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These Crafts Are for the Birds

Bird House and Bird Feeders Crafts

Looking for a summer craft project? How about something for our feathered friends? Meet Louise Martin from Ajax, Ontario. She’s a regular reader and a talented crafter who gets most of her craft supplies from Dollarama. Louise very kindly consented to share with us how she completed two pretty bird-friendly pieces that now only await some winged visitors. 

 



Picture by Louise Martin

For these crafts you will need:

• one wooden bird house and/or wooden bird feeder, $2 each
• Deco art paint in the color or colors of your choice, $1 each bottle. (Louise used Colonial Blue, White & Red) 
• string of hearts on twine (Valentines) or plain twine for hanging, $1 per ball
• stencil that includes vines, $1 
• Krylon gloss spray varnish 

 

 


Picture by Louise Martin

Louise puts a great deal of effort into her projects. She prefers to take everything apart for sanding before painting it but, for our purposes, we’ll just use masking tape to protect the plastic insert on the bird feeder. Next, each piece is painted using two or three coats of paint, depending on how well the color covers. Louise applies the stencilling and then reassembles the birdhouse or feeder. 

She likes the dollar store stencils because they have adhesive on the back to keep them in place while she works. Finally, the whole thing gets a coat of Krylon spray gloss varnish to protect it from the weather. Louise says she finds the Krylon spray to be cheaper than craft store sprays.

For the red and white bird feeder, Louise employed a stamping technique.

 


Picture by Louise Martin


You will notice writing on Louise’s bird feeder. It says, “God gives every bird its food, but he doesn’t throw it into the nest.” I like that. Another sentiment used is “Love is all there is.”

To do this, Louise uses a script template downloaded from the internet and then uses transfer paper to put it on the project, but she stresses that painting the script is a difficult process as the paint has to be diluted to just the right consistency to get it to flow from the brush properly. The brush used is a 10/0 liner. Louise says she finds paint pens iffy and you can’t make corrections with them if you make a mistake. But you can choose to omit writing on your own creation.

You can see more of Louise’s work at www.soulwhispers.webs.com

 

 

For more dollar store crafts, please see: Easy to Make Crafts

 

 

 

 

 


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