I am up today over on the Creative Embellishments blog.  I made this project for a swap with the theme of second chances. The main part of your project had to be from something that you would normally recycle or throw away.  I was inspired by the Prima bird house frames and decided to construct my own version out the cardboard inserts from long johns (I layered them so that it would be more sturdy) and pop cans.  I used the Prima Engraver paper line  to cover my structure.  I went over the paper on the outside with dry brushing gesso to tone the paper down.

 I used Krylon Glitter Blast sprays on the birds and then went over them with rust Lumiere paint.  For the branch I added texture paste and then painted it in chocolate brown and highlighted in tan acrylic paint. I added raw chipboard gears around the front intermixed with the roses.  I added pieces of the chicken wire panel to the front, sides, roof, and back.  I inked with bronze Lumiere paint.  I added a little banner across the front along with a Prima bird bath, little home sign, and nest.  Around the front and back of the bird house I added some vines that I had in my stash.

 For the roof I cut apart two pop cans.  I layered over the top of them metal HVAC tape to make a patchwork stile roof.  I ran it through my little crimping tool and then used alcohol inks.

Supplies Used:




Branches (set of 3)


Gear Set 2 Small


Chicken Wire Panel