Birdhouse & Peat Pot Topiaries
- Rusty tin birdhouse, 2-1/2" or 3-1/2" tall
- Peat pot, 2-1/4"x2-1/2"
- Floral tissue paper or other floral vignette
- Dry floral foam, 2” square
- Garden miniature
- Spanish moss
- Cinnamon stick, 4” length
- Cord: jute, hemp
fine-grit sandpaper, masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface), paintbrush, scissors, ruler
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Country Blue, French Mauve, French Mocha, Jade Green, Olde Gold, Baby Blue
- DecoArt Americana Glorious Gold Dazzling Metallics
- Beacon Adhesives: Gem-Tac, Fabri-Tac
- 1. Paint birdhouse sides Baby Blue and roof French Mocha. Use fine grit sandpaper to sand edges.
- 2. Center and tie 6” jute length in knot to one cinnamon stick end; unravel ends. Adhere jute end of cinnamon stick to birdhouse bottom; use masking tape to secure pieces together while drying.
- 3. Paint peat pot Olde Gold. Cut flower design from paper and apply Gem-Tac to back; adhere to front of peat pot. Drybrush pot edges Glorious Gold.
- 4. Glue foam inside pot and bottom of cinnamon stick into center. Glue moss to top of pot and top of birdhouse as shown.
- 5. Cut 30” length from jute; tie knot 1-1/2” from one end. Unravel ends and tie another knot, 1-1/2” from other end. Glue one knot end to top back of birdhouse. For vine appearance, wrap remaining length around back of birdhouse and pot; glue knot end to left front side of pot.
- 6. Thread hemp cord through buttonholes and knot at front; unravel ends. Glue button to jute knot on pot and miniature garden item as shown.
- 7. For other birdhouse, follow above directions using French Mauve to paint sides, Country Blue for roof top, and Jade Green for peat pot.
- 1. Omit Spanish moss and foam and plant a small fern or shrub inside peat pot for a tabletop planter!
by Mary Ayres