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Celebrate National Craft Month with a Project That’s for the Birds

I don’t know if Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of an early spring was really accurate or not, but here in Texas, it certainly feels like spring is just around the corner. And personally, I am really ready for it! We’ve had pretty mild weather here, so it’s not just about warmer temperatures for me. I’m ready for the bright, spring colors of the budding trees and blooming flowers, and the kind of bright blue skies that you only see in the spring. And I can’t wait to hear the birds chirping in the mornings! That’s a spring favorite of mine.

March is National Craft Month, so today I’ve got easy spring craft ideas to celebrate spring’s imminent arrival and those lovely, chirping birds: DIY birdhouses and birdfeeders with supplies I gathered from Tuesday Morning. These projects can be done in just a couple of hours (or less!) and are fun for kids and adults alike.

Spring Craft Ideas

First up are paint-it-yourself birdhouses. My daughter gets the credit for finding these in the toy aisle at Tuesday Morning!

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They’re preassembled wooden birdhouses that come with paint pots in primary colors (which can be mixed to create a full rainbow of colors).

Can you believe these were only $3.99 each?

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One lazy weekend morning, I put a paper grocery bag on the kitchen table, set out the birdhouses and paint and some hot chocolate, and turned my kids loose to paint to their hearts’ content.

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They had a blast decorating their birdhouses and couldn’t wait to hang them outside.

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To help attract the birds, I figured we needed a birdfeeder. While I was perusing the craft aisle at Tuesday Morning, I saw these DIY basket frames and cheerful floral fabric bundles and knew I could use them to make my own birdfeeder!

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The directions for the basket frames are very clear and easy to follow. To make the basket, you can use yarn, raffia, or thin strips of fabric like I did.

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(If you’re thinking of doing this as a kid’s craft, though, I’d really recommend using yarn. The fabric must be cut into very thin strips for the best results, and it’s best if the ends of each strip are glued down. So that adds a little extra time and effort that could be avoided with yarn!)

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It started coming together very quickly!

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Each package comes with two basket frames. As I was weaving one frame for the birdfeeder, I decided I’d make the other one later to keep as a catch-all on my desk. It’s just too cute!

I kind of like the little threads that stick out from the fabric strips, but if you’re not a fan, you could use pinking shears to cut the fabric and I think that would help.

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I used a wider strip of contrasting fabric and some yarn to edge the basket, and more yarn to make a little sling to hang the birdfeeder from the tree.

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I love how it turned out! It’s a cheerful pop of color in our still-bare tree. I hung the birdfeeder and the kids’ birdhouses from the crepe myrtles in front of our house so that we (and the cats) would have a good view of them!

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I hope we’ll see some birds visiting soon!

If you’re looking for more DIY birdhouse and birdfeeder ideas, be sure to visit Tuesday Morning’s Crafts for Kids Pinterest board for inspiration! I’ve added some great spring craft ideas for kids of all ages.

I hope you have fun celebrating National Craft Month!

 

Cheers!

~Anna

 

This month’s featured products:

Real Wood Toys ready-to-paint birdhouses, $3.99 each (compare at $7.99 each); Clover basket frames, various sizes and shapes, $2.99-$3.99 each (compare at $6.95-$7.95 each); floral fabric bundles, $3.99 for a set of 5 fat quarters (compare at $9.99 each).

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Anna Dineen

Meet the Contributor

My home Tuesday Morning location: Hillside Village Shopping Center in Dallas, Texas

My favorite Tuesday Morning department: Do I have to choose just one? Craft section and seasonal accents.

A little about me: I’m the gal who always has a project (or two or three!) going on, whether it’s crafting for fun, DIY home decor or even a little remodeling. I do everything but cook! I’m obsessed with great design, old houses, fabulous wallpaper, sushi and hoarding craft supplies — not necessarily in that order.

What I love to write about: I love sharing my favorite craft and home décor ideas on the Tuesday Morning blog … it doesn’t matter what kind of project I’m working on, I know I can find the perfect thing for it at my home Tuesday Morning!

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4 Comments

  1. Reply Brenda Burbank

    Very disappointed in Florence Alabama. Store. No one greated me and the store was so disarranged. Only one person greated me as i was checkng out. Need to do some improvements on how you treat your customers. Felt like i was n a junk store. Not the first time this happened.

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      Reply Tuesday Morning

      We apologize for the frustration that must have caused you, Brenda. Poor customer service is not acceptable at Tuesday Morning nor is it typical. We will pass this information along to district management so we can ensure this does not happen again. You can also contact Customer Service directly by calling 1-800-457-0099 (Mon – Fri 8am – 5pm CST).

  2. Reply su

    My little grandson, who into crafts, would love this project.
    I will send a birdhouse to him and the other craft if I can find it at my Tuesday Morning.

  3. Reply Vickie

    I absolutely love Tuesday Morning. My favorite store has so much to see that I can expect to spend at least 2 hours walking the aisles. I usually make my rounds and then start all over because I know I will find treasures that I didn’t catch the first time. As you enter the store, the displays draw your attention to their products providing ideas and inspiration. They switch it up every so often keeping things fresh. The clerks are always very nice and I like that if you need help, they are there for you but they don’t follow you all over the store. Yes, there is a lot of stuff and sometimes you have to sort through things that people have misplaced but where else can you find so many unique items at pretty great prices? I would love to see another store open up closer to where I live but then my family would rarely see me.