Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day
With a cozy little perch to sit upon and plenty of seeds to nibble on, this hut is a bird’s idea of paradise! Paint clay pots to create an inviting retreat for all your feathered friends.
- Clay pots: 3-1⁄2”, 4-1⁄4”
- Clay pot saucer, 6”
- Wooden items: ball knob, 3⁄4”; large oval (sign), 2” long; dowel, 1⁄8” diameter
- Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Licorice, Kelly Green, Thicket, Calico Red, Real Brown, Tapioca
- Black cording, 3 yards
- Fender washer, 1-1⁄2”
- Steel nut, any size
- Drill with 1⁄8” masonry bit
- Plaid FolkArt Crackle Medium
- Plaid FolkArt All-purpose Sealer
- Paintbrushes: shader, flat
- Black fine-tip permanent marker
- Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive
scissors, pencil, ruler, masking tape, scrap wood, sponge scrap, newspaper (to cover work surface)
6-1⁄2” tall (not including hanger)
1. Drill holes in center of saucer, ball knob, and just above rim on 4-1⁄4” pot. (Note: To prevent cracking, apply masking tape inside pot at drill-hole point. Hold scrap wood piece behind hole while drilling. Do not push drill through pot; allow bit to work its way through pot.)
2. On covered work surface, basecoat saucer Kelly Green, clay pots Calico Red, sign Tapioca, and ball knob Real Brown. Sponge paint saucer Thicket. Use shader to paint 1”x1-1⁄4” Black door hole as shown. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply Crackle Medium, then Real Brown topcoat to 3-1⁄2” pot.
3. Print and cut out pattern. (Note: The blue word “pattern” is a link. To access this pattern, select the link, then download and print pattern.) Transfer details. Use black fine-tip permanent marker to trace sign lettering and details, and to draw shingles on roof (Figure 1) and wavy border around door hole. Apply sealer.
4. For perch, cut 3” length from dowel; insert end into hole in door hole. Adhere sign to roof.
5. Cut cording in half; fold each length into halves. Holding cording folds together, tie knot 2” from fold. Thread cording ends through hole in knob, then 3-1⁄2” pot, 4-1⁄4” pot, and saucer. Thread cording through fender washer; tie double overhand knot 6” from end. Thread cording through nut, then tie another double overhand knot. Trim cording ends.
6. To fill, place feeder horizontally on work surface, slide knob toward hanger, place seed inside bottom pot, then flip saucer up to keep seed inside. Adjust hanging cords by sliding knob down next to roof top. To release more seed, slide knob up, then lift bottom pot.
by Barbara Matthiessen