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Birdhouses for Dad

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
The illusion of wood and license plates achieved by simply Mod Podging. Make the perfect man gift for your favorite guy with this time saving project.
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Real Brown, 2 oz.
Item #231
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Basil Green, 2 oz.
Item #645
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$1.59

FolkArt ® Metallics - Antique Copper, 2 oz.
Item #666
Premium, all-purpose shimmering metallic acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.

$2.59

Mod Podge ® Matte, 8 oz.
Item #CS11301
Mod Podge ® is quick-drying for multiple coat build up and dries clear. Can be sanded to a smooth finish. Cleans up easily while wet with soap and water. Certified AP non-toxic; waterbase. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.

$7.29

Other Supplies
Birdhouses
License plate and wood scrapbook paper
Scissors
Flat brush ¼”-1/2”
Wax paper
Old washer and screw
E 6000 adhesive
Squeegee
Sandpaper
Unfinished wood birdhouse 8 x 5 x 6
Foam plates
Paper towels
Brush basin
Camouflage and grass scrapbook paper
Small branch
Lichen
Glue

Instructions

Faux Wood Birdhouse
1. Paint base of birdhouse Basil Green and edge of roof Antique Copper. Lightly sand base when dry.

2. Cut papers to fit areas of birdhouse.

3. Following bottle directions, Mod Podge papers to house. Place wax paper over paper and use squeegee to remove any excess glue.

4. Dry 20 minutes and then apply several coats of Mod Podge to seal paper.

5. Use opposite end of paintbrush dipped in Antique Copper to create dots around opening of house.

6. Glue washer and screw to house with E 6000 to create perch.


Camo Birdhouse
1. Remove post from birdhouse.

2. Paint base with Real Brown and lightly sand when dry.

3. Trim paper to fit birdhouse roof and body.

4. Referring to Mod Podge bottle, attach paper to house. Place wax paper over pieces and use squeegee to smooth out any excess glue.

5. Apply several coats of Matte over paper after letting dry 20 minutes.

6. Glue lichen to base of house and branch into hole for perch.


Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.