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Rustic birdhouse craft

Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. She loves to bake, cook and make crafts. She is the craft expert for FamilyCorner.com and Kaboose.com. You can see her crafty creations on Crafts by Amanda.

This charming rustic birdhouse is a great addition to any country decor. A perfect spring project, just don't put it outside, the birds may move in!

You will need:
1 wooden birdhouse (ours is 6")
Acrylic paint in barn red, coffee bean brown, black and antique white
Crackle medium
Paint brush
Twigs
1 large black button
Raffia
Scrap of country floral fabric, frayed
1 1/2" woodsie sign
Brown craft pen
Hot glue gun

What you do
Paint birdhouse completely with antique white and allow to dry. Following the directions on the crackle medium, apply a coat of crackle medium over the antique white, and allow to dry according to the manufacturer's directions (usually 15 to 45 minutes, or until tacky but not completely dry). Finish with a coat of barn red on the house, coffee bean on the roof, and black on the base. Again, follow the directions on the crackle medium! Use single brush strokes, DO NOT brush over and over, you will lose the crackle effect. Allow to dry completely. Following the same guidelines, use barn red as the base, then crackle, and antique white as the top coat for the sign. Allow to dry. Using hot glue gun, glue the twigs around the base of the birdhouse. Break some of the twigs into small pieces and glue randomly inside the doorway and window. Tie scrap of country floral fabric to one of the twigs.

Thread a piece of raffia through the holes of a large black button, tie into a bow and hot glue the button to the front of the birdhouse.

Using the brown craft pen, write the phrase "Welcome Friends" on the sign, draw on a small heart in the corner or use a rub on transfer. Hot glue the sign to the front of the birdhouse.

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