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Stars and Stripes Mini Birdhouse

Cover your birdhouse with the colors of our nation with this fun summertime craft. Celebrate Independence Day by creating a work of art!

At a Glance:

#3777 Skill Level: Beginner Time:
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This project features these great brands:

  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint Logo

FolkArt ® One Stroke™ Brushes - Flat, #12 - 1058

Number Needed: 1 $3.99
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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - True Blue, 2 oz. - 401

Number Needed: 1 $1.69
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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Lipstick Red, 2 oz. - 437

Number Needed: 1 $1.69
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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Wicker White, 2 oz. - 901

Number Needed: 1 $1.69
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FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Licorice, 2 oz. - 938

Number Needed: 1 $1.69
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Other Supplies

#1 Script liner, Mini Round Cone Birdhouse (Woodline Works Corp.), Brush basin or container for water, Paper towels, Foam plate, Fine grit sandpaper, Waterbase brush-on varnish or spray finish (opt.)


Surface Preparation:

  1. Lightly sand rough areas with fine grit sandpaper.
  2. Basecoat birdhouse using No. 12 flat brush as follows: Roof – Lipstick Red and Wicker White alternating sections Body of Birdhouse – True Blue Base – Licorice Base Trim – Lipstick Red
  3. When dry, sand if necessary and reapply basecoat colors. Allow to dry.

Painting Instructions:

  1. White Stripes on Roof – Load the No. 1 liner brush with thinned Lipstick Red. Paint evenly spaced diagonal lines on each white section. Allow to dry.
  2. Paint one True Blue star on each white section at the base of the roof. Allow to dry.
  3. Load the No. 1 line brush with thinned Licorice. Paint a patterned line separating each white and red roof section. Paint a dash followed by two dots, repeat length of dividing line. Continue painting with thinned Licorice and outline each True Blue star.
  4. Body – Load the No. 12 flat brush with thinned Wicker White. “Flyspeck” the entire blue body of the birdhouse. To flyspeck, be sure to load the brush with thinned paint, run the bristles of the brush over your finger; specks of color will fly onto the surface. You can also tap the loaded brush against the handle of another paint brush to create flyspecks. NOTE: Save an old toothbrush as a tool for flyspecking, it works every time!

Finishing Touches:

  1. Paint the cut edge of the opening Licorice using the No. 12 Flat Brush.
  2. Paint the perch Wicker White and highlight the end of the perch Lipstick Red.
  3. When dry, apply a couple coats of either waterbase brush-on varnish or spray finish to seal and protect your artwork.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.