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Vintage Inspired Crackle Bird and Box

By: Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie & Steve
Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza are handcraft designers, Emmy Nominated television hosts, book authors, lifestyle experts and the inventors of Hot Glue Gun Helpers. Their shows can be seen in the United States, Australia, South Africa, The Philippines and on the Armed Forces Network.  They were nominated for two Daytime Emmys. Cathie and Steve has also appeared on numerous network shows and specials for NBC, ABC, Discovery Channel, HGTV, DIY and Food Network.  Programs such as Rachael Ray, IVillage Live, View From the Bay and the Florence Henderson Show have featured their creative ideas.
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Supplies

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Seashell Pink, 2 oz.
Item #2485
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 - Bark Brown, 2 oz.
Item #2560
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 ® Extreme Glitter™ - Peridot, 2 oz.
Item #2789
Sparkling fine glitter acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Use on all porous surfaces. For brightest shimmer, basecoat with similar FolkArt color. All colors are certified AP non-toxic and water-based.

$2.59

FolkArt ® Extreme Glitter™ - Tourquoise, 2 oz.
Item #2790
Sparkling fine glitter acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Use on all porous surfaces. For brightest shimmer, basecoat with similar FolkArt color. All colors are certified AP non-toxic and water-based.

$2.59

FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Pure Black, 2 oz.
Item #479
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 - Aqua, 2 oz.
Item #481
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 ® Mediums - Crackle Medium, 2 oz.
Item #694
Gives a weathered, time-worn finish to projects.

$2.09

Mod Podge ® Gloss, 8 oz.
Item #CS11201
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

Plaid ® Patricia Nimocks Clear Acrylic Sealer - Gloss, 12 oz.
Item #CS200305
This easy-to-use spray protects paint, lacquer, varnish, stain, glue, wood, prints and other surfaces with a strong, clear, non-yellowing, acrylic seal. This product may not be purchased by those under 18 years of age.

$8.29

Other Supplies
Ceramic birds
Paint brushes
Felt circle to fit the box bottom
Glue
Wood
Nesting box
Nest
Loose bristle paintbrush
Narrow round paintbrush
Book pages
Scrapbook paper
Scissors
Paper punches
Hot glue
Moss
Rhinestone

Instructions

To create bird:

1.     If needed paint the bird with a coat of spray primer.

2.     Paint the bird with a solid coat of black paint.  Allow to dry.

3.     Apply a coat of crackle finish to the bird.  Allow to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.

4.     Working quickly and in one direction, apply the pink paint to the bird.  The paint will begin to crackle.  Allow to dry.

5.     Add a finish coat to the bird by spraying two coats if clear coat to the bird.  Allow to dry in between coats.

6.     Using glue, attach a felt circle to the bottom of the bird

 To create box:

1.     Begin by rustic painting the entire base of the box Bark Brown.  Don’t worry about complete coverage.  Paint the lid with Spanish Olive.

2.     Dip the paintbrush bristles into the Aqua paint and tap off the excess paint.  Dry brush the paint over the top and bottom of the box. Keep the painting light and rustic looking.

3.     Cut book pages into sections that will fit the top of the box.  Using the same paper, cut flower stems and grass spikes.  Use a paper punch to create decorative flower shapes.

4.     Apply a coat of Mod Podge on the back of the cut book pages, place the sections onto the top of the box, add a layer of Mod Podge, press the strips with your fingers to remove any air bubbles.  Topcoat with an additional layer of Mod Podge.  Attach the stems, punched flowers and grass spikes to the front of the box paper punched flower shapes to the front in the same fashion as the top.

5.     Add glitter highlights to the flowers and box.  Apply a thick coat of extreme glitter gold to the flower petals, dry brush peridot glitter to the front and corners of the box.  Allow to dry.  Hot glue rhinestones to the center of the flowers.

6.     Working on a ceramic bird, paint the nest with Bark Brown, dry brush the nest with Spanish Olive.  Paint the bird with Aqua paint. 

7.     Add a layer of Turquoise Extreme Glitter to the bird.  Top Coat the entire bird and nest with gloss Mod Podge.  Allow to dry.

8.     Hot glue the bird and nest to the top of the box.  Glue moss around and on the bird nest.


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