Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quick and Simple Parrotmen Houses for Venus

About six months ago I saw these small (appox. 5") .99 cent wooden bird houses in the craft store and thought that they would make cool houses for my Venusian Parrotmen. Where better for Parrotmen to live, than in birdhouses? I bought a half dozen of them with plans to finish them in a suitable woodsy style, but was always stumped at the best quick and easy way to texture them to resemble a trunk-like bark surface without doing a lot of spackle work.
Then last week, when I was in JoAnn's, I stumbled upon rolls of thin paper-like "bark". Ideal for my purposes of texturing the surfaces of my parrotmen houses. The stuff appears to be made from a composite of flattened decorative fungi. With this stuff in hand, I began to create my houses.

How the birdhouses come; straight out of the craft store.

First, I paint the top portion and the bottom a dark brown.

Shown also is an example of rolled "bark" in it's craft store packaging.
It comes in several different lengths, and I found it in the floral department.

I cut the bark to size with scissors and applied glue,
then held it in place with rubber bands while it dried.

Then I slathered the roof with glue, and applied a big clump of "floral moss",
pressing the moss firmly down into the glue.

When all this dries, I remove the rubber bands and trim up the moss for a neater look.
I also wrapped a bit of twine around the perch to give it a finished look.

Here's the completed house with it's base flocked and detail plants added. Next to it, on the right, is an ornament that is very similar in style that I found in Walgreen's at Christmastime last year. It was loose in a box of similar woodsey themed ornaments labeled "Natural Ornaments"

1 comment:

  1. Cool stuff there. Much simpler than my take on it. Check it out -