These Christmas Cottages are for the Birds!

IMG_9864Sometimes I am amazed at what a little Mod Podge, and cocktail napkins can do to transform something.

My best resource for the cocktail napkins has been Tuesday Morning.  The unfinished wood birdhouses can be found at Michael’s and Joann’s for about a dollar.

They’re like little paper mosaics.

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and it gives me a chance to practice combining patterns and colors, a chance to play with out worrying, or stressing that it won’t look right.

I can tell a little story, and be whimsical!

I can mix mediums, like wrapping paper, old sheet music, crystals, buttons, sewing notions, feathers and moss.

If you want to try this, here are a couple of tips before you start.

Paint the entire birdhouse with white paint, to make the colors stand out better.

Here is one that I painted grey instead of white.  It came out darker, and even though I still love this one with it’s Bohemian vibe…..

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I like the cottage look of the white undertones.  But again, you can do whatever you want.

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There is a loop on top of most of them, so you can hang them on your Christmas tree.

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And there are ones without a loop, that can be placed on a little shelf or a bookcase. And you can look at it all year long.

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When you use the napkins, you can tear them in pieces, or use a whole sheet.  Just peel all of the inside layers away, so you only have the layer with the picture on it.

The main thing is to just have fun!

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Lorna

How many of us long for our own comfy cottage in the woods? I know I do! We can make our own comfy cottage, right here, right now, no matter where we live. I'm a mother of two, grandmother of two boys, interior designer who thinks out-of-the-box, up cycler, and interested in just about anything related to living comfortably and finding contentment, connecting with the Great Spirit in the natural world and respect for all beings who walk the earth.

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