Church Birdhouse
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Church Birdhouse

Turn an ordinary wood birdhouse into a delightful sanctuary birdhouse. This birdhouse makes a great centerpiece when displayed in the grapevine wreath shown. Trim the wreath with your choice of spring flowers!

Jean Kievlan for Loew-Cornell

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Don Mechanic Ent., Wood Church Birdhouse
  • Loew-Cornell®
  • Comfort Handle™ Paintbrush, ½-inch Wash
  • Comfort Handle™ Paintbrush, No. 12 Shader
  • Comfort Handle™ Paintbrush, No. 4 Round
  • Loew-Cornell® Compressed Sponges, 1 Pkg.
  • Loew-Cornell® Brush Bin II, 1
  • Loew-Cornell® 6 Well Paint Palette, 1
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic PaintDon Mechanic Ent., Wood Church Birdhouse
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, French Vanilla
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, Raw Sienna
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, Dark Burnt Umber
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, Forest Green
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, Grey Sky
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, Slate Grey
  • DecoArt® Americana™ Acrylic Paint, Venetian Gold Dazzling Metallic
  • Grapevine Wreath with Ivy Greenery, 14-inch, 1
  • Mini Grapevine Wreath, 2 ½-inch
  • Green Moss
  • Tiny Cream Silk Flowers
  • Burgundy Berries
  • Burgundy Silk Flowers
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Wire Cutters

Project Instructions

Step: 1

Paint the church Snow White. Shade the edges with Raw Sienna.

Step: 2

Cut a ½-inch x ¾-inch piece of compressed sponge. Expand the sponge in water, then squeeze out excess moisture.

Step: 3

Dip sponge in French Vanilla, then sponge bricks onto the church. Stagger bricks as shown in the photo.

Step: 4

When dry, shade bricks with Raw Sienna.

Step: 5

Paint the roof and perch Grey Sky. Shade edges and vertical slats with Slate Grey.

Step: 6

Paint the base Forest Green.

Step: 7

Paint the door Raw Sienna. Shade the door edges and shade to create wood planks with Dark Burnt Umber.

Step: 8

Paint the lower part of the steeple with Snow White, then shade with Raw Sienna. Paint the top part of the steeple with Raw Sienna. Shade the edges with Dark Burnt Umber. Drybrush Dark Burnt Umber area of steeple with Venetian

Step: 9

Gold Metallic.

Step: 10

Glue a mini wreath or coiled grapevine around the entry hole. Glue green moss and flowers on the wreath.

Step: 11

Refer to photo. Glue berries, dried flowers and silk flowers in the wreath. Set church on wreath to display.


Use a Loew-Cornell compressed sponge to sponge the ‘bricks’ on the birdhouse.