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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Feelin' Patriotic 3 - Birdhouse

My patriotic checkered birdhouse project is next in this series. I spotted this birdhouse in our barn shortly after we were married. I liked the shape and occasionally used it as part of the decor in our old farmhouse in the Saginaw area.

The birdhouse was still in raw form and has been packed away since we moved to the U.P. - up until last week.

I had several ideas about what to do to it through the years but hadn't thought about it recently until it came to mind when I saw the basket tray liners at Dollar Daze in Saginaw. Hmmm. How about a patriotic theme with Mod Podge? Sounded good.

I had seen the box that contained the birdhouse in our basement several times in the last year, so I was able to find it quickly last week. Mr. Cut Off was in the basement when I pulled out the birdhouse. He was probably amused that I didn't want to sand it, pound the joints together more tightly or straighten the little hanger. I liked that it looked a little rough and primitive.

Now that I was a Mod Podge pro with a total of one previous project under my belt, I attacked this project with confidence. I cut my sheets of checkered basket tray liners to fit - beginning with the front and moving on to the sides - all in red. I repeated the process I used with my checkered flag. I used a sponge brush to paint on a thin layer of Mod Podge - positioned the paper on the birdhouse - allowed it to dry a bit - and then brushed on 2 thin layers of Mod Podge over the paper - allowing it to dry between each coat.

After the front and sides of the birdhouse were thoroughly dry, I repeated the process with the blue paper on the roof.

I opted to leave the front edges bare.

It was a simple project, but it adds a little touch of red, white & blue to our summer decor.

Oh. . . the peanut bag on the back of the Amish buggy bench? That's a future project. I think it wants to be a pillow. (Update: It DID want to be a pillow! You can see that project here.)

I still have a few more patriotic things to show you, so expect Feelin' Patriotic 4 later this week.

All is well in the Keweenaw.

26 comments:

  1. That is a really cute project! Visiting from SYC.

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    1. Wow, that was fast! I just posted this on SYC! Thanks for the compliment!

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  2. Your birdhouse is so cute! It's perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and July 4.

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  3. Really cute Julie! I love checks and I love Americana décor. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  4. Super cute & such an easy way to decorate it. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Theresa, for the compliment and the pin!

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  5. Very sweet birdhouse. Love the technique. Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & digging It.

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  6. I think I got more engrossed in reading about Keweenaw. Love the bench and waiting for the peanut bag project.

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    1. Thanks, Mayuri! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about the Keweenaw. It's a special place. If you want to see the peanut bag project, go back to that paragraph in this post and click on the word "here" in purple letters. It will take you to the post about the peanut bag.

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  7. Such a cute upcycling project! :) Thanks for sharing it at Sew It Cook It Craft It.

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  8. I'm featuring this fun idea at my Party in Your PJs that starts tonight. It's at Grandma Ideas http://grandmaideas.com.

    Thanks for sharing such a fun idea!
    Nina

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    1. Wow! Thank you, Nina! I'll check it out and I have a cute printable to share this week. Thanks again!

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  9. oh I LOVE the rustic look to the birdhouse--you were right it did look good like that! Thanks for linking up to the friday frenzy : )

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  10. Aww that is such a sweet little bird house. You did a great job with the mod podge. And you wouldn't know it that you had only done one previous project. I have a love hate relationship with Mod Podge!

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    1. Thanks for making me laugh! I understand what you mean about Mod Podge, as I've used it several times since this project. I appreciate the comment, Mary!

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  11. Very pretty project... especially with how you display it on the bench... so nice. :)

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  12. This is totally adorable! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us at the Celebrate the USA link party!!

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Laurie.

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  13. I love birdhouses, and this one is too cute!!! I love the shape, and now you've given it a makeover to make it patriotic and pretty!

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    1. I really appreciate your kind remarks! Thank you!

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