Last month I was contacted by Ocean Finance and challenged to upcycle a plain simple birdhouse. Obviously I jumped at the challenge, and spent hours brainstorming what I could do! In the end I decided to upcycle my plain bird house into a woodland fairy house to put at the bottom of the garden, in hope some fairy's would find it!
I was given a voucher to spend at Buddy Crafts. Hello I was totally in my element. I bought acrylic paint, with a crackle varnish, fake florals, bags of decorative stones and a twig wreath. I already had the bag of moss from another project.
I made a trip to my local log man, and bought a log stump to stand my fairy house on, and picked up some pieces of bark, all for £1.50. I cut the pieces of bark to the size of the roof (well my Gran did, I'm 24 but she will not let me do anything myself!)
Using a glue gun I glued the bark to the roof. I had already painted the house using the paints and the crackle glaze. It didnt crackles as much as I hoped but I think it was because the paint underneath was only a thin layer so the wood absorbed a lot of it, it still looked textured though!
I then, using the glue gun again, stuck the moss to the bark, this covers all the rough edges that dont sit together, and adds a more rustic feel. I used a piece of wood to press the moss to the glue as to not burn myself!
I then added the fake berries to add an autumn feel, I took apart the twig wreath, and stuck the curly pieces of twig to the bird box to make it look like it was wrapping around it.
I added a few pine cones from the garden and placed it on my tree stump. I love the outcome and it was so fun and easy to make, I didnt end up using all the supplies but I loved being able to source pieces of nature to add to it, and I think the fairy house idea would be perfect for children or even just the big kids who refuse to grow up ;)
What do you think to the upcycle challenge? Do you like what I did with the house? I think Jacob sure does (but I think he believes in fairys though)