Birdhouse Ornaments (made from Pint-Sized Dairy Cartons)
I’ve always had a thing for bird ornaments hung on Christmas trees. Maybe because birds belong in trees and seem the happiest flitting around their branches. I have quite the assortment of bird ornaments but this year I got the idea to create birdhouse ornaments for my collection of birds. They look so cute I thought I’d share my DIY process.
Supplies needed to make Pint-Sized Carton Birdhouse Ornaments:
- pint-size cartons (creamer, whipping cream, I’ve got quite a collection from holiday baking)
- spray paint in white, soft pink, and light seafoam green
- x-acto knife
- snow glitter
- battery-operated tea light (optional)
- tiny faux birds
- acrylic white paint
As we learned from painting the tiny milk carton haunted houses, painting the waxed surface of a milk or creamer carton can be challenging. I’ve tried it both ways now: acrylic by hand and spray-paint. I have to say spray paint was better for overall coverage but I still had to break out some white acrylic paint to touch up some bits that flaked off. If you are going to paint your milk cartons by hand I would recommend sanding them a bit first to rough up the surface.
Cartons can be stubborn and might require several coats of paint. If you are spray-painting make sure you paint outside in a well-ventilated area.
After I painted them white, I dusted them lightly with a whisper of pink on some and seafoam green on the others. Of course, you could paint your birdhouse ornament any color you like but I have a pink tree at home that was calling out for a 50s rustic feel so I stayed in the pastel palette. Before the paint completely dried I sprinkled some pink and white glitter on the roofs to simulate snow. I think they look so pretty!
Now it’s time to cut the tiny birdhouse doors. I did this step after I painted but I think cutting before might be just as good if not better. I used a lid as a template to draw a circle lightly on one side. Then I carefully cut the circle out with an x-acto knife. I enlarged some of the circle doors and changed others to arched doorways just to create some variety.
Then I cut a small “x” below the circle door and inserted a straw for the birdhouse perch (see picture above). Some of the cartons were the kind you open from the corner so I glued them closed and used a binder clip to hold them while the glue dried (see pictures).
Then I stuck my tiny faux birds on some of the perches (see picture above), in the doorway and even on the roof where birds would be, naturally.
You can insert a battery-operated tea light through a little flap in the back (see above).
They looked so cute hanging on my pink tree! I’m almost tempted to hang some of them outside for the real birds.