We love birdhouses! In fact we have a whole Birdhouse category here on the blog. Our newest project is a Fabric Covered Birdhouse. We used one piece of fabric and cut out flowers from it. Then we used Mod Podge to decoupage them onto the birdhouse. We tried to make it look like we used three different pieces of fabric by painting the backgrounds different colors and using different flowers for each side. We think it turned out pretty cute!
Here’s a video we made of this whole Mod Podge project. See how we made the Fabric Covered Birdhouse and then, if you want to make your own, you can also use the instructions below.
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How To Make A Fabric Covered Birdhouse
Unfinished wooden birdhouse
Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Craft Paints: Deep Ocean Blue #2555, Lemonade #904, Green #408
Matte Finish Mod Podge
Scissors (We love Fiskars Easy Action scissors. You can check them out on Amazon here.)
Fabric (Legacy Studio: Calliope Floral Fantasy Fabric)
Daisy trim, white
1. For this project, we painted each side of the birdhouse a different color. Then we cut out flowers and created our own fabric designs over the painted sides. You can create your own designs, but if you want to use ours, here’s what to do.
Start by painting the birdhouse front blue. To get clean edges when you are painting, paint with the flat paintbrush and sweep the paint right off the edge along the sides. Along the base and under the eaves use the flat edge of the paintbrush and push the paint right up to the edge. Wiggle the paintbrush back and forth. (This is easy to show, than explain! It’s in the video.) Finally, paint the inside edge of the birdhouse hole.
2. Paint the birdhouse roof and the base green.
3. Paint the back and sides yellow.
4. To create your own fabric design, cut out flowers and leaves from the fabric. We picked big flowers for the roof design and the birdhouse front. We chose leaves for the sides. (The scissors in the picture are the Fiskars Easy Cut scissors. We love these scissors. They are much easier to use for a lot of cutting.)
5. Set the big flowers on the birdhouse front. We recommend placing the flowers so they run off the edge like fabric. Trim them along the edge. You can reuse the cut off part in another spot. Then paint a layer of Mod Podge under each flower and then over each flower. Press the fabric with your fingers to remove any wrinkles while the Mod Podge is still wet. (We used Matte Mod Podge so the finish would look more like fabric.)
6. Use the same technique to decoupage flowers onto the roof. Decoupage small flowers and leaves onto the sides and back of the birhdouse. Let dry. Finally, paint the whole birdhouse with a coat of Matte Mod Podge.
7. To trim the roof edge, cut two pieces of the daisy trim to fit. We just set it on the eave and cut it to fit. Paint the eaves with the Mod Podge, then press the trim onto the eaves. Coat the top of the trim with another coat of Mod Podge. Paint a dot of the yellow craft paint in the center of each daisy. Little Trick: We used the end of the paintbrush to do this.
Do you love birdhouses too? What have you done to yours? Leave us a note in the comments! Happy Crafting,
Jennifer & Kitty