Birdhouse Door Hanger

 
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Who says front door hangers have to be round wreaths? Birdhouses, butterflies and gangly branches all lend a feeling of Spring and Summer to this unique door hanger. Two branches linked together by a wine cork are the foundation for bringing together the elements in this project. Add some greens and tiny colorful flowers and it adds up to a pretty greeting for people at your front door. Assembly is easy with the help of a hot glue gun and wire. The wood and stone house exteriors are simply images printed on paper and glued to cardboard. Birdhouse # 3, is made with an empty ribbon spool. None of my houses are currently occupied. Consider populating your project with tiny birds! You can also add your own textures, elements and other ideas. Have fun making this bird house hanger. It's worthy of tweeting!

Directions

step 1 - Download and print out the three templates included with the pdf, onto regular paper.

step 2 - House # 1 & 2 - Use Template “A” to cut a house from light cardboard. Fold the cardboard on the red lines to create side walls and a bottom for the birdhouse. For variety, change the height of some of the houses in your collection by moving up the horizontal red line.

step 2 - House # 1 & 2 - Use Template “A” to cut a house from light cardboard. Fold the cardboard on the red lines to create side walls and a bottom for the birdhouse. For variety, change the height of some of the houses in your collection by moving up the horizontal red line.

step 3 - Use Template “B” to cut out decorative paper. I searched on Google for texture images to cover my birdhouses then printed them out. You can also use wrapping paper, specialty scrapbooking paper or simply paint the cardboard. Glue the paper onto the center front of the cardboard with Elmer’s, and fold the paper on the red lines.

step 3 - Use Template “B” to cut out decorative paper. I searched on Google for texture images to cover my birdhouses then printed them out. You can also use wrapping paper, specialty scrapbooking paper or simply paint the cardboard. Glue the paper onto the center front of the cardboard with Elmer’s, and fold the paper on the red lines.

step 4 - Create the slanted roof by hot gluing together two craft sticks. Use tape to hold them together on the back side while the glue is applied if needed. Cut the length of the sticks to fit the roof angle.

step 4 - Create the slanted roof by hot gluing together two craft sticks. Use tape to hold them together on the back side while the glue is applied if needed. Cut the length of the sticks to fit the roof angle.

step 5 - Hot glue the straight cut ends together. Paint the craft sticks red for house # 1. The roof on house #2 is painted with a gold metallic enamel marker.

step 5 - Hot glue the straight cut ends together. Paint the craft sticks red for house # 1. The roof on house #2 is painted with a gold metallic enamel marker.

step 6 - When the painted roofs are dry, hot glue them to the houses.

step 7 - House # 3 - The base for house # 3 is a small spool, a remnant from a roll of ribbon. Cut out paper circles and glue them to the front and back of the spool. Cut corrugated foil card stock a bit wider than the spool and wrap it around the circle. Secure it with hot glue. Cut another corrugated strip half the length of the first and glue it only to the top center, leaving the ends free to form a roofline.

step 7 - House # 3 - The base for house # 3 is a small spool, a remnant from a roll of ribbon. Cut out paper circles and glue them to the front and back of the spool. Cut corrugated foil card stock a bit wider than the spool and wrap it around the circle. Secure it with hot glue. Cut another corrugated strip half the length of the first and glue it only to the top center, leaving the ends free to form a roofline.

step 8 - House # 4 - Create house # 4 with a half section of a paper towel core cut to about 3” square. It will keep its barrel shape and give you a round shaped house.

step 8 - House # 4 - Create house # 4 with a half section of a paper towel core cut to about 3” square. It will keep its barrel shape and give you a round shaped house.

step 9  - Glue paper to the square. Fold the top corners forward. These will provide support for the tin roof.

step 9  - Glue paper to the square. Fold the top corners forward. These will provide support for the tin roof.

step 10 - Use Template “C” to cut the tin roof for house # 4. I cut my roof from the cover of a disposable, foil, baking pan.

step 10 - Use Template “C” to cut the tin roof for house # 4. I cut my roof from the cover of a disposable, foil, baking pan.

step 11 - Place the foil on fleece or another soft cloth. With an embossing tool, score the centerline of the roof. Score a line 1/8” from each straight edge and fold the edges at a 90-degree angle.

step 11 - Place the foil on fleece or another soft cloth. With an embossing tool, score the centerline of the roof. Score a line 1/8” from each straight edge and fold the edges at a 90-degree angle.

step 12 - Use a ruler to score the straight lines of the roof with .25” in between each line.

step 12 - Use a ruler to score the straight lines of the roof with .25” in between each line.

step 13 - Note that the scored lines cause the tin to automatically form the roof’s curved shape. Cool!

step 13 - Note that the scored lines cause the tin to automatically form the roof’s curved shape. Cool!

step 14 - Hot glue the tin roof to the folded corners of the house (see step #9).

step 15 - Print out a .50” gray circle with a black outline for each house. Glue them to the upper portion of each. Hot glue a miniature thread spool below the circles. Apply a thin coat of Diamond Glaze to the houses with a soft brush if a gloss is desired.

step 15 - Print out a .50” gray circle with a black outline for each house. Glue them to the upper portion of each. Hot glue a miniature thread spool below the circles. Apply a thin coat of Diamond Glaze to the houses with a soft brush if a gloss is desired.

step 16 - Create a hanger for each house by hot gluing a jewelry bail to the center of each roof. Allow enough space in the fold to slip in a piece of wire.

step 16 - Create a hanger for each house by hot gluing a jewelry bail to the center of each roof. Allow enough space in the fold to slip in a piece of wire.

step 17 - The Branches and Greens – Collect two sturdy branches that are close in size from your yard, or a park.

step 17 - The Branches and Greens – Collect two sturdy branches that are close in size from your yard, or a park.

step 18 - Drill two holes in a wine cork to fit the branches. One hole should be on the very end of the cork and the other hole angled at the opposite end.

step 18 - Drill two holes in a wine cork to fit the branches. One hole should be on the very end of the cork and the other hole angled at the opposite end.

step 19 - Apply hot glue to the holes and insert the branches.

step 19 - Apply hot glue to the holes and insert the branches.

step 20 - The glued branches should be at about a 30–degree angle to each other.

step 20 - The glued branches should be at about a 30–degree angle to each other.

step 21 - Wrap floral tape around the cork and secure it with hot glue.

step 21 - Wrap floral tape around the cork and secure it with hot glue.

step 22 - Wrap 16 or 18-gauge floral wire around the left and right ends of the top branch to create a hanger.

step 22 - Wrap 16 or 18-gauge floral wire around the left and right ends of the top branch to create a hanger.

step 23 - Using 24-gauge wire, wrap stems of greenery to the hanger wire, concealing it completely.

step 23 - Using 24-gauge wire, wrap stems of greenery to the hanger wire, concealing it completely.

step 24 -  Hot glue tiny red floral stems to the greens.

step 24 -  Hot glue tiny red floral stems to the greens.

step 25 - Wrap a few greens to the naked branches using 24-gauge wire.

step 25 - Wrap a few greens to the naked branches using 24-gauge wire.

step 26 - Attach the birdhouses by inserting 26-gauge jewelry wire into the bails and wrapping the wire around the branches.

step 26 - Attach the birdhouses by inserting 26-gauge jewelry wire into the bails and wrapping the wire around the branches.

Optional Butterflies

The butterfly on house #2 was a leftover element of my Lighted Butterflies Lamp. It is attached to the house with hot glue. The butterfly image is a free printable making it easy to create. You can download the instructions for the butterfly here.


Supplies

  • Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Elmer's glue
  • Craft sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Red paint
  • Metallic gold enamel marker
  • Small spool
  • Corrugated foil card stock
  • Paper towel core
  • Foil pan cover
  • Fleece
  • Embossing tool
 
  • Ruler
  • Mini thread spool
  • Diamond Glaze
  • Soft brush
  • Jewelry bail
  • Red floral stems
  • Green stems
  • 2 branches
  • Wine cork
  • Drill
  • Floral tape
  • 18 Gauge floral wire
  • 24 Gauge floral wire
  • 26 Gauge jewelry wire