Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Upcycled Bird House with #Idelight

We always love to find ways to appreciate nature at our farm, and we spend large amounts of time on our covered porch. I thought it would be fun to share delight by repurposing an International Delight iced coffee carton into a charming birdhouse. Even if you aren't artistic, I kept the d├ęcor simplistic enough that even children could be successful with this creation.

You will need:
1 empty International Delight coffee carton (August is National Coffee Month, and this is a great excuse to enjoy some iced coffee!)
Sharp knife
Spray primer
Spray varnish
Assorted paints
Paintbrushes
Permanent Marker
Awl
Ribbon

First, rinse out your carton and allow to dry. Using a small circle (a 50 cent piece or a child's medicine cup works well), trace the circle for the hole on the carton. Carefully cut this out with a knife (kids, let your parent do this part). Then spray your carton with primer until it reaches a solid white. You may need more than one coat.
 

Once the primer is dry, decorate your birdhouse. You can paint it in any way you'd like. I used the same children's medicine cup to trace circles to make the bodies of birds flitting about the house. Once your paint is dry, you can use a permanent marker to add contrast to the edges of the birds. Allow to dry completely.

Coat birdhouse with a layer of spray varnish. This will help protect your birdhouse from the elements. Allow to dry. Now the last step is to make a small hole in the top for a ribbon (I used an awl for this), so you can hang your masterpiece.

And now, your birdhouse is ready for the birds to move in! 

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Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.



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