Some of them were in the dollar bin section and others were shelved on the aisles with other unfinished wood projects. Along with the birdhouses, I bought several sheets of scrapbook paper in bright spring colors and some matte Modge Podge. To start the project, cut off the rope or wire at the top of each birdhouse and give each house a quick sanding with some fine grit sandpaper. The next step is to figure out the size and shape of paper that you need to cover your birdhouses. For the cylindrical and rectangular birdhouses, this involves taking just a few measurements.
After making sure that the circles cut out of your scrapbook paper match up with the perch and the opening on the front of your birdhouse, use a small paintbrush to spread Modge Podge on the front of your birdhouse and then smooth the paper down over it.
For the cylindrical birdhouse, apply Modge Podge all the way around the birdhouse and wrap the paper around it, cutting off any excess paper where the two sides meet in the back. For the other birdhouses, measure the sides (and the backs and/or roofs of the birdhouses if you want them covered), cut the scrapbook paper to the appropriate size, and glue the paper on with Modge Podge. Once all of your birdhouses are covered in paper, brush Modge Podge over top of all of the paper-covered surfaces to seal and protect them.
For the place card names, simply print the names out from your computer in your desired color and font. Then cut them into small rectangles (leaving some extra space above the name) and hole punch the paper so it can slip onto the birdhouse perch. Voila – birdhouse place cards!
My daughters were off of school yesterday and they LOVE to craft so while I was making the birdhouse place cards, they were busy working on a craft of their own – DIY Easter napkin rings. I’ll share their fun, kid-friendly DIY napkin ring project with you tomorrow!