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Getting Ready For Spring With Bird Houses

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This is such a great time of year! The weather is warming up, the birds are starting to re-appear, and the grass is getting a hint of green. What better way to announce to our feathered friends, that they are welcome, than to make them a brand new house!

There are a ton of templates on the web for birdhouses, and so many of them are amazing, but we are going to pick one that we use in our studio a lot. It's a very simple, yet very interesting design that my customers love!

Heat Advisory: If you live in a very warm climate, you may want to consider vent holes to help regulate the internal heat when using it outdoors. I recommend putting 2-3 holes on each side, just below the leaf. Another tip for heat regulation is to place the birdhouse out of direct sunlight, for instance... hanging it in a leafy tree or under a porch roof.

Ready to get going? Grab your coffee and let's head to the studio. Ps... you may want to experiment a little... you can change this design up fairly easy. As a matter of fact, you can check out our post from August on Broomstick Feeders, and implement the design here.What you will need:

  • Paper and pencil
  • Ruler
  • Slab of clay
  • Cutting tools
  • Scoring tool
  • Slip or Magic Water
  • Texturing items
  • Underglaze (if you want)

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Design and cut out a template
    • 1 front, 1 back, 2 sides, 1 bottom, 1 roof

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  • Lay your template on the slab of clay and lightly trace all the pieces

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  • Add texture, underglaze, writing etc... to the pieces
    • Note; make sure you know how your pieces will go together (just in case you have a continuous design you want to meet at the corners)

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  • Place the template back over the pieces and cut them out
    • Note; when you decorate the pieces, they may stretch a bit, so it's essential to lay the template back over them when you cut them out. You want to make sure the pieces still fit together properly.

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  • Cut a hole in the piece, you have decided was your front, for the opening and either cut a hole for the perch or make one out of clay

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  • Bevel sides (Xiem X-bevel is perfect), Score/slip the edges, and put it all together

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So, how simple was that? Do you think your feathered friends will like it? No matter what, it will look AMAZING hanging in the tree out front! Your friends and neighbors will be sure to comment on it, and you will probably make a sale or two in the process!

Want to share your ideas, or have a suggestion for our blog? Send us an email at bcscommunity@bigceramicstore.com.

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