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General craft items:
Bird, 3/8" dowel, chain, small book rings, mini brads, dark brown ink pad
Tools and adhesives:
Craft knife, cutting mat, ruler
Strong glue or tape runner for adhering paper
Mini hot glue gun
- Die cut the House from white matboard. Use a craft knife and ruler to cut a wedge out of one side of the front of the house. Start the wedge about 1/2 inch from the top so the sides stay connected. Once you've cut one wedge, flip it over and use it as a template for the other side of the front. Continue flipping and moving the wedge to cut the same two wedge slices from the back of the house.
- Cover the front, back and both sides of the house with patterned paper, covering the door and windows on the front. Brush all the edges with brown ink. Use a mini glue gun to assemble the house.
- Cover the roof section with currugated paper and also cut thin pieces of corrugated paper for the front edge of the roof. Attach the small book rings to the roof using mini-brads. Use the mini glue gun to add the roof to the house and the thin pieces to the front edge. Open the book rings, slide the ends of the chain onto the rings, and then close them.
- For the front bump-out section of the house, first cover the front and sides with patterned paper and brush the edges with brown ink. Inside the piece, draw a 3/4" circle for the hole and a slightly-less-than-3/8" circle below that for the peg. Cut out both circles with a craft knife. For the peg hole, make slices radiating around the circle. (Like RK eye surgery)
- Cut a 3.25" piece of dowel and pierce holes through it to weave the bird's wire legs through. Cut off the excess wire and hot glue the ends. Press the peg through the hole in the front of the house bump-out.
- Glue the house bump-out and the end of the peg to the front of the house using hot glue. Hold it in place while it cools/sets. Cover the roof with corrugated paper and glue small strips to the front edge like with the larger roof. Hot glue the roof into place.
- Freehand cut a primitive heart shape from thick birch. Dauber the piece with alternating layers of Mediterranean Blue and Copper Luminarte daubers until a pleasing color/sheen is reached. Allow to dry and then attach the heart to the front of the birdhouse with pop-dots.