Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Birdhouse Jewelry Tutorial!

For the past few days I've been jonesing to make a jewelry holder out of a bird house. So off I went to Home Depot. They didn't have anything that fit the bill, so the next day I went to Micheals. And that's where I found the perfect bird house! Now, obviously you could make your own if you are handy with tools and wood, but I needed instant gratification.

So, without further ado, a tutorial!

MATERIALS: One bird house with an open front (either without a wall, or just a big door, like the one I used. Mine is technically a dog house, it came with a little puppy stuffed animal.) acrylic paint, paint brushes, thumb tacks, power drill, drill bit.

STEP ONE: Paint! The most fun part. You can leave it plain, decorate it with stickers, collage it with picture from magazines or pretty papers, anything you want. I spent about 4 hours painting and re-painting until it ended up being a kind of thick gooey messy looking collection of colors. Not my best move. I also used the same honeycomb stencil from my coat rack for the roof!

This became this!

Step Two: I drilled little holes along the front lip of the floor, to hang dangly earrings from.

And while I was drilling, put a hole in the back to hang it on the wall.

Step three: Push in the pushpins! I bought a multi color pack of the metal headed thumb tacks, and only used the yellow to match the color on the roof. Easy cheesy. (You'll be able to hang necklace and rings from these!)




Step four: Hang it on the wall and put all of your pretties in it! Put rings and studs inside, hang things from the roof and hang your earrings through the holes you drilled!

Ta-Da! Thoughts? Suggestions? Comments? Awards? Lay it on me.


  1. it looks great. i think it might look a little better with fewer pieces of jewelry hanging on it at any given time. but otherwise, it's PERFECT

  2. This looks awesome! What a good idea! The next opportunity I get, I am so making this. And I'll post pics on my blog :)

    I really need something to keep my jewelry in order.. atm, it all just gets tangled in a big, blingy mess.

    And I disagree with Benjamin- the more jewelry, the better!!

  3. Thanks Nel! That benjamin up there is my boyfriend who doesn't understand the organized chaos of a big jewelry collection :)

    i cant wait to see your version!

  4. This is amazing! I want to do this so bad! My jewelery is currently spilling out for 3 jewelery boxes and trying to form a sentient being...

  5. Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at http://www.handmade-jewelry-club.com/ in future post.


  6. what a cute and aaaaaawesome idea!!! As soon as I get a chance to buy a birdhouse, I'm going to make this :D