Polymer Clay Accented Birdhouse
This polymer clay embellished wood birdhouse makes a great decorative addition to any home.
Designed by Britta Lautenschlager
- Sculpey III® (1 package each): Spring Lilac, Yellow, String Bean, White, Just Orange, Tan, French Blue, Black
- Premo! (1 package each): Silver, Fuchsia
- Pasta Machine
- Acrylic Roller
- Needle Tool
- Clay Blade
- Small Ball Stylus
- Polyform™ Oven Bake Clay Template
- Small Cutters: Leaf, Heart, Flowers
- Acrylic Paint: Yellow, Very Light Yellow
- Old Toothbrush
- Baking Sheet covered with plain copy paper
Getting Started: Do not use unbaked clay on unprotected furniture or finished surfaces. Knead clay for 2 minutes. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275 ºF (130 ºC) for 15 minutes per 6mm (¼-inch) of thickness. Do not use in microwave oven. Do not exceed the above temperatures or recommended baking time. Baking should be completed by an adult. Wash hands after use.
Paint birdhouse with the acrylic paints; use the lighter yellow on the face and sides of the house, the darker yellow on the roof. Set aside to dry.
Make three bean shapes (one Spring Lilac and two Fuchsia) and decorate with matching flowers made by putting five drops together creating a flower shape, add a tiny Yellow ball to the middle of the flower shape. Push the Yellow ball into the middle of the flower petals and poke with a needle tool for detail.
Place flower clusters onto the house carefully pressing them to the house to avoid destroying them.
Cut out or make several medium and large String Bean green drop shapes for leaves adding lines into them for veins and decorating the space around the flower clusters.
Make wreath by making a ring out of a String Bean green clay snake to fit around the hole. Decorate with tiny detailed leaves and tiny flowers that have tiny Yellow balls for the middle. Place around the hole.
Roll out a thin sheet of White clay and cut three 2-inch x ¼-inch shapes for the fence, cut one of the narrow ends into a pointed peak shape (these are the upright parts of the fence). Cut four ¾-inch x 1/8-inch pieces (these are the cross beams of the fence) place onto the house to make the fence.
Roll out some String Bean clay to put under the fence for grass and add some flowers in Yellow and Just Orange. Roll up some very thin strips of clay.
Make a tiny green inchworm and set on the fence.
To make the shovel roll out a snake of Tan clay that is about 1/8-inch diameter by 2-inches long and flatten it slightly on one side. Roll a sheet of Silver clay and cut out a ¾-inch circle. Shape one edge of the circle into a point so it looks like the “scoop” part of the shovel. Attach the “scoop” part of the shovel to the handle using a small cut strip of Silver clay.
Make a flowerpot by flattening a ¾-inch ball of French Blue clay and shaping it into a flowerpot. Give the pot some texture using an old toothbrush. Make a ½-inch ball of String Bean green to place on top of the pot to attach leaves and White flowers with Yellow balls for the middle, attach to the house.
Make the butterflies by cutting out Fuchsia and Just Orange hearts for wings then cutting off tips and adding small Spring Lilac and Yellow tear shapes to the top. Roll out a small Black snake for body. Attach body to wings. Attach these to the house.
Position the entire assembly lying on its back onto a baking sheet covered with plain copy paper. Bake in a large oven so that the piece is not to close to any heating element. Bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
Make sure to clean hands and tools before starting your project.
Start with lighter colors and work your way down to darker colors, to avoid discoloring of the clay.
While working on this project it is helpful to add the decorations working from the top to the bottom so as not to crush things as you go.
If you can’t locate small cutters, form the small shapes by hand.