Friday, 14 August 2015

Bird House Upcycling

 Ocean Finance  have a lovely competition running. I was selected to take part and I am so pleased with the results. The competition is to upcycle a bird box, they supplied me with a plain bird house and gave me a voucher for Buddly Crafts to purchase craft supplies to decorate the house. 
As soon as I started looking through the Buddly craft website the ideas came flooding in. I saw the natural straw sticks and knew they would make a great thatched roof.  I bought some twine to place around the edge and some wooden birds to place on the top. I glued down two horizontal straws that over hung the edge of the roof. I then applied two layers of straws vertically on both sides and rounded the front and rear edge off. I then glued a single layer of straws over the middle whilst creating a pattern. To finish off the thatched roof I placed the twine around the scalloped edges and placed a line around an inch and half from the edge.  I topped the thatched roof with two birds that I had glued together. No thatched roof is complete without an animal placed on top. Be very careful if you choose a glue gun to stick down your straws, the glue gets hot and you may get burnt fingers.
Now for the decoration. I love pyrography so I knew I wanted to include this in my design. I bought some tags with a scalloped edge and wood burnt the words "Home Tweet Home" onto it. I also darkened the edges a little. I then searched the internet for a design that I could place around the entrance of my bird house. I came across a beautiful doodle that would fit perfectly. I wood burnt it onto my bird house and placed the wooden shapes I had bought around the side of the bird house to finish it off. 

Now all I need to do is find a safe place out of the cats reach and hope that new residents of the bird variety move in.

I really enjoyed upcycling this bird house, I may purchase some more to decorate and place around my garden.

Disclaimer- I was sent the bird house and a £25 voucher to purchase craft items


  1. Oh wow! What a transformation! You've made something so pretty from something so plain!

    Kelsey xx

  2. Oh my goodness it's beautiful!
    Good luck xoxo

  3. That's really pretty! We keep meaning to get one put up as we have so many little birds come visit and our old one got knocked one sadly.

  4. I love it, what a gorgeous design you have put on the front :)