When I saw this little wooden birdhouse at a big box craft store, I knew I had to have it. I immediately thought of how cute the little fence would be covered in white crackle paint and how adorable the roofs would be if they were embossed metal.
So, I bought the house and set to work covering it with paper, stickers and flowers from the Paradise line by Little Yellow Bicycle. I love their little flower kits — they come with a variety of flowers, scored paper to make some, leaves, centers and more. I used one as a medallion on the front and several on the back …
But, I also used some of the pre-scored pieces as gingerbread trim along the roofs’ edges.
For the roofs themselves, I used three different techniques — all with Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folders and adhesive-backed metal sheets from QuicKutz (Lifestyle Crafts).
The one to the left in the photo above is simply embossed and adhered.
The one at the top is embossed and then treated with alcohol ink.
The colorful one uses a technique my friend Linda showed me, with gesso and alcohol inks. You can watch it yourself, here. It’s very cool!
Anyhow, once my fairy house was complete, I covered it (except for the tin roofs) with Ranger’s Glue n’ Seal, which creates a waterproof seal.
Then, I tucked it in my fairy garden …
I’m not sure how the sealant will hold up in the weather, but I figured it would be worth it just to enjoy it for as long as it lasts. It looks so cute tucked in there, doesn’t it?!