You can find them online as well.
  • The eggs were plastic and came speckled brown. Apply glitter with a coating of Mod Podge. Tip: Stick a toothpick in the egg at the end not visible in the nest before applying Mod Podge and glitter so your fingers stay sticky-free.
  • I wanted the nest to be decorated and appear a little dewy. So I applied Mod Podge to the nest, sprinkled some clear Martha Stewart microbeads and colorful beads to the rim of the nest. Tip: Mod Podge dries clear, so no worries if you've got a little too much of it as you're applying the beads. After all, you do want them to stick to the nest!
  • Stick birds, eggs, and nest to each other using glue dots or more Mod Podge.
To fill the birdhouse window:

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  • Stamp two identically shaped images on two pieces of pattern paper. The smaller images in this KaiserCraft stamp set perfectly fits into the opening!
  • Mod Podge the two together, aligning it back to back as mirror images with a 6" piece of twine centered between.
  • Continue to coat with a few more layers of Mod Podge and let it dry. It will harden and appear more like a dimensional charm.
  • Adhere the two ends of the twine to the back of the bird house and voila! You have yourself a cute little spinner charm!
  • To mimic the dotted pattern paper, I first painted the window frame in tropical water, then I layered sequins over the frame the teal color peek from the center of the sequins.
So, whaddaya think? Hope you likes!

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- KRAFTY pearl

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7 comments:

  1. This is so adorable and I love the little birds nest.

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  2. So gorgeous! I have to have one!! :D

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  3. Hi Pearl,
    Welcome to Blogsville. Thanks to Mod Podge Am, I found you and your adorablistic birdhouse. I have several of these, bought on clearance awhile ago. Thanks for reminding me to get them out of hiding, and beautify them. I'm your new follower. Would love to have you over to my place at http://altered-artworks.blogpost.com

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  4. One of cutest I've seen on here,darling you have lot talent hon,,keep it up,,Cookie in Va.

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