|(Christmas 2011 )|
I had a request for a tutorial for this project so here we go ... it's long but not difficult ...
I bought a bird house from the $1 bin at Michael's (of course I couldn’t buy a single house I bought 12). Next carve the “window” (my house already had the "half door"), I carved with exacto and utility knives; sanded to smooth the rough edges.
The base is a flat, 3.5 inch paper mache ornament, I get these at Hobby Lobby
(I can't find these year 'round, only in the fall)
I paint the barn (inside and out) and base with White Acrylic paint, let it dry
I paint the barn’s red areas, and let them dry.
Then I cover the entire surface with Sparkle Modge Podge
here's some of the supplies used
Now the fence …
well ... on this project it was a challenge, I couldn’t find the fence I previously used ... so after making a big mess I came up with this …
I used 2.5 inch “craft sticks” or Popsicle sticks cut to fit. My fence has four pieces vertical and a single horizontal length. Paint the fence, let it dry, then glue it onto the barn.
I add a deer under the fence on the back of my barns
When the fencing is in place then glue the barn to the base ... I use a glue gun for pretty much all my gluing.
Side note here ... days later :) ... I found the fence I wanted at Joann's ... so you can see the fencing options and how they compare
(please forgive my out of focus pic)
Now you’re ready to embellish your “Barn”
I add tinsel garland to the base, used 3 tiny trees (the one to the left is decorated with a tiny snowflake garland), all are glued in place, given a coat of Modge Podge Glitter, and then Snowtex.
The rain barrel is a tiny wooden spool covered with flat tooth pics, and painted with brown acrylic, the “band” is picture hanging wire. The “downspout” is a mini candy cane.
The paper images are from various internet sources, I altered the Santa’s head, because I liked the chubby face of this Santa vs the original. I alter the size of the images to the desired size using Microsoft Word; Picmonkey comes in handy to improve clarity and color.
All the paper images are painted with Modge Podge (I will abbreviate MP) …
MP Sparkle on the bag, Santa’s clothing, the deer; MP glossy on Santa’s belt and boots.
I use Puffy Paint on Santa’s beard and fur trim for dimension, I glitter the edges of Santa’s fur trim. I finish Santa’s back and toy bag by covering with contrasting paper.
In adding my paper images, I start with both deer, then Santa, and his bag. The tricky-est part of this project is getting the deer inside the barn !!!
(top of barn looking inside toward floor)
Sorry but you’re on your own here … I have been known to curse during this step …anyway it’s just a matter of twisting and turning and squirting glue blindly toward the barn floor ... whew now moving on ...
Next add a chenille stem around the “door" .... then let it snow and glitter …
I use Snowtex (all this from Hobby Lobby) and cover the fence, roof, base, trees, and barrel/downspout … just smear it on to look like drifted snow. Let it dry.
Finally, when the Snowtex is dry, I dab MP Sparkle over the roof, base, fence and sprinkle on Buffalo Snow (Hobby Lobby). Let it dry …
add the bow, bells and tag, etc.
And there you have it !! it’s not difficult to do but is a bit time consuming because of the steps that require drying. If any part of this is confusing or you have a question please let me know.
Merry Christmas 2012
Thanks for stopping by,
House (wood or make you own with cardboard)
Base (mine is 3 inch paper mache)
Fence (mine is made from 2.5 inch craft sticks, cut to fit)
Modge Podge Sparkle, Matte, Glossy
Embellishments – I used tinsel trim for base, chenille stem around “door”, ribbon, bells, plastic holly, barrel (made from wooden spool and flat toothpicks), mini candy cane
Deer - Free Pretty Things for You (Thanks Keren !)
Santa and bag I think I found these on Flickr, couldn't find the link, but did find this one, the book is for sale.
Santa face (Thanks Meri !)