Enchanted Birdhouse – Inspired by the Enchanted Tiki Room | Level 3

Aloha! Welcome! Today we are creating a tropical birdhouse for our macaw hosts Jose, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz. We’ll be singing like the birdies so grab your pineapple whip and let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies List:Tools List:
Gazebo BirdhouseHot Glue + Glue Gun
TwineTacky Glue
Wooden MatchsticksScissors
Assorted Round Wood ShapesAcrylic Paint Brushes
Acrylic PaintMacaw Printout (below)
Colored Pencil Set


Instructions

Feather Roof

We’re going to start with decorating the roof with these tear-drop shaped wooden pieces. The pattern goes like this:

Layer 1: 5 small

Layer 2: 3 small

Layer 3: 3 medium

Layer 4: 3 medium

Layer 5: 3 large

If you want, paint the wood before gluing the feathers. I would if I did this again, but that’s what I get for making decisions on the spot.

Spread out your pieces in order of your layers and start painting!

I tried to match the colors to the hosts of the Enchanted Tiki Room so the colors would be more cohesive in the end. I also made sure to have 2 green, 2 yellow, and 2 blue layer 1s.

Start hot glueing layer 1 to the bottom of the roof, letting a little overhang,

Follow that with layer 2 in the center of the 5 layer 1 feathers.

Layer 3 on top of that with the center feather angled towards one side so it covers a gap.

Layer 4 is the same with the center feather angled the other way covering the other gap. This will make you lower that center feather. It’s all good, though.

Top it all off with layer 5. The center feather goes down first. Nestle it under the topper and glue the other two pieces on top. Don’t let the feathers go too much over the edges or else the other sides won’t fit.

Repeat the process for the other roof sides.

Ta-da!

A Couple Details

Grab some Tacky Glue and your Wooden Matchsticks. We’re making a little deck for our birdhouse. This part is optional if you don’t want to spend more time than necessary.

Layer your matchsticks so that two sides meet at one corner of your birdhouse forming an arrow. It will leave 3 alternating corners open–which we’ll fill later.

Finish your topper by glueing around some twine. You can use tacky glue or hot glue.

Rooftop Pizzazz

Mix together some brown paint and finish your roof. I wish I had done this before glueing the feathers down.

We’re also painting about a half inch onto the birdhouse sides.

As you let your roof dry, cut pieces of twine. Each corner will get a center string and two strings folded in half.

Glue your twin to the corners with a single cut string in the center and a folded string on each side.

Cut off the excess.

Take your twine and line the outside edge of the roof.

Then, wrap and glue twine around the top of the sides of the birdhouse. 3 times should do.

The Birds Sing Words

I outlined some existing art of the macaws and have a printout for you to download if you wish. They are each 2″x 3″.

Print out your birds and cut them out.

Trace around the bird in the center of 4 out of 6 sides.

I left the front and back panels blank (for now) and drew on the remaining sides.

Flip over the printouts and use a soft pencil to trace the lines from the other side. You should be able to see them. If not, place it over a window. Really layer on the graphite.

Put the printout back on your panel and trace the lines on the top of the printout so the graphite on the back rubs off onto the side panel. Like a carbon copy.

Repeat for the other three sides.

Paint Time

Mix together some black, blue, and green paint for the background. Do not mix it thoroughly so you’ll be able to get some variation as your paint.

I added some streaks of blue and yellow-green on top of my background to give it more interest.

Paint your macaws with their respective colors! Everyone gets a tan chest, white faces, and dark versions of their head feathers for the dots on their cheeks and the streak on their faces.

Red head, tan cheeks and brow, and yellow under feathers for Fritz.

Green head, white cheeks and brow, and yellow under feathers for Michael.

Blue head, white cheeks and brow, and red under feathers for Pierre.

Red head, yellow cheeks and brow, and green under feathers for Jose.

I finished the back panel with a pineapple whip. Yum!

Use a black colored pencil to flesh out some details once everything is dry.

Paint the deck with brown. Again, use a loose mix of dark and light brown so you get a “wood grain” appearance.

Paint the bottom of the birdhouse the same way. Be sure to paint in the direction of the wood grain. If you can’t, just make sure it’s all in the same direction.

Grab 3 little oval wood pieces and paint those a light brown. Glue them down where there were gaps in the deck once they’re dry.

Horticulture

Take a bunch of large and medium sized oval wood pieces and paint them half light, half dark green.

Once dry, take a dark green colored pencil and draw a line down the middle of each oval. Follow that up with some curving lines to create leaves!

Take a bunch of medium circles and paint them in yellows, pinks, and purples.

Add thin green stripes like spokes on a wheel.

Finish up the medium circles with flowers in the middle.

Paint the large circles a purpley brown.

Top those with different colored flowers like blue, pink, yellow, and purple. The tips of these flowers should be different, even contrasting, colors.

Paint the small circles solid red and yellow.

Adorn your Birdhouse

Arrange and glue down your flowers and leaves onto the birdhouse.

You can start with minimal decoration and then add on if necessary.

It doesn’t matter where the pieces are placed as long as they don’t block the macaws’ faces. I wanted to cover the bottoms of their portraits which also hid some areas I missed while painting.

Clean up all of the hot glue strings when everything is set!

Lastly, paint the little dowel perch on the front of the birdhouse.

You Did It!

Amazing job, friends! I love this birdhouse. It might be my favorite project so far! I’m excited to see if any real birds will like it… if not, I’ll definitely enjoy looking at it in my backyard.

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Tropical Hideaway Light | Level 3

hanging light made of burlap with dangling tassels

Welcome! This week’s project is inspired by the hanging lights found in Adventureland’s Topical Hideaway at the Disneyland Resort! It’s the newest eatery at Adventureland and they sell the best treat on earth: Dole Whip. The ambiance is also very relaxing and the area features some fun hanging lights that I wanted to recreate so I can get that Tropical Hideaway feeling at home! Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies List:Tools List:
10 inch Floral HoopWire Cutter
Floral WireScissors
Craft WireHot Glue + Glue Gun
TwineRuler
Burlap in brown and other color(s)Painter’s Tape
Wired Fabric Ribbon
Raffia Ribbon
3 Wooden Dowels
Shell Beads
Wooden Beads (variety)
Fairy Lights


Instructions

The Skeleton

First, take your Floral Wire. Measure and cut four 14 inch lengths.

Prepare your Floral Hoop.

Bend about 1.5″ of each of the lengths of floral wire and wrap around the floral hoop. These will be your base wires.

After bending the wire, I looped it around itself before wrapping the rest around the hoop.

Measure and cut 12 inches of the floral wire.

Shape the wire into a circle that has exactly two loops.

At the top of your base wires, measure 1.5 inches and bend it outward around the double-looped circle.

Wrap the excess and repeat with the other base wires.

At this point, you can mold the base wires into your lamp shape. To support the lamp, we’ll be using Wooden Dowels.

A little above the half-way point in your structure, measure and cut the dowels to size. We’ll be fixing them perpendicularly. The dowels don’t have to touch, but they should be close.

You can cut them however you like. I cut them by rolling the dowel in a scissor and then snapping the pieces apart.

Tape one side of a dowel to one of the base wires to keep it in place.

Use your Craft Wire to secure the other side to the base wire.

Repeat with the other side and the other dowel.

Don’t worry if the dowel slips out of your craft wire, we’ll be securing it with twine later.

Take another, smaller piece of wooden dowel and shove it in between the layers of your circle. The wire should be flexible enough for you to do this. Crimp the wire around the sides of your dowel.

To complete the structure, use the floral wire and wrap around the diameter of your lamp about 4-5 inches from the bottom, wrapping at each base wire.

Wrap another ring towards the top of the lamp, above your perpendicular dowels.

It isn’t pretty…yet!

Base: Part 1

Grab your twine and wrap tight coils around every piece of hoop and wire, Hot Gluing where necessary-like the joints. Don’t forget to wrap where your dowels meet the wire!

When you’re done, grab some twine, wrap a piece around the short dowel a few times and make a loop at the top of the lamp. This will let us hang our light. It isn’t pictured here, but you’ll see later.

Base: Part 2

Grab a roll of Burlap and drape it over one side of your structure.

Shove in one side into the small circle on the top, wrap under and glue in place.

Wrap the bottom of the piece around the floral hoop and glue in place on the inside of the lamp.

Glue to the skeleton and the burlap for a secure fit.

Do this on the opposite side with the same (or different depending on your design) piece of burlap.

For the other piece of burlap, cut a slit so that it fits around the short wooden dowel in the wire circle.

Glue the edges in place like before and repeat the process on the opposite side. Again, if you wish to use different types of burlap for each side or what have you, GO FOR IT! 🙂

Weave some burlap under the other pieces of burlap and over the base wire. This is to cover the bottom portion of our light.

Hot glue the bottom edge to the floral hoop. Leave some space near the base wire. We’re going to need that space soon.

The picture (right) shows the lamp upside down, by the way.

Decorations

Cut 8 strips of Raffia Ribbon and fold them in half over a piece of twine.

Take a another piece of twine and tie the top together to create a tassel.

Use the first piece of twine to attach the tassel to the floral hoop next to the base wire. To make the tassel swing, tie the knot with some space away from the tassel itself.

Repeat 3 more times for each base wire.

Loosely braid raffia ribbon. I used a four strand braid with one being a piece of twine.

Glue the braid to the outside of the lamp at the height of the horizontal burlap piece. This gives it a more finished, blocked out look.

Braid 4 more raffia ribbon braids. They will be the length from the top of the lamp to your 4-strand braid. Glue in place.

Leave some raffia ribbon out at the bottom of the braids to act as tassels.

Take your wired ribbon and cut 6 pieces about 3 inches long. This is my pop of color. You may want to use something different that fits your light!

Squish the top together and tie in place with twine.

Glue to the top of the lamp.

Cut a length of craft wire and string on your wooden beads and shell beads in the order you like. Loop the wire thru the last bead to secure it on each side. Mine was around 2 inches in diameter when done. The large shell beads are 1-1.5 inches long.

Wrap around the base wire where the wooden dowels meet and let it dangle. Cut off any excess wire.

Repeat for each base wire.

The Lights

Grab your Fairy Lights and make a nest of them in your lamp. If you have waterproof lights that is even better!

You Made It!

Amazing job, everyone! This hanging light can be unique for each person who makes it. Maybe you used colored burlap or different beads. The point is that you made something really cool! Hang it up and relax with your favorite tropical treat!

hanging light made of burlap with dangling tassels

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