Wednesday, March 28, 2012

For the Birds....

Spring has sprung...It's here, It's here!

I thought I would spruce up my mantle with a little spring decoration and this is what I came up with...




Kinda sweet, huh?

This is what I used to make it....


Unfinished Wooden Birdhouse,
 I got mine from JoAnn for $1

Mod Podge{not pictured above}

Craft Paint
 I used "Mississippi Mud" Americana Acrylic Paint for the first coat, and an "oops" paint in a grey/blue for the top coat

Scrapbook Paper

Paint Brushes

To start...Hire an assistant to paint the entire piece brown
{my assistant gets paid in hugs and kisses}




Next, I painted the birdhouse with the top coat...the grey/blue paint. Once it was dry, I cut scrapbook paper to fit the roof and painted Mod Podge on the design side of the paper. I then placed the paper design side down and smoothed it out...


I let the Mod Podge dry for about 3 hours or so...and then I soaked my fingers in a bowl of water and slowly started to rub the paper away....


As the paper starts to roll away, you will see that the design of the paper has been transferred to the wood. It's a pretty magical process and I get excited every single time I do this technique.
I like that it has a smooth painted on look rather than a bulky paper look when using the traditional Mod Podge decoupage technique

After all the paper has been removed, I painted a layer of Matte Mod Podge to finish and protect the piece....




I added a sweet little bird charm and called it done!

What do you think??
Are you as happy as I am that Spring is here?!

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9 comments:

  1. That is so charming,and what a clever way to dress up that little house! Love that you had a helper as well!

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  2. Just Precious!!!!!
    What A Cool Project For You & Li'l Man!

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  3. Ack - this is what I'm doing today. I'm so excited. I have never heard about that little scrapbookpaper/mod podge trick but I'm going to try that too. I'll let you know how I make out. Awesome tutorial.

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  4. What a Qt assistant ;) That turned out great. Love the vintage-y, weathered look. I am going to have to try some mod podge one of these days...

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  5. That is so stinkin' cool! I've seen you post about this technique before, and I really want to try it. As soon as I get my life back after we get into a new house, I'm totally going to do this. I wish we could have a craft playdate! Wouldn't that be fun!

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  6. Adorable bird house and charm! Your little man is adorable too!

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  7. Totally cool transfer technique...I want to try it!!

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  8. This isnt wokring completely for me...are there any tricks ? It will transfer some of the way....but then some rips off...was i gettng it too wet..not enough modge podge...not careful enough?thanks

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  9. Love how you decorated this little bird house!!

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