Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Veneer Sphere Birdhouses

Simple and easy birdhouse design made from strips of wood veneer.

Veneer Sphere Birdhouse

Use simple strips of wood veneer edge banding to form a brilliant decorative birdhouse. Our how-to video will help you get the ball rolling.

Project Details
Skill level: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $19 plus stain
Time Estimate: 2 hours plus drying

  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Double-sided tape
  • Large plastic or Ziploc bags
  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Sharpie
  • Measuring tape
  • Center of a tape roll (or other round object)
  • Rag
Step 1. Cut two pieces of double-sided tape and place them on a large piece of cardboard about 20" apart. Repeat with six additional sets of double-sided tape.

Step 2. Cut seven strips of wood veneer banding -- starting at 24", then increasing the length by about 1/2" with each successive strip. Place these on the seven sets of tape.

Step 3. Stain the veneer strips with a 1" foam brush. Wipe the stain off with a lint-free rag, then let dry.

Step 4. Repeat Steps 1–3, staining additional sets of veneer strips in different colors. (We used four colors altogether, and left one set of strips unstained, so that we had 35 total strips.)

Step 5. Put all the smallest strips from the five sets into a bag labeled “1,” the second-smallest strips into a bag labeled “2,” and so on until you have seven bags.

Step 6. Take a strip from bag 1, form a circle with it, and hot-glue the two ends together. Repeat with the rest of the strips from bag 1, placing the circles around one another to begin forming a ball. Repeat this process with the strips from bags 2 and 3.

Step 7. After you’re finished with bag 3, establish where the birdhouse entrance will be by lodging a round object -- such as the center of a roll of tape -- into the ball. (You’ll work around this until it’s removed.) Then add the remaining sets of strips to the ball, covering up any big holes as you go along.

Step 8. Remove the round object (the birdhouse entrance). Insert a rope through a small hole in the top of the birdhouse, feed it through the entrance, tie a knot, then pull it back into the ball and hang.

You'll find these full directions and video at http://www.lowescreativeideas.com/idea-library/projects/Veneer_Sphere_Birdhouse.aspx


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