Aleene's® Birdhouse Fairy Cottage
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Aleene's® Birdhouse Fairy Cottage

It's easy to transform a plain wood miniature birdhouse into an adorable fairy cottage with Aleene's(R) Super Thick Tacky Glue.
Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Aleene's® Super Thick Tacky Glue
  • Craft Sticks
  • Craft Knife
  • Ruler
  • Wire Cutters
  • Toothpick
  • Wooden Birdhouse, Mini
  • Plastic Fairy
  • Acrylic Paint – Black, White and Brown
  • Paintbrushes – Fine-tip and ½" Shader
  • Sheet Moss
  • Silk Flowers

Project Instructions

Step 1 Use ruler and pencil to draw straight lines from birdhouse opening to bottom. Use craft knife to score/cut along pattern lines. It is best to use a sharp craft knife for this step so that it will cleanly cut through the wood.

Step 2 If needed, use pliers to pull cut piece from birdhouse.

Step 3 Continue to pull away cut piece and do not worry if it does not come out completely clean. You will be gluing craft sticks over the cut edges.

Step 4 Using your sharp craft knife, you will cut away a section that looks like the door opening in this photograph.

Step 5 For an added effect of the look of wood, glue craft sticks to the outside of the birdhouse. Mark, measure and cut your craft sticks with wire cutters.

Step 6 Cut and glue craft sticks to fit front of house. The craft sticks slightly cover the opening so if you have any rough cut edges, you can use the craft sticks to cover them. Apply the Aleene's® Super Thick Tacky Glue to the back of the craft sticks with a toothpick.

Step 7 For the roof detail, I cut varied lengths of craft sticks and glued them to the rooftop.

Step 8 To create a weathered wood look, use a fine brush to paint black along the edges of the craft sticks. Let dry. Paint with a whitewash of white. Use the Aleene's® Super Thick Tacky Glue to glue pieces of moss over sections of the roof.

Step 9 You can also glue several pieces of craft sticks together to create a "Fairy Cottage" sign. Use a black permanent marker for the lettering and paint with the same whitewash technique.

Step 10 Paint rope hanger brown. For a pretty touch on your Fairy Cottage, glue silk flowers over the moss.

Craft Notes

Crafted for Michaels by Heidi Borchers courtesy of cool2craft.