Chances are good you’ve seen the little wooden birdhouses available at your local craft store. At only a few inches high, they’re of course not meant to be used outdoors for real birds, but they can be personalized in endless ways to make wonderful home decor. One popular project out on the internet for these birdhouses is done using Japanese washi tape. Washi tape is a decorative paper tape, with texture and adhesive qualities similar to masking tape. It comes in a wide variety of designs, from cute to sophisticated, wild to simple. I recently picked up some washi tape on a clearance rack, and decided the time had come to give the washi tape DIY birdhouse project a try!
Washi Tape DIY Birdhouse Supplies:
- Miniature wooden birdhouse(s)
- Washi tape in your choice of designs. I used two contrasting designs per birdhouse. Find washi tape at your local craft store or online.
- Sharp scissors
- Exacto knife
- Hole punch
Washi Tape DIY Birdhouse How-To:
- If necessary, use sandpaper to remove any rough edges from the birdhouse hole. (A nail file works in a pinch!)
- Begin by working on the main body. Work one piece of tape at a time, pressing firmly once you have the tape in the right place. Like masking tape, this tape can be lifted and replaced multiple times until you’re happy with it.
- Lay the tape edge to edge, but avoid overlaps, as this tape is usually fairly sheer and your overlaps can be seen. I used vertical tape for straight sides, but decided to use horizontal tape on the round body.
- Use your Exacto knife to cut clean edges, and tweezers to lift extra pieces of tape away.
- When you come to the section on the front with the perch, use a hole punch first to create a hole in the tape to accommodate the perch.
- Lay the tape flat across the hole, then trim the tape to fold it into the opening. Cut small slits as shown to allow the tape to lay flat.
- When you’re done, press all the tape firmly once again to make sure it’s in place. If your tape is lifting anywhere, add a light coat of Mod Podge to hold it in place.
If you decide to give this DIY birdhouse project a try, why not take some photos when you’re done and come share them on the Birds & Blooms Community “Look What I Made” forum? Other readers would love to see your creations!