How to Create a Faux-Gingerbread Cottage 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

Paint the house and fence with brown craft paint. Let dry.

Step 2

Use sticky tack to temporarily adhere polymer clay candy, including
the faux lollipops, to the house and fence until you like the placement;
do halved pieces for trim.

Step 3

Outline the “icing” designs with a chalk pen, erasing mistakes with a damp cotton swab. Remove the tack and secure each piece with hot glue. Go over the chalk lines with puffy fabric paint to resemble “icing” and let dry.

Step 4

For the green wreath, stick two pieces of adhesive craft foam together to make a doubly thick piece. Trace a circle on top and cut with scallop scissors. Decorate with stick-on snowflakes and small circles of adhesive cut with a hole punch.

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