Congratulations to the Graduates - Class of 2012!!!
Here it is June already, May certainly flew by - like a blink of the eye. Today I have some birdhouses to share. We wanted some table decorations for Jess and J's (aka "the twins") Graduation Party. Um wait - - -ummmmm... did I just say Jess and J's graduation party??? OMG!!! Where did those 18 years go!!! Time, just slow down some would you - here I am thinking a month flew by when in reality - I am not sure where the last 18 years went...that's scary!!!
Reality is - I could spend the rest of this post gushing over how great these two graduates are - - but if I do - I may not be very popular with them for a while so - - suffice it to say we are soooooooooooo proud of both of them!!! Congratulations!!!
Since we are honoring two graduates, I decided on two birds on each birdhouse. Each bird is perched - ready for a little test flight (just to the beach for Senior Week though - - as long as it is okay with Mom).
I picked up the birds, unfinished birdhouses and twig branches at Michael's.
I thought the birdhouses looked pretty good - so I dug right in and started to spray on a coat of primer. OOooops! Reality is - once I had a coat of primer on the first one - - I realized they were going to need additional prep work to cover the nail holes and some other rough spots that had magically appeared. So I spread a little Bondo on, let it dry and sanded. Sure it required more effort but it greatly improved the finished look (and let me tell you - these two are worth it).
After sanding - make sure you remove all of the dust prior to applying the primer and then painting. I keep an old hairdryer with my other tools, it works great for getting into some of the nooks and crannies that you otherwise just can't reach. Once the paint dried, the birds were hot glued to the house and small river rocks were scattered in the bottom.
If you decide to add a tea light (or candle) - do not burn candles unattended and I also recommend you glue the bottom of the tealight or votive to the bottom of the bird cage to ensure it does not become a fire hazard. Sound like the voice of experience??? Yep...you bet - apparently one of the tea lights shifted during transportation and was toooooooo close to the side of the cage. Fortunately our lovely daughter-in-law was standing nearby and quickly extinguished the growing flame.
We had eight tables so we made two birdhouses in each of the four colors. Two green...
I wasn't pleased with the way the twigs were fastened in that picture above - so I made a slight modification to hot glue the branches to the roof and then added a bow to look like this.
(That's better). Then I proceeded to make two in blue...
Two in red...
And...two in brown...
To break up the white birdhouses on the white tablecloth - we used a varigated green placemat under each of the birdhouses.
The variations in green in the placemat tied in with the varigated greens in the candles used in the hurricanes. I picked up the candles on clearance at Michael's for less than $2 a piece. I already had the hurricanes and the twigs were left over from the birdhouses.
The bottom of the hurricanes were filled with river rocks to match the flooring in the birdhouse and twisted twigs were added to further tie them into the birdhouses. On the tables, we alternated the birdhouses and hurricanes.
We liked the way that all the materials used for the hurricanes and birdhouses tied in with the outdoor setting for the graduation party.
While I was making these, I got to thinking you could use these little birdhouses for various events such as baby and bridal showers, weddings, birthdays, Easter or Spring...
A word to the Graduates: Your dedication, energy, time and other sacrifices have certainly paid off. As you reach this milestone - you can be very proud of your accomplishments. As you celebrate, pause to recognize the strength within you to be everything you dream to be through self-determination. We wish you continued success and fulfillment in all of your future endeavors. We love you!!!Congratulations!!!
So I am curious, anybody else decorating for a graduation party? If so, I'd love to hear your ideas.
(aka Nan) XOXOX Hugs, kisses and Best Wishes!