The Shady Porch: Rustic Burlap Birdhouse Ornaments

11.15.2013

Rustic Burlap Birdhouse Ornaments

I was inspired to make these Rustic Burlap Birdhouse Ornaments after seeing similar ones adorning a Christmas tree on the cover of a nursery catalog. I thought they were so cute and, as many of you know, I have a thing for pine cones and the pine cone shingled roof settled it...I had to make some for the holidays! As with anything, the first time is a learning experience, and this craft project was just that. Having no pattern or instructions, I blazed the trail through trial and error.
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They are somewhat time consuming, but fairly easy to make. Due to the use of hot glue, I do not recommend it as a kid-friendly craft project.
 
I was able to craft 3 houses using an old tissue box. 


You can see a photo of my inspiration above. All of my birdhouse ornaments ended up being a little different in size and I believe all of mine are larger than the inspiration ornaments.

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I cut the birdhouse pattern out of the tissue box and taped the houses together (my masking tape was old and didn't want to stick). I used a large button to size the hole for the door.
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After the cardboard houses were shaped, I covered them with burlap (held in place with hot glue). I then embellished the opening with dark green contrasting twine. I also fashioned a hanger out of the green twine and glued it to the roof. 

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I stripped down a pine cone that had previously been painted green and started gluing the petals to the rooftop, creating shingles.  Be sure to allow some overhang on the edges to create a more authentic-looking roof line. I didn't do that so well on the first birdhouse. Also, be sure to start on the bottom and work toward the top.

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Here is the roof without the topper that covers the seam of the front and back shingles...and without the snow and ice embellishments.


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On this particular birdhouse, I used pine cone petals that were painted red. I used Snow-Tex to add the snowy texture as well as white craft paint and hot glue. I cannot wait to see how they look when I add them to my Christmas tree! 

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