How to Create a Candy Cane Castle Out of a Birdhouse

Bring a basic bird house to life for the holidays. HGTV Magazine shows you how.

Photo by: Jeffrey Westbrook

Jeffrey Westbrook

Step 1

Adhere vertical strips of red washi tape all over the house and trim the ends. We used 15-millimeter washi tape for the diagonal stripes and 8-millimeter for the straight ones. To make small pieces for the doorway and windows, place a strip of 15-millimeter tape on wax paper and cut — they’ll peel off easily. Attach washi tape to white vellum, then adhere vellum to the inside of each window with double-sided tape.

Step 2

Cut a piece of red cardstock for the door and adhere with double-sided tape on the inside of the house. Hot-glue on a white bead for the knob, then hot-glue a mini wreath to the house.

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