Storybook Birdhouse Project
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Storybook Birdhouse Project

A handmade gift is a wonderful way to show you care. This simple project transforms an ordinary, unpainted wood bird house into something almost magical---a perfect decorative touch for any nursery.

Designed by Danny Seo.

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

  • Unfinished Wood Birdhouse
  • Hardcover, worn out childrens storybook
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • Scissors
  • Small Sponge Brush
  • A Decoupage Glue like Mod Podge

Project Instructions


First, choose a children’s book that is large enough to fold over the roof of the birdhouse, and cover it completely.

Remove all the pages from inside the book and set aside; staple gun the book jacket directly onto the roof; one staple on the left and right side of the roof should hold it.

Trim the pages of the book to fit along the sides of the bird house; generously use the decoupage glue to adhere the paper to the birdhouse and then coat additional glue on top; it will dry clear and create a protective coating.

Overlap pages on top of pages until the entire house is covered. Let it dry completely.

To make it waterproof for outside use, you can add a layer of varnish onto the finished birdhouse.