Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bird is the Word

I'm sure by now y'all have discovered that I have a thing for bird decor. I can't explain why, but I just love their simple shapes, the muted, natural colors, and the whole nesting idea. When Gina announced she was having a Feathered Friends Party, I knew I had to join in!

Since you can easily do this project yourself to add a little bird decor to your own nest, I'm also linking up to Kimba's DIY Day. Be sure to check out all the awesome ideas over there - I always come away with a new project I want to try!
I've already shown you how I made my little birdie gift tags, and my wise owl card art, so I wanted to do something a little different this time around. I love the whole idea of nests, particularly nests made of twigs, so I took that idea and ran with it.

If you want to make this sweet birdie framed print, go round up the following:

1. Cute, vintage bird art. I chose two adorable selections from The Graphics Fairy.

2. A frame or two. you want one with a fairly flat edge.

3. Fabric or scrapbook paper for a background (I used fabric)

4. Twigs. If you don't have a yard, your friends and family would be more than happy for you to volunteer to pick up twigs out of their yards.

5. Paint for the frame. I mixed french blue and black until I had a blue grey I liked.

6. Hot glue


All ya have to do is paint the frame, wait semi-impatiently for it to dry, and glue on the twigs. Then, create your background, glue on your bird art, and put it in the frame. Super simple, and oh so cute!

A little side action so you can see that I really did paint the frame. Cheap-o Dollar Store and Ikea frames are perfect for this project.

Go. Run. Check out all the other super sweet bird projects over at The Shabby Chic Cottage!




Jennifer Froh said...

Love your vintage bird art! WOW!

Claudia said...

Oh, how sweet! What a great idea. I love it! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Hi Hattie! What a great and clever idea. Your are is lovely and unique! Thank you for sharing your beautiful art and the tutorial with us today!


Julia said...

Precious work Hattie! I love the branches around the frame.

TheOldPostRoad said...

Love the frame you made! I posted a while back about vintage bird pictures. here is the post:

Tim and Tracy said...

I agree with Julia- I'm loving those twigs around the frame. They make the whole piece!

Dawn said...

Great idea! I love The Graphics Fairy and have used several of her offerings on various posts.
So glad I stopped by.

Christen said...

Love the idea! It's always refreshing to bring a piece of the outdoors inside.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What a nice and pretty project. It looks great. Come by and see my birdies, too. and I am having a giveaway!

Marie said...

Well Hello Hattie - it's nice to meet ya! I flew over from Gina's. I absolutely adore your sweet birdie frame art! You are so creative. I love the vintage-y look, and using twigs around the frame is super fun! Thank you for sharing!


Barb said...

Nice job on those frames.

blessings and good luck

Barbara jean

michellejohnnie said...

I just might have to make one of those!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love it! I just picked up an old mirror at Goodwill intending to glue twigs onto the frame, but now I might even add a little bird to the lower corner...

Sonia said...

Such a cute idea!! I will definitely have to make some twig frames! Thanks for sharing! Miss Bloomers

michellejohnnie said...

I liked this so much, I decided to feature it on my craft blog at Grab my "featured" button

Cheri Peoples said...

I hope you'll post on my Knock Off Knock out party tomorrow.