Gingerbread Birdhouse
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Gingerbread Birdhouse

Add this fun gingerbread birdhouse to your holiday decorations!

Courtesy of DecoArt®.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
 
 
 
 
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 Americana Acrylic Paint, small

Americana Acrylic Paint

 

Material List

  • DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic Paints – Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Dark Chocolate, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Mink Tan, Milk Chocolate, Primary Red, Festive Green, Warm White and Cocoa
  • DecoArt® Snow Writer
  • DecoArt® Glamour Dust(TM) Glitter Paint – Ice Crystal
  • DecoArt® Sealers/Finishes
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer
  • Wooden Bird House, 12" (or Desired Size)
  • Paintbrushes – #10/0 Liner, #4 Round, #2 Flat and #4 Flat
  • Water Container
  • Paper Towels
  • Transfer Graphite Paper
  • Berry Maker, Medium
  • Stylus
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Pattern (download button below)
 

Project Instructions

Download pattern below and trace pattern templates onto stiff cardstock and cut out to use for pattern pieces throughout project.

Paint a base coat for birdhouse using Cocoa.

Using appropriate pattern piece, make shingles on roof starting from bottom edge all the way to top.

Using #4 flat brush, alternate colors of shingles with Milk Chocolate, Cocoa, and Mink Tan.

Using stylus, make Warm White dots on shingles.

Using pattern pieces, place each traced design onto birdhouse.

Mark off ¼" frame around door and paint Warm White. Paint door center Festive Green. Using Lamp Black, make checkerboard pattern around door, and outline on either side of frame. Use brush handle end to dot color lights around edge of door. When dry, dip dot Warm White highlight in each light.

Paint gingerbread boys Milk Chocolate. Highlight cookie center with Cocoa and paint Dark Chocolate shade line around edge. Using #10/0 liner brush and Warm White, make scalloped line of icing. Add buttons and bow tie of Primary Red. Using liner and Lamp Black, make smile and dot eyes. Dot Warm White highlights on each button.

Trace gumdrop shapes around birdhouse as desired. Paint gumdrops as desired. Highlight with small amount of Warm White mixed into each gumdrop color. Make line on one side of each and dot with Warm White.

Trace round windows. Paint a base coat Warm White. Using #4 round brush and Primary Red, paint heavy stripes in pattern.

Using liner and water-thinned Primary Red, paint fine lines of peppermint candy. Paint shadow on one side of each peppermint candy. Using liner brush and thinned Warm White, paint highlights on candy.

Trace shutters. Paint Cadmium Yellow; outline with Lamp Black. Make windowpanes using Warm White.

Trace scalloped icing edge along top of roof inside. Paint icing and birdhouse bottom Warm White.

Mark off ½" squares all around base. Paint every other square Lamp Black.

Using brush handle end, dot Warm White on bird house sides.

Apply sealer.

Glitter gumdrops and candies with Ice Crystal Glamour Dust™ glitter paint..

Outline icing scallops and roof tiles with Snow Writer.

Tips

Let paint dry between steps.