The sweet sound of birds chirping outside my window is a telltale sign that spring is trying really hard to get here. We are just one day away from the official start of the new season and so I was inspired to share a cheerful little DIY inspired by our feathered friends.
I wanted to reimagine the concept without the use of a sewing machine. Having used these little wooden bird houses from the local dollar store for other crafts before, I thought they would make the perfect foundation.
I have quite a collection of fabric samples and remnants from other projects so this was a great way to put those tiny pieces to use in a creative way.
(Fabric selection shown all from Tonic Living, see list at bottom of post for detail.)
Each house has four different fabrics on it. One for the roof, one for the front, one for each side (the same fabric per side) and one for the bottom of the house.
For my first pass on the these I attempted to use spray glue, but I found it was time consuming having to hold the fabric in place until it adhered. So I went with my old standard – the hot glue gun. You have to work fast, but don’t worry if you make a mistake you can still pull the fabric away if you need to.
You basically want to approach this like you’re wrapping a present. Starting with the bottom of the birdhouse, centre your fabric over the base and then dab a bead of glue in the middle to secure it.
Wrap the four sides up and over the edge of the base, bringing it onto the side of the actual house wall, then glue in place. Work on opposite sides first and fold over your fabric at the corners to get a nice smooth seam.
Repeat this step with the roof. Securing the two flat sides down first and then wrapping around under the eaves of the birdhouse. Make sure your fabric comes right in tight to the edge, as this is where it will meet up with your next fabric. You can either use a single piece for the entire roof or two pieces cut. I chose to do an overhang on the top of the roof from one side to the other as I felt this looked cleaner then joining the two sides at the top. Use pinking shears to trim your fabric to prevent fray and give it a sharper finished look.
Next you can move on to the two sides of the birdhouse. Run a bead of glue under the roofline and secure the top of your fabric in place. Then fold the bottom under and glue along the bottom edge of the house.
Wrap around the back and secure in place. Then do the same on the front.
The finished side should look like this.
Now for the front of the house. This is a bit trickier, but be patient, you can do it. Lay your fabric over the front of the house and trim around the outside shape of your house. Using the house as a guide will give you just enough fabric to fold over and glue in place for smooth edges. Start on one side, fold the edge over and glue down. Then do the other side.
Cut a small slit for your hole and the little perch. Then move to the bottom edge, pull the fabric taught, fold over and glue in place. Do the same for each side, tucking the fabric under and meeting at the edge for a clean line.
You’ll need to make little snips around the peephole opening to get it to take on the round shape. Once glued in place, the opening can look a little unfinished so I took a piece of coordinating ribbon and trimmed around the inside of the hole.
I found these pretty little clip-on birds at Michael’s and simply attached them right onto the perch for an extra bit of whimsy.
I did three birdhouses in total using twelve different fabrics.
I’ve sourced them below in case your curious although I can’t guarantee they are still in stock as I just used remnants and samples from projects I’ve done over the past few years.
- Blue gingham check on clearance from Fabricland
- Floral, similar found here
- Emilio, Lemon Drop by Braemore
- Flatiron pattern, other colours available
- Flatiron, Grass from Tonic Living
- Zoo Dot, Pink by Tonic Living
- Tempo, Salsa by P. Kaufmann
- Pink Stripe, similar by Tonic Living
- Deck Chair Stripe, Algae by P. Kaufmann
- It’s A Hoot, Jewel by P. Kaufmann
- Emilio, Grasshopper by Braemore
- Floral, similar found here
The girls were instantly charmed by this delightful trio and wanted to lay claim to a house of their own.
Our birdies and their sweet little abodes are currently taking up residence on our playroom wall and are a happy reminder of warmer days ahead.
Has the promise of spring inspired you to craft anything special lately?