A Nest for All Seasons A Nest for All Seasons: Birdhouse City

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14 July 2015

Birdhouse City

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Today's post is in honor of the BIRDS!  Between the cardinals and bluebirds of Pennsylvania to the crazy wild variety of tropical birds here in Puerto Rico, I am completely enthralled and have so much to learn!  I love inviting the birds into my garden, be it a 5 acre woodland or a singular rooftop terrace.  Water, food and shelter are the musts.  Today we focus on the shelter!

Supplies:

Instructions:

Start with your walnut stain since the paint will go over the stain, but the stain cannot go over the paint.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

I stained anywhere I planned to put the rusted metal sheets just in case any popped through. 
 I wanted the color to be a consistent dark brown throughout.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

See those little traingular "roofs"?  They are simply made from cutting a rusted metal sheet in half
 (just with regular scissors!) and bending it.  The metal is strong, but lightweight, making it easy to work with.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Simply hot glue the bent metal pieces to the rooftops or any other decorative areas where you want some added texture.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Once the stain has dried, you can add in your colored paints on large areas of unfinished wood.  
I like using a foam brush on these for the smoothest finish possible.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

When the large areas have dried, come in with a small brush for detailwork in your second color.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

To keep the "birdhouse city" in one piece and to save my garden from having random wood houses blowing around it in every thunderstorm, I attached all the houses to a thin piece of plywood, stained with the same walnut stain that is on the birdhouses.  They are simply hot glued on and have been solid through wind and rain thus far.

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

The whole city can be moved at once which is nice!

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Did you notice that I took off a few of the more "Christmasy" details from the gingerbread house?  
By losing the red washi tape, the house fits in nicely with this summer look as well!

DIY Birdhouse City by Amy Renea of A Nest for All Seasons

Happy Crafting!


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 If you liked this tutorial, then you might enjoy the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!

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