Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christmas in July

I’ve been seeing a lot of Christmas in July stuff, so I thought I’d go along. Originally I had wanted to make a gingerbread dollhouse, but since I don’t have anything to do with it once it’s done, it seemed like a waste. Then at cake decorating class, I saw that Joanne’s was having a sale on small birdhouses - $1 each. Perfect!

I bought a small birdhouse, some white squiggly fabric trim, wooden circles, a paint kit, and some beads. The total cost was under $10. First I painted the whole birdhouse brown, for gingerbread. Then I lined the bottom and roof with the trim for icing. I painted the stick where the bird sits white, and used a red sharpie to draw swirled stripes like a candy cane.

I painted the wooden circles white and used the red sharpie to make them into peppermints. I glued them to the roof, which was easier than I thought it’d be – the trim was thick enough to stop them from sliding off while the glue dried.

And after all of the shingles had been added, here’s how it looked:

My mom suggested I make it into an ornament for the tree. I like the idea, but I’m not sure how I’m going to do it yet. I’ve still got the beads I bought for this project – they’re called “berry beads” and they look like gumdrops, but I couldn’t find a place on the birdhouse where they looked good. Tomorrow I’m going to play around some more with making a hanger and using the beads. Here’s what they look like:

When I get it figured out, I’ll post more pictures. I just wanted to make sure I got this up before August 1st – otherwise, the whole “Christmas in July” thing doesn’t really work. Any suggestions?


  1. Cute idea. It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas

  2. Cute, cute, cute! And you know how I am - Christmas in July crafters are at the top of my list!