Many people decorate the inside of their homes but the outside sometimes gets ignored. If you have a porch there are lots of different chimes, windsocks and similar things you can use to create a new look for that porch. If you don’t have a porch, though, you can still make some outdoor decorations that are good all year long; ones that can be hung on tree branches and other areas. Windsocks are one such group. There are lots of ways to make them and most any windsock you make will be cheap and easy.
If you enjoy sewing, plus you love birdhouses, there’s a project you can do that will create a unique windsock for your home. The birdhouse windsock is unusual and adorable. It won’t take many materials and it won’t take much effort to make it. There are few specifics involved with this project; make it and decorate it the way you want.
The perfect fabric for the birdhouse windsock is the kind that is made for creating yard flags. It’s thin and slick and sold at most any fabric store. You’ll need a couple of different colors – at least – to make the birdhouse. Although you will need a yard or so for the main part of the house you’ll need only scraps of the other colors.
Decide how wide you want your new birdhouse to be. At the same time, decide how tall it will be. Cut four identical panels, each to the height and width you want, then sew them together at their edges. Position the first two panels so that their right sides are facing. Stitch down one side. Open the two pieces, lay a third piece on the second one, with right sides together, and stitch down one side. Do this once again, and after stitching down the one side, put the first and fourth piece together and stitch down the final side. You should now have four squares that are in the shape of a box. This is the main part of the birdhouse.
To make a roof for the house cut two pieces of the material. The pieces should be wide enough to cover the top of the birdhouse. Place the two pieces, with right sides together, under the presser foot. Stitch around three sides of the cloth, take it out from the machine, then turn the material right side-out. Stitch the open area closed. Fold the material in half and stitch across the fold. This will create the upside-down “v” shape needed to make the roof. Position the roof on the house and pin it in place. Stitch it in the areas where it touches the top of the house.
Cut long strips of the material to make the pieces that will blow in the wind. Stitch these around the bottom of the birdhouse, attaching them to the inside, at the bottom edge of the house. Align the strips all the way around the four sides of the house.
Cut tiny pieces of fabric in shapes of windows and a door and stitch or glue them to the house. Other things you can attach include a picture of a bird or two, cut from cloth, flower images and even window boxes. Stitch on a loop of cord at the top to hang the beautiful birdhouse and you’re done! Don’t you love it?