I've compiled some super easy tutorials for some super cute Christmas decor ideas to share over the next few days. Things you can give as gifts, like the little birdie blinged out birdhouse, simple rosette votive holders to use all year, pinecone door ornaments, and painted glass ornaments. Then I've pinned a little, for some more Christmas inspiration. Check back throughout the next few days and spread the handmade love this year.
For today, I've always wanted to fancy up those wooden bird houses that you see at Michaels and Joann's. There's only one problem... I don't think I've painted anything since finger paints and watercolors in elementary school. I mean, I'm a crafty gal and everything, but painting with a brush- totally out of the question. Painting with a can- now that's something I have experience with. Anyhow, I decided that it probably can't be too hard to mess up a $2 wood house using white. If it was a complete failure, I could always spray paint it, right?
Good ol' fashion acrylic paint. I don't think it really matters how fancy or expensive it is for this project, as it's going to get covered most of the way with glitter.
Krylon Glitter Blast Glitter Spray. You can find it at Joann's, A.C. Moore or Michaels. I used gold, but go with what you like.
Paint brush- the bristle kind, not the sponge kind. It can be an old, rickety, used one or new.
Embellishments- Swarovski crystals, ribbon, beads, etc
The How To:
Take the white acrylic paint and pour some in a little dish or plastic container. Just dip your brush and slap it one the wood. I would definitely leave some areas where the paint does NOT cover the wood. This will give it a nice texture/dimension when it dries and also give a little bit of rustic charm to your house. The birds are going to love it!
Paint the house on all sides and just be messy! Then wait for it to dry according to manufacturer's instructions. Clean up your brush under tap water immediately so it doesn't ruin your brush for another use.
When it's all dry, take it outside and in a well ventilated area, spray the glitter spray to your heart's content. You can get thick or thin layers of glitter and both look fabulous. Careful because the glitter comes out of the container like a bat out of he**. It definitely didn't seem as streamlined as regular spray paint.
When that's all dry, embellish to your heart's desire. I used Jolee's Hot Fix Swarovski Crystals. Ribbon trim would look really cute, too.
Lots of glitter spray
Some glitter spray
A little glitter spray
I was able to change how much glitter there was on each house AFTER it dried. I just took a little piece of sandpaper and lightly sanded areas to remove the glitter. I did it along the edges of the last house and random throughout the second house. The firs house I left full of glitter because I heard some of the birds are just a bit more on the wild side than others.
These would make great gifts or you could even keep them to hang on your tree.