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Love Builds Warm Nests
From the Bundle O' Birdhouses Collection
Country Corner Crafts 2000

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  1. Trace patterns onto wood and cut out. Drill any necessary holes.
  2. Measure and Cut roof pieces:(from 1" wide strips)
    Short sides are 6 1/2" long.
    Long overlapping side - add wood thickness. ie:6 1/2" +1/2"=7.
    Perch is 4 1/2" long.
  3. Sand all pieces very well.
  4. Paint all pieces as shown, or in your choice of colors.
  5. Allow pieces to dry thoroughly.
  6. Sand along all edges very well, and also lightly along all other surfaces to achieve an aged appearance.
  7. Glue all pieces together as shown.
  8. Varnish entire project and allow sufficient drying time.
  9. Use the antiquing medium to enhance the rustic look, and add another coat of varnish to seal.
  10. Add spanish moss for birdsnest.
  11. Wire sign board to birdhouse and add fabric bows.
    That’s it! This would look great in a country kitchen!

    Helpful Tips and Suggestions:

    Wood Preparation: Choose a quality piece of wood. Sand all pieces completely to ensure there are no burs or rough edges.After painting, lightly sand all surfaces with a brown lunch bag or very fine grit sandpaper to remove the fuzz raised by acrylic paints.

    Transferring Patterns: Place carbon or graphite paper on bare prepared wood beneath pattern and trace carefully. Allow room between pieces for easier cutting. Don't rub the wood too much or it'll smudge!

    Antiquing: There are several antiquing mediums available - look for a waterbased formula in the color tones you like and follow the instructions carefully. Leave a little more medium in cracks and along edges for a more authentic look. Apply sparingly or generously, depending on the look you wish to achieve.

    Finishing: A waterbased clear varnish is recommended, in either a matte or semi-gloss finish. Follow the instructions carefully, apply it uniformly, and allow sufficient drying time between coats.

    Country Corner Crafts 2000

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