Decoupage bird houses are easy and inexpensive to make. They also have a variety of uses. They can be used in gift baskets, as table decorations, wall art, indoor pet bird sanctuaries, or used outside to house our feathered friends.
Most major craft stores will contain all of the items you will need to successfully make a highly personalized decoupage bird house.
To create a decoupage bird house you will need to assemble together the following materials.
• 1 in black foam brush
• 1 sheet fine grain sandpaper
• 1 small paintbrush
• Decoupage medium
• Decoupage papers
• Royal Coat Decoupage finish
• Acrylic paints (assorted colors)
• Tape measurer
• Small utility knife
• Unfinished birdhouse
Begin by taking out your ruler and measuring all sides of the unfinished bird house. Transfer the measurements to your decoupage papers and mark off your cut lines. Use a compass to mark where the birdhouse opening and perch is onto your decoupage paper.
Take your scissors and cut the decoupage papers according to your previous measurements.
Proceed by using a small brush and some acrylic paint to decorate the perch and any other areas that you prefer to adorn with paint as opposed to the decoupage papers.
After the painted areas are thoroughly dry use the 1 inch foam brush to apply the decoupage medium to the back side of one of the decoupage papers.
Adhere the decoupage paper to the bird house and continue the process until all of the desired decoupage papers have been used.
If any bubbles occur under the decoupage papers use your small utility knife to pop them and then smooth out the bubbled edges. Remember that decoupage paper can be a very forgiving material while it is still wet and pliable.
Next, allow the decoupage surfaces to dry completely. Once they are dry apply another layer of decoupage medium to the top of the decoupage papers. Allow the top layer to dry as well.
After the top layer of decoupage medium has thoroughly dried check the surface for rough edges. Use the fine grit sandpaper to lightly sand any rough spots. Be sure to wipe off any residual decoupage dust when you are through sanding.
Finish off the project by applying a layer of Royal Coat Decoupage Finish Spray. Note: once you spray the birdhouse with the finishing spray it will be tacky to the touch. Avoid handling the project until the finishing spray has had a chance to dry entirely.
Once your decoupage bird house has been spray finished and allowed to dry you may use it as you see fit.