Tuesday 5 May 2015

Little Birdhouse

Hi Everyone, today I am sharing with you a small balsawood birdhouse which measures approximately 3" x 5" high, that I got from Michaels in San Diego recently. Yes I hear you asking, when did you go there ? Well both of my daughters work in the Airline Industry and I came up with the idea I could go virtual shopping when they came across a craft shop, isn't technology amazing ! So they simply Face Time me and walk around the craft shop showing me things I would like. Isn't that a COOL idea !

The shape of this sweet little birdhouse caught my eye and I knew straight away what I wanted to do with it.

I wrapped garden string all around the roof gluing as I went, giving it a coat of Multi Medium to seal it.

I wanted a brick effect on my house and with a stencil just not being practical to place on the shapes I decided to make my own bricks out of packaging from my Tim Holtz Stencils.

I started laying my bricks pushing into Texture Paste similar to laying tiles and this is the finished effect.

My fence is a Magnolia die. My grass and tiny flowers are from Cheery Lynn.

I decorated my die cut fence colouring my flowers with Copics and shading my fence with Distress before adding to my house.

I then added a little Flower Soft to the base to look like grass.

My little Doves were a wooden die cut. I heat embossed some Lindys Embossing Powders into and added a little Distress Paint to shabby it up.

My birds are from Cheery Lynn's Bird Bath (Set of 2)

My branches were all shaded with Copics and my Blossom flowers added.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I have some more Birdhouses of different sizes which I will be decorating shortly.

Julie xx

Shop at Cheery Lynn for:

I wish to enter this in to the following Challenges:


  1. What an fantastic way to shop jet lag or anything. Your birdhouse has turned out brilliantly, the bricks with texture paste look amazing. Such a pretty piece, looking forward to seeing the others in due course x

  2. A delightful little house, love how you decorated it! And wow, that certainly must be the coolest way to go shopping ever, how very clever and what fun, almost as good as the real thing...!

  3. Oh this is just adorable Julie! Such a brilliant idea with your 'tiling' too! I LOVE it!
    What a fab way to shop.....hope your daughters have a big baggage allowance then ;)
    Big hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. Oh my goodness - this is amazing! Love how you did the roof and gorgeous design! TFS

  5. Julie,
    I love your little bird house! A crafter after my own heart! Great idea for that Tim Holtz packaging to make bricks out of it! Any your thatched roof is just a genius crafting idea! Thank you for joining us at Anything But Cute, too! Hugs!

  6. Wow Julie, I love this! The roof looks amazing in the rope and I can't think of a better use for the packaging that creating tiles - the random colours make them look so realistic. So clever and so beautiful! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Wow, how incredibly creative!! I love all the scrum my detail you have put into piece - STUNNING!! x
    Georgie xx

    1. Back again :) ... Thanks for entering at Anything But Cute xx

  8. What a fabulous Bird House(although you have set me off on that song again…..someone did it yesterday too!!) Love the bricks and those lovely flowers around the base! Must say I like your shopping style!!! Hugs, Chrisx

  9. Oh my gosh Julie, this is gorgeous!! I suddenly wish I was a bird! Your idea to use the Tim Holtz packaging is just brilliant and I love your texture paste as grout! Such a sweet fence and those flowers are so pretty, you must have good eyesight to work with such teeny tiny flowers!!

    I am so very excited you shared with us at Anything But Cute for our 'Vintage Garden' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  10. I do so love the tiles and the genius way you have achieved this brick look! Wowzers! And another genius idea to do the virtual shopping! Awesome sauce! The roof is spectacular, as is your use of the dies and flowers. So Vintage Garden! Thanks so much for joining in at our first challenge at Anything But Cute! ~Niki

  11. Such a pretty birdhouse to live in! Loved your re cycling ideas and that roof is stealer!

  12. A fabulous spring creation Julie!!!! I love it, and the way you did it is brilliant!! Hugs, Coco x

  13. WOW what a spectacular project...Especially love the way you made the brick wall and the lovely flowers on the grass
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  14. Gorgeous transformation of the bird house. I love the "thatched" roof and your handmade bricks from recycled materials. With all the sweet flowers and vines, this is a pretty place for the birds to hang out. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute for our first challenge and I hope we will see you and your wonderful creations again.

  15. Julia! This is darling!! I love birdhouses-And OMG--those little bricks are cut up pieces of Tim's stencil packaging?! WOW!! Soooo clever! I thought all of those little pieces were squares of mosaic glass. Just AMAZING!! Ooooo--where will 'you' go shopping next :) :) :) XOXO-Shari

  16. I love your fabulous bird house, Julia! What a clever idea to use Tim's packaging! Your roof is amazing with that garden string and I like your beautiful fence with all those gorgeous flowers and grass! Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our first challenge!
    Branka xxx

  17. WOW!! This is so beautiful. You've packed so much into this project and the results are stunning. I just love the attention to detail. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics.

  18. How gorgeous is your the roof and all the embellishing...the patience you had to adhering all those squares...truly a work of art.
    A fab entry in to our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit...x

  19. Love your birdhouse Julie and how inventive to use the packaging from Tim's stencils! Brilliant idea to go virtual shopping with your daughters too, ain't technology grand?!

  20. Ooooo, ahhh, squeal, I love this little house and the love birds over the door look so sweet. Even the hesitant little bird at the door looks adorable.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  21. I adore your bird house! So many lovely elements and so sweet to look at! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

  22. Wheee! What a fabulous altered birdhouse, Julie - lovely to see those virtual shopping trips bearing fruit! So clever to use the stencil packaging as the bricks - I have any number of those hanging around, and so far I think I've managed to use one in my crafting! Absolutely brilliant project.
    Alison xx

  23. So sorry that I haven't been around for weeks. You've been very creative during this time and created wonderful works :)
    I especially love this bird house, it's such an outstanding creation.

  24. What a great idea for the girls to be personal craft shoppers. This is so cute and I love how you covered the roof. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.

  25. Juliz, What a fabulous transformation and such wonderful detail. I also enjoyed reading your how-to, you put alot of work into this and it shows. Thank you for sharing this with us in the May challenge on Altered Eclectics and look forward to seeing more from you.
    :) Chris / CS Designs


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
01 09 10