Birdhouse & Peat Pot Topiaries

Materials

  • 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

Tools

  • 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

Basic Supplies

fine-grit sandpaper, masking tape, newspaper (to cover work surface), paintbrush, scissors, ruler

Directions

STEP 1

  • Paint birdhouse sides Baby Blue and roof French Mocha. Use fine grit sandpaper to sand edges.

STEP 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.

STEP 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.

STEP 4

  • Glue foam inside pot and bottom of cinnamon stick into center. Glue moss to top of pot and top of birdhouse as shown.

STEP 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.

STEP 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.

STEP 7

  • For other birdhouse, follow above directions using French Mauve to paint sides, Country Blue for roof top, and Jade Green for peat pot.

Tip

  • 1. Omit Spanish moss and foam and plant a small fern or shrub inside peat pot for a tabletop planter!
by Mary Ayres
Birdhouse & Peat Pot Topiaries
Birdhouse & Peat Pot Topiaries