Shabby Chic Birdhouse
BY: Jeanne Baruth
SKILL LEVEL: 3 (1 being the easiest, 5 being most difficult)
TIME TO COMPLETE: 4 hours
• Never dispose of grout directly down a drain.
• If grouting without latex gloves, pour vinegar over hands to restore skin PH.
• 1 Wooden Bird House
• 3 pkgs. Jennifer’s Mosaics Iridescent Pink Glass Chips – 352 IR
• 2 pkgs. Jennifer’s Mosaics Iridescent White Glass Chips – 351 IR
• 2 pkgs. Venetian Iridescent Beige – T300
• 1 White Glass Bead Rod
• 1 Green Glass Bead Rod
• 8 - 14mm Glass Rose Beads
• 2 lbs. Jennifer’s Mosaics White Sanded Grout
• Silicone or Mosaic Adhesive
• Latex Glove
• Safety Glasses
• Mixing Spoon
• Scrubby or Soft Cloth
• Disposable or Plastic Bowl
• Fine Sand Paper
• Wheeled Glass Nippers
1. Start with a wooden bird house. If it has been painted, lightly sand it with fine sand paper. Wipe off all debris with a clean dry cloth and paint with a primer. Allow to dry.
2. Because birdhouses will vary in size, start by creating a paper template of each side.
3. Begin in the center of a side template; place a row of ¾” pink stained glass chips down the center leaving 1/8” between the chips.
4. Next, place a row of ¾” iridized beige tiles on either side of the pink chips leaving 1/8” between the rows and the glass pieces.
5. Continue this process until you reach the edge of the template. If necessary nip glass to fit inside the template’s border. When you are happy with the design, it is time to transfer the tile to the surface of the birdhouse.
6. Apply adhesive to the surface of the birdhouse, approximately 1/8” thick. Spread evenly using a plastic disposable knife. Move glass one chip at a time from the template to the surface of the house, press tile gently into the glue.
7. Once all tile has been applied, allow glue to dry before moving to the next side. Continue this process until both sides and the back of the birdhouse have been covered in tile.
8. When all three sides have dried, place the birdhouse on a flat surface with the front of the birdhouse facing up. To make the perch remove the dowel from the front of the house. Nip a ½” piece of green glass rod, apply a medium size dab of silicone to the end and insert it into the dowel opening. Glue a rose bead to the end of the rod and allow drying.
9. While the perch is drying, add a row of ¾” pink chips down the center of the front template.
10. Place five 14mm rose beads evenly spaced and 1/8” apart along either side of the pink chips. Nip a light green bead rod into sections to fit between each bead.
11. Next, add a row of 3/4” beige tile 1/8” from the rods. Follow this by row of ¾” pink chips continue this process until the front template is completely filled-in, nip glass if necessary to fit.
12. Repeat Step 6 and 7 to apply mosaic to the front. You may need to nip a pink chip into pieces to fit around the perch or use a diamond bit and drill a hole into the chip large enough that the rod (perch) slides through. Allow front to dry.
13. To create the shingles, start at the bottom edge of the roof and glue a layer of white and pink stained glass chips, side-by-side along the edge. Next, starting in the center above the first row, place a second row of chips, overlapping the first row by 1/8”, staggering the seams as you position the chips. Nip the glass if necessary to fit the roof. Continue this process until the roof on both sides is complete. Nip a white glass bead rod to fit the peak of the roof, glue into place and allow drying.
14. Mix one cup of white grout, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Wearing latex glove, spread grout on to the surface of the birdhouse making sure that grout is pressed into all the spaces between the glass pieces. Wait about 15 minutes for grout to set.
15. Gently wipe away excess grout using a scrubby, taking care not to pull away grout from between glass pieces. It is very important to remove any grout on tile surfaces before grout is completely dry.
16. Use a soft cloth to buff glass to a clean shine. Allow 24 hours for mosaic piece to dry thoroughly.