How to Make A Tropical Fabric Birdhouse Decoration

Make your own Gorgeous Tropical Fabric Birdhouse Decoration

I love the tropical trend at the moment, I think it’s because it remind me of my childhood growing up in the far east. To add a bit of tropical fun to my decor I made this gorgeous tropical fabric birdhouse.
This birdhouse is basically an updated version of my very popular homemade fabric birdhouses. The big difference is the roof and the tropical fabric print I used. Also, I managed to find some lovely tropical birds to adorn my birdhouse.
I actually prefer this tropical fabric version of my birdhouse to the original. I will definitely be making more of them to decorate my home with. These birdhouses also make a great gift for someone. They are so easy and fun to make for a very little cost. You can either buy some tropical fabric or even use an old Hawaiian shirt or printed blouse to make the birdhouses with.
DIY Tropical Fabric Birdhouse Decoration
These tropical fabric birdhouses are very easy to make home decoration or gift.  Free pattern and full instructions.
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What you need to craft a tropical fabric birdhouse

  • Birdhouse template – You can download this template from my original homemade fabric birdhouse post for here free.
  • Cardboard – Scrap cardboard from old packaging is fine. I find amazon boxes great for this craft.
    Tropical print fabric – As the tropical look is really popular at the moment there are loads of tropical fabric prints around. I’m sure you’ll find one online you like, you’ll need no more than a fat quarter.
  • Fabric scraps to compliment your tropical fabric.
  • Quilt batting/wadding Only need about a fat quarters worth.
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Green embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needles
  • Large natural wood craft sticks (like fat popsicle sticks)
  • Twig for perch
  • Clip on decorative tropical birds
  • Antiquing wood wax
    Birds for tropical fabric birdhouse
    Tropical Fabric for birdhouses

    How to make a tropical fabric birdhouse base

    The birdhouses are made exactly the same way as my original fabric birdhouses except for the roof. If you want more detailed instructions for the birdhouse base then the ones below, then click over to the original birdhouse post
    1. Download template from original birdhouse post.
    2. Use the template to cut out the seven cardboard pieces. Cover with wadding and fabric using the glue gun according to the instructions. Don’t forget to cut out a entrance hole.
    Tropical fabric birdhouses pieces
    3. Sew up the fronts and sides of the tropical fabric birdhouses, using your embroidery thread and a giant cross stitch. Also sew a simple stitch around the entrance hole.
    Stitching up the tropical fabric birdhouses
    4. Use the glue gun to stick the top and bottom pieces to the stitched birdhouse base. Using a sharp object pierce a hole in the front of the birdhouse for a perch and wedge a twig into the hole.

    How to make the roof of your tropical fabric birdhouse

    This is where the instructions differ from my original fabric birdhouses. Instead of covering the cardboard roof piece with fabric, I made a wooden roof.
    Tropical fabric birdhouses roof pieces
    1. Wax your natural wood craft sticks to darken them. I used about 12 woodsticks for each birdhouse, enough to cover up the cardboard. You may also want to paint the underside of cardboard a darker colour.
    2. Fold your cardboard roof piece in half. Using the glue gun stick 6 of the craft sticks to each side of the roof.
    Tropical fabric birdhouse roof
    Finished tropical fabric birdhouse roof
    3. Again using the glue gun stick the wooden roof to top of your tropical fabric birdhouse. Now all you need to do is add tropical birds.
    These gorgeous tropical fabric birdhouses are really easy to make.  They make for a lovely home decoration or even a gift.  Step by step tutorial and free pattern.
    Embrace the tropical trend with this gorgeous fabric tropical birdhouse.  Fun and easy to make with free template.
    Tropical Fabric Birdhouse - Fun decoration, easy to make with free pattern and tutorial.
    Free pattern and tutorial to make this gorgeous tropical fabric birdhouse.

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    34 Responses

    1. […] birdhouses are both functional and decorative, and this birdhouse is one of such. The birdhouse is made using tropical fabric; the body is made of cardboard, covered […]

    2. That looks very colorful and nice!
      Greetings from Germany,

    3. Hi Claire, I just love it! Have always wanted to make something inspired by your birdhouses and now I’m thinking this might be perfect for an upcoming party……will have to see, but in the mean time great to reconnect and thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

    4. Very cute! I’m planning to decorate my Christmas tree in Florida this year with a whimsical snowbird theme… You are giving me ideas…

    5. Our feathered friends would love this and the probably the pesky squirrels also! Thanks for joining us again at Celebrate Your Story.

      • Thank you ! The birdhouse is more of a fun decoration as it is not weather proof.

    6. Love your birdhouse!! I couldn’t imagine it was made out of cardboard! Inexpensive though pretty DIY projects are the best for me.
      Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party!

      • Thank you ! Yeah they cost almost nothing to make but still look great. It’s currently on the wall in my dining room and it looks lovely there.

    7. My favorite thing about this is the big stitches you used along the edges. It sets it off amazingly well and adds a little touch of whimsy! Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Linkup! Hope to see you again next Sunday!

      • Thank you ! The stitches do add to the childlike fun of the project.

    8. Super colorful and cool, I’m going to give it a try.

    9. What a fun idea! Would love to have you share this on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

    10. What a super clever idea! I love all the bright colours that you used and the cute roof made from paddle pop sticks!

      Thank you so much for sharing your fun project over at Waste Not Wednesday! can’t wait to see what awesomeness you have been up to this week 🙂

    11. This is so fun, Claire! Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    12. This turned out really cute, I love the colors and those birds!!! Thanks for sharing your post with Creatively Crafty Link Party

    13. Oh dear, I think hubby has just lost his favorite Hawaiian shirt. So cute

      • Thank you ! I think that would be a great use of a Hawaiian shirt.

    14. Claire, I love love love this, it’s fantastic, what an awesome idea and those birds are so perfect for this fun birdhouse! It looks amazing! The fabric you chose is beautiful…

      • Thank you so much ! There are some lovely tropical print fabrics around at the moment.

    15. love the tropical print very cool thanks for sharing have a great week

    16. I love the quirkiness of this project. The birds, the fabric, the stitches, everything! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    17. Very cute! Would look good in most homes.

    18. […] really good.   *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.   […]

    19. so sweet! Thanks!

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