Do you have a favorite children's book? Or maybe an armful? Me too! Next week is Children's Book Week and I'll be giving away a GORGEOUS and AMAZING book by Samantha Vamos called: The Calenzuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred. Wait till you see it!
In the meantime, the notion of Children's Book Week prompted me to make a project inspired by one of my most treasured children's books: "I Can Fly" by Ruth Knauss, illustrated by Mary Blair. Mary Blair was an amazing artist and one of the great creative geniuses behind Disney's charming "It's a Small World" ride.
Supplies: Cheap inexpensive wooden birdhouse from Michael's, spray paint in flat white, Modge Podge, scissors, a ruler and paper trimmer… and STUFF to embellish ( I used scrapbook paper– Carolyn Gavin via K & Company, feathers, glitter, a birdie from the Dollar Store, small canvas flag from Canvas Corp, my sewing machine and some random rhinestones). *Note the feathers are orphans from Mia's boa collection!
Step 1: Remove the knobs and spray paint the birdhouse
Step 2: Measure paper to cover the different areas and use Modge Podge to make 'em stick
Step 3: To get the right shape under the "eaves" I just sort of pushed the paper under them and made a crease so I knew where to cut the paper.
Step 4: Measure, trim and "podge" the paper
Step 5: Because I used paper from a pad, they all sort of coordinated *wink
Step 4 1/2: Just keep going! It comes together quickly.
Step 5: After all the paper on on there, put an extra coat of Modge Podge on. *Note to get around the circles and parts where screw is– I used a circle punch when the "hole" should be in the paper and use a hole punch to make room for where the screw was.
OKAY time for the FUN part! Embellish away…
I used feathers on the eaves
The little canvas flag is from Canvas Corp – I just punched holes in it. I sewed the lyrics from the song/book on and added a little bling. The stick is a lollipop stick.
I added some glitter action with Martha Stewart glitter.
Oh Dollar Store– I love your stuff! Especially your birdies.
I'm curious– what children's book inspires you? Linking to these fab parties.