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Rustic Wooden Birdhouse Craft Ornament

Put those inexpensive dollar store wooden birdhouses to use by making this sweet and rustic wooden birdhouse craft ornament.

Rustic wooden birdhouse craft ornament.

Making A Bird House Craft

I don’t know about you but I have plenty of these wooden birdhouses from the craft store kicking around the house. I’ve previously used them to make this rustic birdhouse centerpiece for my table. They are just too cute not to buy when I see them at the dollar stores. They are really inexpensive, costing only $1-$2 and come in a variety of shapes and sizes so I often buy them for the kids to paint and craft with.

But this time, I wanted to make a birdhouse ornament craft just for myself! I love how sweet and perfectly rustic this little house turned out with it’s cream and black color combo and distressed edges. The “home sweet home” lettering was applied using my Cricut Joy and some permanent vinyl.

Materials Needed:

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Materials needed to make a rustic wooden birdhouse craft ornament.

How to Make a Rustic Birdhouse Ornament:

Painting the Wooden Birdhouse

Paint the sides of the house using White Birch.

Paint the roof of the house and the bottom base using Black Tie.

Painting the wooden birdhouse roof black.

Using a fine tip paint brush, also paint the post in Black Tie.

Painting the wooden birdhouse post black.

Let the paint dry fully before proceeding with the next step.

Using a piece of sandpaper, sand down all edges of the birdhouse painted in Black Tie, distressing mostly at the edges until the raw unfinished wood shows through.

Wipe off the dust with a clean, dry cloth. Then apply a coat of mod podge sealer all over the surface of the birdhouse. Leave it to dry before proceeding with the next step.

Applying mod podge over the surface of the birdhouse.

Uploading the SVG Pattern

Upload Home Sweet Home SVG File into Design Space.  

With the image highlighted, click on attach to keep all pieces of the image together.

Adjust image size to fit your wooden birdhouse accordingly or maintain size as provided.  Color sync the image if desired to match the vinyl color.

Cutting

Ensure the machine is set to Cricut Joy and select “Make It” in Design Space. Choose “Without Mat” as the option for cutting when using Smart Vinyl.

Set material type to Smart Vinyl. Follow prompts for loading the mat into the Cricut Joy and cutting the Smart Vinyl. When prompted, unload the vinyl from the cutting machine.

Loading white vinyl into the Cricut Joy machine.

Applying the Vinyl and Finishing the Birdhouse

Cut around the image with a pair of scissors. 

Cutting around the cut image.

Using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl around the cut image and discard. 

Peeling away excess vinyl.

Cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger than the size of the image.

Cutting a piece of transfer tape.

Peel away the transfer tape backing and place the transfer tape overtop of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.

Placing the transfer tape over top of the cut image.

Peel away the vinyl backing and place the image on to the roof of the house on a slight angle.

Peel away the transfer tape.

Top view of the birdhouse roof with the cut image "home sweet home."

Isn’t this little birdhouse ornament so darn cute?

Rustic wooden birdhouse craft ornament.

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Rustic Wooden Birdhouse Craft Ornament

Jane and Sonja
Making a sweet and rustic birdhouse craft ornament.
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Materials
  

  • Wooden birdhouse ornament
  • Decoart Americana Acrylics in White Birch and Black Tie
  • Medium Grit Sandpaper 100 grit
  • Mod Podge Sealer in High Gloss
  • Paintbrush medium flat tip and fine tip paintbrush
  • Cricut Joy
  • Smart Vinyl Permanent in white
  • Home Sweet Home SVG file
  • Weeding tool
  • Transfer Tape
  • Scissors

Instructions
 

Painting the Wooden Birdhouse

  • Paint the sides of the house using White Birch.
  • Paint the roof of the house and the bottom base using Black Tie.
  • Using a fine tip paint brush, also paint the post in Black Tie.
  • Using a piece of sandpaper, sand down all edges of the birdhouse painted in Black Tie, distressing mostly at the edges until the raw unfinished wood shows through.
  • Wipe off the dust with a clean, dry cloth.
  • Apply a coat of mod podge sealer all over the surface of the birdhouse. Leave it to dry before proceeding with the next step.

Uploading the SVG Pattern

  • Upload Home Sweet Home SVG File into Design Space.
  • With the image highlighted, click on attach to keep all pieces of the image together.
  • Adjust image size to fit your wooden birdhouse accordingly or maintain size as provided.
  • Color sync the image if desired to match the vinyl color.

Cutting

  • Ensure the machine is set to Cricut Joy and select “Make It” in Design Space.
  • Choose “Without Mat” as the option for cutting when using Smart Vinyl.
  • Set material type to Smart Vinyl.
  • Follow prompts for loading the mat into the Cricut Joy and cutting the Smart Vinyl. When prompted, unload the vinyl from the cutting machine.

Applying the Vinyl and Finishing the Birdhouse

  • Cut around the image with a pair of scissors.
  • Using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl around the cut image and discard.
  • Cut a piece of transfer tape a bit larger than the size of the image.
  • Peel away the transfer tape backing and place the transfer tape overtop of the cut image. Gently rub the vinyl to help it stick to the transfer tape.
  • Peel away the vinyl backing and place the image on to the roof of the house on a slight angle.
  • Peel away the transfer tape.
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Sunday 8th of November 2020

A wonderful thing! I had an idea to whom I can give such a set. Tell me, are there ready-made kits for sale to make such a birdhouse? Can you make a larger size so that it is not as decor, but a real birdhouse for birds? My neighbors have a huge tree. I would like to make him such a gift, more precisely, I would like to give a set so that they make this birdhouse for birds with their children and hang it on their tree. My neighbor is very fond of doing things with his hands. He made repairs in his house on his own. Only a couple of times I called the employees of the electrician and plumber firms.

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