How to Create a Charming Victorian Holiday Bird House With Prima

Posted by Jennifer Snyder
Create a charming piece of home decor for the holidays using Prima's metal birdhouse and Victorian Christmas collection.

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Create a charming piece of home decor for the holidays using Prima's metal birdhouse and Victorian Christmas collection.

This isn't just home decor, this is a conversation piece. This is an heirloom you can pass down. This is your special touch for a magical and memorable Christmas. And Blitsy is here to show you how!


Prima Finnabair Altered Metal Frame Birdhouse

Olive Moss Ink

Colorbox Oval pads and Stylus

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Vintage Photo

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Walnut Stain

Martha Stewart Edge Punch Doily Lace

Prima Victorian Christmas Flowers Poinsettia Kiss

Prima Prima Victorian Christmas Flowers Holiday Light

Prima Victorian Christmas Flowers -Red Stocking

Prima Victorian Christmas Flowers - Wood Embellishments

Prima Victorian Christmas A4 Pad

Prima Gold Paper Doilies

Prima Lights 30 Count

Beacons 3-in-1 Glue

Ken Oliver Best Ever Craft Mat

Here are a few more close ups:


My project starts with the Prima Finnabair Altered Metal Frame Birdhouse. It's a sturdy and rather large rustic looking metal bird house frame. The dimensions are 3.5" x7"x5.75". So this is really a conversation centerpiece piece for sure. I left my birdhouse with its natural finish but it does hold paint, alcohol inks and mists rather nicely if you desire to change the color of the house.

I saved the paper packaging from the inside of the birdhouse and used that as a template for cutting my patterned paper to line the inside of the house.

I love inking the edges of paper to create depth. I used a combination of Tim Holtz Distress inks in Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. Then I glued the background paper in the house.

I punched some edges, inked them and glues them to the edge of the roof.

I never ever worry that my background papers are not fitting flush against the walls of the metal birdhouse. That's why I have all sorts of trims! They clean up and clover all my imperfections. The key, however, is a good sturdy glue that will adhere to metal. I use my trusty Beacons 3-in-1 glue because it can be used on a variety of products.

In the photo below, you can see the gold cording I chose and glued all around the inside and roof line of my house.

I'm done with the frame of the house for now and am moving on to the inside decorations. Below is an image of my next step- the illuminated Santa image.

I created the gold backdrop by using Prima's gold doilies and glueing it to cardstock for structural support. The I cut the doily out.

I wanted to illuminate this. Prima has some very very cool new lights and I grabbed the 30 count package. I glued the lights to the doily using the Beacons 3-in-1 glue. The lights are LEDs so they don't get hot. My doily is also foil so that's an added safety bonus.

Now what's up with the cardboard in the photo? Well, I needed a way to get the doily to stand up in the birdhouse and rest securely against the back of the birdhouse. I cut a bunch of cardboard squares and glued them together. They are not pretty, that's for sure. BUT no one will see them - they serve a purpose and it works well. Plus it fits into my budget.

I cut the vintage Santa from a sheet of the Prima Victorian Christmas A4 paper pad. He'll be glued to the doily.

I added some embellishments, flowers, leaves and floral berries all from the Prima Victorian Christmas collection.

To finish up, the last step is to add a small platform for the power pack on the lights. The off/on switch needs to be easily accessible. I grabbed another gold foil die and glued it to cardstock for support. Then it was glued to the hirdhouse.

Oh - I also decided to some embellishments to the peak of the house. Just a little to add balance.

Happy Crafting!