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