Thursday, February 17, 2011

Things to Make Thursday! Bird House Planter

Spring is coming! What better way to welcome it than with this lovely bird house planter. I found this idea on

Bird House Planter

Here's a decorative bird house planter that you can make yourself from easily obtainable supplies.

Craft Supplies:

1 piece of pine or similar wood, measuring 2 inches by 1-1/2 inches by approximately 2 feet

wooden bird house (available craft, garden and dollar stores)

wooden Box (slightly larger than bird house)

4 Wood Balls (flat on one side]

Paint: White and Taupe

Outdoor Varnish

Stickers or Rub-Ons

Fine Crackle medium

Paint Brush

Wood Glue

Fine Sandpaper

Small screws and screwdriver

A small hand saw may also be needed (see instructions below)

Craft Project Instructions
How to:

Use fine grit sandpaper to sand all wooden pieces. Depending on the bird house you choose, you may need to create a notch at the top of the pine wood piece to allow the bird house to lie flat against it. If your bird house will do this already, you can skip this step, otherwise place your bird house against the pine piece at one end and mark the pine where a notch is necessary. Using a saw, cut as deep as necessary through the pine piece creating a notch to fit the bird house. Sand cut area.

Paint your wooden pieces with white or taupe paint. I chose to paint the walls of the bird house in white, but the roof was done in an off-white taupe color. You can choose which combination that you think will look best. Once all pieces are painted with one or two coats, set them aside to dry completely.

Once the paint is dry, attach the wood balls to the bottom of the box with glue and allow to dry. Using small screws, attach the planter box to the bottom of the pine strip and the birdhouse to the top. Using glue between the wood pieces will give a little extra strength.

Once your entire planter is assembled, place rub-on transfers or stickers (I used both) as desired. Be sure that all of your transfers and stickers have adhered well.

Apply crackle medium to the entire planter, following manufacturer instructions and allow to dry completely. Once dry, mix one part water to one part taupe paint and wipe over entire planter, creating a more defined aged affect. You want to fill the cracks completely while leaving the smooth areas clean of paint.

Once your paint is dry, apply one to three coats of outdoor varnish to all of the wood. If you plan on using this planter with living plants, it's very important that you use a quality varnish.

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