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Keep It Simple Birdhouse

By: Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper
Candie Cooper is a jewelry designer with a passion for combining unique materials and color combinations, inspired by extensive travel and her years living in China.  Candie is the author of "Metalworking 101 for Beaders"(Lark Books 2009), "Felted Jewelry" (Lark Books 2007), and "Designer Needle Felting" (Lark Books 2007).  Currently she's creating designs for a variety of companies in the craft industry as well as for craft and jewelry-making publications.  Candie teaches workshops both nationally and internationally and has appeared on the Public Television series "Beads, Baubles and Jewels" as well as co-host for "Hands On."  She earned a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and Fine Arts from Purdue University.  For a further peek at her creative life, please visit www.candiecooper.com.
Birdhouses make great centerpieces for parties and table settings. Customize it with Plaid’s Folk Art paint and Stencil Crème to suit your look!
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Skill Level: Beginner


FolkArt ® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints - Wicker White, 2 oz.
Item #2894
This is the only paint you'll ever need! Paint wood, glass, ceramic, metal, terra cotta, rigid plastic, canvas, styrofoam, slate, paper mache and fabric with the same bottle. Our patented, self-sealing formula offers superior coverage for fewer coats and quicker drying times. With a dishwasher-safe glossy finish, this water-based non-toxic formula resists moisture and rust comes in a wide color palette including basics and trend-right shades.


Mod Podge ® Outdoor, 8 oz.
Item #CS11220
This waterbase sealer, glue and finish lets you decoupage for the outdoors! Seals and protects wood, terra cotta, slate, tin and more. Dries fast & clear. Mod Podge ® is an all in one decoupage glue, sealer and finish.


Other Supplies
Wooden gazebo birdhouse
Paper towel
Fine-tooth sandpaper
FolkArt #WM34123 Stencil Crème set (available exclusively at Walmart)
Plaid #34029 5/8" Stencil brush (available exclusively at Walmart)
Plaid #30903 Stencil Pack (available exclusively at Walmart)


  1. Wipe the entire surface to be stenciled with a damp cloth to remove dust. 
  2. Basecoat the entire birdhouse white and leave to dry. 
  3. Lightly sand so the surface is smooth and wipe clean. 
  4. Swirl the stencil brush around in the green Folk Art Stencil Crème, blot excess paint onto a paper towel so you have an evenly loaded brush (no globs of paint in bristles). 
  5. Lay the leaf stencil over a section of the roof.
  6. Apply paint in the stencil openings in an up and down, swirling motion. Remove stencil and leave to dry. Repeat in each section of the roof to create a continuous leaf pattern.
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