Fabric birdhouse decorations – Don’t you just love walking into homes that have interesting things on the wall? It’s often what really makes a house unique and homely.
The stuff on the wall or the mantle gives the home personality. It doesn’t just have to be pictures on the wall. You can hang things like these gorgeous fabric birdhouses.
A fabric birdhouse looks fantastic as a wall decoration and costs very little to make. I made several fabric birdhouses at once and displayed them together in a cluster. They look great.
How to Make Homemade Fabric Birdhouses to Decorate Your Home
To make on of the fabric birdhouses even more special I used the fabric of an old favourite patterned shirt.
For another fabric birdhouse, as I love to upcycle jeans, I made one of my birdhouses in denim with fabric with a bit of Scandinavian feel.
*To embrace the tropical trend, I have since updated the birdhouse with a new tropical fabric birdhouse. Which as well as using tropical fabrics, it has a completely different roof to this one.
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What You Need to Make Fabric Birdhouses
- Stiff cardboard (I use old Amazon packaging)
- Fabrics – preferably more than one pattern
- Wadding /batting, you are best using a thin one.
- Glue gun or Fabric Mod Podge glue
- Crewel Wool or embroidery thread
- Embroidery needle
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Twig for perch
How to make the Fabric Birdhouses
By the way, as these birdhouses were made out of an old cardboard box, they featured under B in the A to Z of upcycling crafts.
First cutting out all the bits for the birdhouses..
1.. First, cut out the cardboard into 7 pieces according to the template. (Fabric Birdhouse template pdf download). You can make the birdhouse the same size as the template or change it to the size you prefer.
2. Next, using the template cut out the wadding. You only need wadding for the front, back, and sides of the birdhouse. Then with glue, stick this wadding to the appropriate bits of cardboard.
3. Using something small and round like a shot glass or large coin, draw a circle on the front of the birdhouse.
Cut out this circle to make the entrance. Directly below this circular entrance, pierce the wadding and cardboard to make way for a twig perch.
4. Next, cut out a fabric piece for each of the 7 cardboard pieces. Use the template as your guide but allow at least a 1cm border for each piece of fabric.
Next the glueing bit …
5. There should be 8 cut pieces of fabric. Glue these to the appropriate pieces of card, by wrapping around the card and gluing the overlap on the back of the card.
6. Next, at the front of the birdhouse, cut the fabric so that it can be tucked into the circular entrance. Blanket stitch around this hole. Pierce the fabric where you made a hole for the perch and stick your twig in it.
Putting the fabric birdhouses together..
7. Next, hand-stitch the front and back to the sides of the fabric birdhouses with crewel wool (or embroidery thread). A basic stitch that will join the pieces together is all that’s needed. You can either loosely stitch in the top and bottom of the birdhouses or glue them in.
Top Tip: Try not to make your stitches too neat. The childlike style of the stitching, just adds to the charm of these birdhouses.
8. To finish off, bend the roof piece to create a pitched roof. Attach the roof to the top of the Birdhouse with glue, secure with pins whilst the glue dries. At the same time, pop in and glue the base and top pieces.
Finishing off the birdhouses..
All you need to finish off the birdhouse is a little fabric bird to clip to it. Other decorations such as a pom-pom trim can be added.
As mentioned I made one out of denim scraps too as I love to repurpose and upcycle my old jeans.
These fabric birdhouses make a really gorgeous homemade gift. I have had several requests to make them for family and friends.
They are really easy to personalize, by making them in fabrics, that you know will reflect the decor and taste of the person you’re making them for.
I warn you they are an addictive craft. I have made lots of birdhouses over the years. They do look good together in a group. It’s fun to use different scraps of fabric, they are a good scrap buster.
- Cardboard box - great way to use up one of those old Amazon boxes
- Thin wadding about one fat quarter
- Scraps of fabric, a variety of patterns works well
- Craft glue
- Free pattern template (download on the blog)
- Needle and thread
- Print out the pattern template for the fabric birdhouse, Use it to cut out the cardboard pieces for the birdhouse.
- Cut out wadding for the sides and roof of the birdhouse. Stick the wadding to the corresponding pieces of cardboard.
- Cut a round hole for an entrance.
- Next, cut out a piece of fabric for each cardboard piece. Allow for a border of at least 1cm.
- Next, cover each piece of cardboard with fabric. Use glue to stick the fabric to the cardboard.
- Cut the fabric entrance hole and stitch it open using a blanket stitch.
- Pierce a hole below the entrance hole and glue in a stick to act as a perch.
- Stitch all the fabric birdhouse sides together. Just use a simple childlike hand stitch.
- Glue in the top and bottom of the birdhouse.
- Bend the roof piece in half and glue it to the top of the birdhouse, to form a pitched roof.
- Finish off the birdhouse by gluing a pom pom trim around the roof.
By the way, if you are a bird lover then you might want to check the amazing collection of free vintage bird prints on Pictureboxblue.com
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