The other day I opened a big box of Mod Podge products from Plaid Crafts.
It was like Christmas in June!!
There were so many new products– I couldn’t wait to get started!!
I’ve been working on sprucing up my backyard and I have always wanted to try the Outdoor version of Mod Podge. I had some birdhouses in my bedroom that don’t really fit in with my decor in there now. I bought them about 10 years ago, and I thought it might be fun to do something with them in my yard.
So I took some fabric and decoupaged it onto the birdhouses. I think it gives them a new updated. modern look!! And to display them in my yard, I mounted them on some 4×4 posts I picked up at my hardware store.
I also added a little bit of whimsical trim I also found at the hardware store. Can you believe this is trim that you buy to go with corrugated metal roofing?? I loaded up my cart and I think the hardware store workers were wondering what I was doing with it LOL.
Here’s how to Mod Podge Fabric to Wood:
- The first thing I did was I traced the birdhouse fronts onto some craft paper.
- Then I cut that silhouette out and pinned it onto the fabric I wanted to use.
- I cut the fabric pattern out and laid it onto the front of the birdhouse. Since I had a drawer(s) in the middle of the birdhouse, I traced the opening with a pencil. Then I cut it out. The middle part I used to mod podge the drawer.
- I also traced the round hole and cut that out.
- Then I added a layer of outdoor Mod Podge to the front of the birdhouse and then laid it on top of the birdhouse. I immediately smoothed the fabric out using a new Mod Podge tool. It’s great.Don’t push too hard or the fabric might stretch and become too big.
- Once the fabric was smoothed out, I added a layer of Outdoor Mod Podge to the top of the fabric and let it dry.
- After the birdhouses were Mod Podged and the Mod Podge had dried, I added the trim. I mitered the edges of the trim and then applied it to the bottom of the birdhouses. First I added some wood glue to the bottom of the bird houses. Then I laid the first piece of trim and then nailed them to the bottom of the birdhouses. I did this with all four pieces of the trim.
- The nails did go through the bottom of the birdhouse (I took the drawers out first). After nailing them through, I snipped off the ends with some heavy-duty wire snips.
- I also added a drawer pull to one of the birdhouses. I think it’s so pretty.
Then I made some little Mod Podgeable Tags to go on the outside of the birdhouses. These are so fun. You can use them to make necklaces and so much more. They are different sizes and shapes of clear tags and you can Mod Podge the front or back of the tags. You can also embellish them. So many possibilities. I used some of the leftover fabric and used the Outdoor Mod Podge along with some letters in the paper booklets to spell out “FLY” and “Soar” and then I attached them to the birdhouses.
The last thing we did was put the posts in the ground and added birdseed to the drawers.
Ella also made some necklaces for her and her “bestie” — a tutorial on how to make those necklaces is coming up soon.
So go out and get some old birdhouses to jazz up your yard!
Thanks to Plaid Crafts for the awesome Mod Podge products!!
You can find out more about Mod Podge on Plaid’s Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest pages. And the amazing Amy from Mod Podge Rocks, has also created a Community Pinterest Board with tons of Mod Podge ideas. It’s a fabulous resource!!
Have a Creative Day!
Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are 100% mine.