Project: Woodburned Birdhouse with Roof by Bernadette Fox

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When you think of a dried gourd I am sure you automatically think of a birdhouse, right? Well, that's for a good reason since gourds make excellent homes for birds! I will show you how to transform two gourds into a lovely, rustic birdhouse with a roof, decorated with a woodburned wreath of nasturtium blossoms.

Materials List:
1. Two prepared gourds: An apple gourd and the top half of a martin house gourd.
2. Drill gun, drill bit, hole saw
3. Nasturtium pattern found below
4. Transfer supplies which may include charcoal, chalk, or graphite paper, stylus or blunt pencil, and masking tape.
5. Woodburner with knife tip and round nose tip.
6. 2 ft. of cord for hanging
7. Brown shoe polish, cotton swabs, and paper towel
8. Exterior wood glue
9. Exterior polyurethane

Brief instructions:

1.  Drill hole in apple gourd
2. Draw shingles on roof and woodburn lines with knife tip. Use the round nose tip for shading. This is done by making dots with the tip using a pouncing motion. The closer the dots the darker the shading and vice versa.
3. Transfer flower pattern to apple gourd and woodburn and shade with round nose tip.
4. Apply brown shoe polish to the shaded areas of the roof and to the entire apple gourd except for the flowers. Do this with cotton swabs and paper towel.
5. Drill hole near stem of roof and attach cord for hanging.
6. Glue roof onto apple gourd.
7. Seal birdhouse with 3 coats of polyurethane. 

Find Nasturtium pattern in my Craftsy pattern store.

© 2012 Bernadette Fox


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