Sunday, July 24, 2011

Book Birdhouse

While I was up visiting Chicago, I came across some wonderful birdhouses that had a hardback book as the roof and pages glued to the sides.  You can see an example here, but retailing around $120 I decided to make one myself.  The upside to making it yourself is that you get to pick the book.  I made the birdhouse for my sister's upcoming birthday and one of her favorite books is Anne of Green Gables.  Happy Birthday Annie! You are getting a sneak preview of your birthday present.
Here is how I made it.  I was planning to buy a prefab birdhouse from the craft store, but they are on the small side, so I had my husband put one together for me.  The dimensions were figured out by the size of the book.

Once the birdhouse was put together, I got started on gluing the pages to the sides. I used a spray adhesive and it worked perfectly.  Once this was complete I did some decorative painting on the base of the birdhouse.  Then I had to come up with a bird perch and decided that a carrot would make a good one since they say Anne's hair is as red as carrots a few times in the book.  I used Sculpey to make it.  I  loved using this stuff.  It is so easy to sculpt with and then you bake it in the oven for 30 minutes and paint it.

I had so much fun making the carrot that I wanted to make a little bird that would hang off the ribbon bookmark in the book.

Cute, right?


  1. I love this-it turned out great! Thanks for making this for me!

  2. This is too cute! Everybody that you know is going to want one.

  3. What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  4. I love it!! Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite movies. I can totally picture Gilbert saying, "Hey, Carrots!!" to Anne when I saw your bird perch. Thanks for the smile!!