Shabby Chic Mosaic Birdhouse

By  Jeanne Baruth  for  Diamond Tech


  • Wooden birdhouse
  • Jennifer’s Mosaics*: Glass Chip packages*: Iridescent Pink, three; Iridescent White, two; Iridescent Beige, two; White Sanded Grout
  • Glass Bead Rods*: White; Green
  • Glass Rose Beads, 14mm, eight
  • Primer


  • Silicone or mosaic adhesive
  • Latex gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Mixing spoon
  • Paper
  • Scrubby or soft cloth
  • Disposable or plastic bowl
  • Fine-grit sandpaper
  • Wheeled glass nippers
  • Drill with diamond bit
  • 1. Lightly sand birdhouse and wipe dust. Apply primer. Let dry.
  • 2. For templates, trace sides of birdhouse onto paper.
  • 3. Starting in center of a side template, place a row of 3/4" pink stained glass chips down center, leaving 1/8" space between chips.
  • 4. Place a row of iridized beige tiles on either side of pink chips, leaving 1/8" space between rows and glass pieces.
  • 5. Continue this process until you reach edge of template. If needed, nip glass to fit inside template's border. Transfer tile to surface of birdhouse.
  • 6. Use plastic disposable knife to apply 1/8"-thick adhesive to surface of birdhouse. Apply one glass chip to birdhouse at a time, pressing tile gently into glue.
  • 7. When all tile is applied, let glue dry before moving to next side. Continue this process until both sides and back of birdhouse are covered with tiles.
  • 8. When all three sides are dry, place birdhouse on a flat surface with front facing up. For perch, remove dowel from front of house. Nip a 1/2"-long piece from green glass rod, apply a medium-side dab of silicone to end and insert into dowel opening. Glue rose bead to end of rod. Let dry.
  • 9. While perch is drying, add a row of 3/4" pink chips down center of front template.
  • 10. Place five rose beads evenly spaced and 1/8" apart along either side of pink chips. Nip a light green glass rod into sections to fit between beads.
  • 11. Add a row of 3/4" beige tile 1/8" from rods. Follow this by a row of 3/4" pink chips. Continue this process until front template is completely filled in. Nip glass to fit if needed.
  • 12. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to apply mosaic to front. Nip pink chip into pieces to fit around perch or drill a hole into chip large enough that rod (perch) slides through. Let dry.
  • 13. For shingles, start at bottom edge of roof and glue layer of white and pink stained glass chips, side by side along edge. Starting in center above first row, place second row of chips, overlapping first row by 1/8", staggering seams while placing chips. Nip glass to fit roof if needed. Continue this process until roof on both sides is complete. Nip a white glass bead rod to fit peak of roof; glue in place and let dry.
  • 14. Follow manufacturer's instructions to mix one cup of white group. Wearing latex gloves, spread grout onto surface of birdhouse, making sure grout is pressed into all spaces between glass pieces. Wait approximately 15 minutes for grout to set.
  • 15. Gently wipe away excess grout using a scrubby, taking care not to pull away group from between glass pieces. Remove any grout on tile surface before grout dries.
  • 16. Use soft cloth to buff glass to a clean shine. Let birdhouse dry for at least 24 hours before using.