Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Christmas Bird House Village


My Rare One and I did not make a gingerbread house this festive season. Instead, we painted and decorated a Christmas Bird House Village!

A tiny A-frame bird house made me think of a Christmas tree, so I painted it in shades of green and stuck a whole bunch of bling on it to represent ornaments. The wreath around the bird house entrance is made from a couple of intertwined glitter pipe cleaners.


Continuing the bling and glitter theme, I then painted this medium-sized bird house blue and white. I shingled it (rather shakily) with blue and gold glitter card stock. I continued the blue theme with some self-adhesive blue bling on the sides. Another gold glitter pipe cleaner wreath and gold beads around the bottom and voila! Ready for some gay birds to move in!


My Rare One completed the large bird house at the centre of our village tableau. Apart from a glitter pipe cleaner wreath and some glitter snow on the roof, she did not take my easy route of just sticking on a bunch of bling. No, she instead painted all her decorations on the house with the teeny-tiniest of brushes! A candy cane fence and perch, a Christmas tree, the pre-oven festive turkey, a cheery snowman and twinkling Christmas Bell lights -- all meticulously painted by hand!


I apologize for these kinda crappy, blurry photos I took. Too much eggnog, I guess, LOL!

[Photos © Debra She Who Seeks, December 2021.]

46 comments:

Tasker Dunham said...

Full production and marketing next year?

Boud said...

You guys had altogether too much fun building your village! It's just lovely. And the miniature painting! I have to go back and look at everything again now.

Marie Smith said...

I love the bling you added and the painted one is great too. A nice change from gingerbread houses.

Travel said...

Amazing work. Maybe that turkey is home and will escape the oven, at least this year.

Laura J said...

These are charming! I might just try this next year!

Bob said...

I love the idea, and the creativity is amazing!

Liz Hinds said...

Wow! Amazing! You are both so talented.

Frank said...

Not only do I envy your creativity, but the enthusiastic effort that goes into your projects. Is there a well of enthusiasm somewhere I can get a drink? I don't think it's eggnog.

Moving with Mitchell said...

I wouldn’t mind too much eggnog. These houses are so much fun. I’d move into the one done by Rare One... because it’s got those high ceilings I like. A great collection!

Mistress Maddie said...

I know for fact my birds wouldn't mind occupying these residences!!!! My favorite is the white and blue with blue gold roof. For some reason reminds me of a beach but. At first glance I did think the roof was made of grasses.

A fun project!

bobbie said...

Well done, both of you!!

krayolakris said...

They are all quite lovely, with the perfect amount of bling!

Have you seen the design of the new James Webb telescope? The core element is a giant honeycomb!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ krayolakris -- Yes, I've seen the new telescope on the news and the giant golden honeycomb lens did not escape my attention! Very fitting that it will help us learn more about space and the beginnings of the universe!

BootsandBraids said...

These are amazing. You two can teach classes on how-to.

The Blog Fodder said...

What a great idea. Will they be filled with little birds next summer or save and added to. That hand painted turkey is awesome

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ The Blog Fodder -- Oh no, they are purely decorative and not meant for real birds. They couldn't afford the rent we'd charge anyway.

DVArtist said...

Wow! Those are amazing. A lovely little village for sure.

Tundra Bunny said...

Nicely done! I really like the candy cane fence, peppermint perch, Xmas tree, turkey, etc. hand-painted by your Rare One. Your bottle brush trees are beautiful too, especially the silver one. All in all, a lovely winter tableaux! And best of all, no calories, LOL!

Lady M said...

Awwe - really cute! You both have such unique styles.

Debi said...

A fight will occur to occupy these upscale beauties! Well done indeed! Joyful, glittery and elegant, the birdies will swarm! xoxoxo

e said...

You are both artistic and crafty with it. These look perfect, and so festive! The sparkly pipe cleaner wreaths are about my speed. Cheers!

Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...


I love christmas villages and this one is adorable!

Parnassus said...

Hello Debra, These are clever masterpieces, as we have come to expect from you two. Are these for decoration only, or are you planning for birds actually to move in?
--Jim

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Parnassus -- No, no, they're purely decorative only. We have no desires to take on the hassle of being landlords.

Jennifer said...

Absolutely fantastic! I LOVE this idea so much!

Each and every one of these birdhouses is a work of art.

Linda said...

What a great idea! I think I may steal it.

Joanne Noragon said...

These are beautiful structures. I wondered if you would de-bling them to put them out, and am happy to see they won't be hung in trees.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Are you kidding? There's nothing crappy here.
They look exquisite to me. I especially adore the blue and gold one.
You and Rare One do very nice work.

Mike said...

You can never have too much egg nog.

Kirk said...

They're fabulous!

G. B. Miller said...

Now that is coolness personified. Excellent!

This N That said...

Darling little bird houses.Love the art work..Now you need an inside birdie to move in..Happy New Year to you both..

Adam said...

Fit for the north pole

Katrina said...

These are amazing! I bet you could sell these at craft fairs, they are so cute!

Ellie-TheForgottenMuse said...

These are so lovely and what a wonderful idea.

Busy Bee Suz said...

These are so very sweet! You are both so very creative and I love the bling and non-bling. :)
Merry and Happy!

Martha said...

These are really lovely! A wonderful creative project!

Linda said...

So lovely!! You both are awesome artists!

Miss Val's Creations said...

How creative and fun! Loving the touch of tinsel!

Barbara said...

I like the idea of painted birdhouses. It would be a great project for me and the Grand Girls. I'll have to keep my eye open for sales at the craft store and stock up for next year. I might even have both families over and get the adults involved too. Great Idea.

Guillaume said...

These look lovely.

Breenlantern said...

These are awesome. Great job.

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baili said...

Oh i loved thest beautiful stunning birdhouses ;)

It must be quite a task when work with tiny things but you guys did great job here as they look fabulous and pretty!

Rommy said...

Those turned out so cute! And never apologize for too much eggnog LOL

yellowdoggranny said...

how I loooooved this.

Magic Love Crow said...

Love the bird houses! You and your Rare One, did an amazing job! Big Hugs!