So . . . who here likes garden gnomes? Raise your hand!! Me mee meee! Am I the only one raising my hand? Gnomes are so fun and remind me of spring – as do birdhouses. So to celebrate, I created a birdhouse for some of my family members with spring colors and a happy gnome. You’ll need a birdhouse to start, and the rest is fun.
Gather These Supplies
FolkArt Outdoor acrylic paint – Burnt Umber, Fresh Foliage, Pure Orange
Mod Podge Outdoor
Martha Stewart Woodland Critters paper
Martha Stewart Gnome and Woodland stickers
Martha Stewart Log Alphabet stickers
Cardstock – yellow, brown, orange
Paint your birdhouse with the FolkArt colors. I used Fresh Foliage for the sides, Burnt Umber for the roof and Pure Orange for the perch. This Outdoor paint is self-sealing and really durable, so you are good to put it outside. (PS – I just did the edges of the sides where I would be covering with paper).
While waiting for that to dry, I cut the papers to fit my birdhouse. I used one design around three sides, and another (woodgrain) design on the roof. It takes a minute, but it’s really about measuring and cutting carefully to get the exact fit – so it’s not hard, just time consuming.
At this time I also used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the mushroom shapes. You don’t have to do that though – you can draw and cut by hand just as easily.
Paint a medium layer of Outdoor Mod Podge on one side of the birdhouse.
Adhere the (nicely) trimmed paper and smooth thoroughly. Let it dry for 15 – 20 minutes and repeat on all sides.
Once dry, paint a coat of Outdoor Mod Podge over the whole birdhouse. Let dry and repeat.
I attached all of the embellishments with craft glue, then gave the entire birdhouse a third coat of Outdoor Mod Podge (including over the embellishments).