Thursday, July 14, 2011

WYLTC: Crafty Sisters

Who doesn't love birds & bird houses?
Hi, it's Nicole and Candace again from Crafty Sisters!
We were so excited to do this month's project with WYLTC!
We thought it would be fun for both of us to do some projects inspired by birds
and show some different takes!
I just had to do something with letters
especially since it's what I love to do!
I found a fun font which I then cut out of 3/4" MDF using a scroll saw.
I had to have something with some curl
to mimic the fun scroll work on Melinda's cute birdhouse!
Each letter and shape was then painted a nice burnt umber,
(I always use a 1 part H2O, 2 part paint solution so you don't get any paint globs)
papered and mod podged
with cute scrap booking paper, rhinestones, ribbon and some wire to stand the birds up.
Using the Cricut I cut out the little letters from white card stock
and used a piece of dowel for the birdhouse perch.
The birdhouse was glued together using Gorilla Glue wood glue.
Can I just say "it is AWESOME"!
You'll never want to use anything else after you've used it!
Anytime you are mod podging paper onto letters
a great tip is to use sanding tools to sand the edges off for that painted on finished feel.
You can pick up some great tools for pretty cheap at Harbor Freight.
I got this set of mini files plus a larger one for about $7.  Not bad....
I was pretty happy with how they turned out and they are
a fun summer decoration for my home!
Next up Candace found some extra cedar boards laying around her garage
 and built a bright & colorful birdhouse planter.
Isn't it great?
She filled the planter full of some of her favorite annuals and hung it by chain on her fence.
  The little pop of color is so fun in the yard! 
Candace also added a picket fence in front and painted it bright blue
 to give it the birdhouse a little character. 
It took about 1 1/2 cedar boards, and a wood slat to build this simple planter.
She made sure to add lots of wood screws and glue to safely hold all the flowers and dirt.
(make sure to pre-drill those holes! Cedar splits easily!)
The nail gun was perfect to adhere the picket fence slats, along with a little Gorilla Glue.
The water handle was a whimsical touch for a birdhouse.
She scuffed it up a bit with some sandpaper.
(why she has an extra faucet head laying around is a whole other story
that includes our Dad coming to the rescue again!)
Two very fun and very different projects!
We can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
Thanks for hosting Melinda and giving us such great inspiration!!


Serious cuteness!  Thanks so much Crafty Sisters for sharing the craftiness with us.  Two houses in one post!  Keep in mind we will be having the linky party tomorrow.   Link up anything crafty having to do with birds.  Can't wait to see what your all up to.

1 comment:

  1. Adorable you two! I just love them both! I particularly love the scrolly font for the " home" and the water handle on the planter. I love reading everyones tips for each post. I learn something new every time! Nice work!


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