In my last house the whole upstairs was decorated in a garden theme. And I had to have a tree for the upstairs, but I didn’t have any ornaments to fit in with that theme. So of course I had to make some, but what to make?
Well, on a trip to my craft shop I found these cute pre-cut wooden birdhouses. And I thought they’d be perfect for Christmas ornaments. They were fun to make because I got to decide on the design and wasn’t restricted to the pattern molded on like I was with the plaster ornaments.
- Fine and medium size paint brushes
- Several colors of paint
- Small screw eye hooks
- Fishing line or pretty ribbon
- Drill and drill bit one size smaller than the eye hooks
- Vice or some method to mechanically hold the wood blanks, you don’t want to hold them in your hand when drilling the hole for the eye hook.
The process to make these is quite simple and they are so adorable when they are really adorable. They are only about 2 to 3 inches in size.
- Before painting put the ornament in the vice
- Drill the hole for the eye hook. I put the eye hook in before painting for two reasons. 1) If I cracked the ornament from drilling I was less heartbroken because I hadn’t painted it yet 2) The eye hook gave you something to hold on to while painting.
- Put the eye hook in – buy a few more than you need I had a few break off. Be careful twisting them in they are on the delicate side. Do not over tighten.
- Thread the fishing line / ribbon thru the eye hook and tie so you have a loop hanger. VIOLA! Pretty and adorable bird house.
Ornament countdown links:
- Day 10 – Cross Stitch Pillow Ornaments
- Day 9 – Mini Quilt Block Ornaments
- Day 7 – Marbled Glass Ball Ornaments
- Day 6 – Cookie Cutter Ornaments
- Day 5 – Beaded Snowflake Ornaments
- Day 4 – Painted Plaster Santas & Houses
- Day 3 – Fused Glass Ornaments
- Day 2 – Stamped Image in a Glass Ball Ornament
- Day 1 – Handprint Snowmen Ornaments