Simple Solution: Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse

mausoleum birdhouse
mausoleum birdhouse  
Designed by
Cindi McGee – Behind These Eyes™
 
Just in time for Halloween, add a little spooky glow to your mantle this season with this Haunted Mausoleum Birdhouse!  

Materials:
  • Plaid® (www.plaidonline.com
    • Wooden birdhouse
    • FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk Paint
      • Maui Sand
      • Rich Black
    • FolkArt Home Decor Antique Wax
  • Makin’s Clay® (www.makins-usa.com)
    • Black 
    • Cutting Mat 
    • Ultimate Clay Machine™
    • Professional® Clay tools Texture Sheet Set D – Woodgrain Sheet 
    • Easter Clay Cutter – Cross Cutter
  • Beacon Adhesives® (www.beaconadhesives.com)
    • Tacky Glue  
  • Spellbinders® (www.spellbinderspaperarts.com)
    • Grand Calibur™ Machine
    • Graveyard Scene & Shapes Die 
  • X-Acto craft knife 
  • Skull mold (special thanks to my Fairy Craftmother for mine!
  • Skull bead 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Paper towels 
  • Spanish Moss
  • Charcoal grey paper/card stock 
  • Battery-operated votive 
  • Spiderwebbing 
 
Instructions: 
1. Paint entire birdhouse with Plaid FolkArt Home Decor Maui Sand Chalk Paint. Let dry. 
 
2. Roll black Makin’s Clay with Ultimate Clay Machine to setting #7 (or hand roll very thin – about 1/16”). Use Woodgrain texture sheet to gently impress texture onto rolled clay. Using cutting mat as a guide, use cutter to cut 2 x 2cm squares. Apply Beacon Tacky Glue to surface of roof, then begin applying squares, overlapping some, to create look of shingles. Let dry. 
 
3. Dry brush shingles with Maui Sand chalk paint.  
 
Mausoleum birdhouse HOW 1 
 
4. Use black clay in skull push mold to create skull. 
 
5. Flatten piece of black clay (I used my fingers, as I wanted an uneven appearance) to about 1/4”. Place plastic wrap over clay, and cut cross using clay cutter. (Tip – Plastic wrap makes it easy to remove the clay from the clay cutter!
 
6.  Dry brush skull and cross with Maui Sand chalk paint. (Can be done when the clay is fresh, or dry.) 
 
7.  Use Tacky Glue to mount skull to front top of birdhouse, over opening, and cross to roof peak.
 
Mausoleum birdhouse HOW 2
 
8. Flatten piece of black clay (I used my fingers, as I wanted an uneven appearance) to about 1/4”. Use clay tool to write/etch desired word into clay. Trim around word.  Dry brush with Maui Sand chalk paint. Use Tacky Glue to mount to birdhouse beneath skull. 
 
9. Mix small amount of Rich Black and small amount of Maui Sand chalk paint to create darker grey. Paint door onto front of birdhouse over hole on bottom. Outline door in black, and paint center line to divide door.    
 
10. Use paper towel to apply small amount of Antique Wax to all surfaces except roof. Wipe to remove excess.   
 
Mausoleum birdhouse HOW 3
 
11.  Use Spellbinders Grand Calibur and Graveyard Scene & Shapes die to cut 4 graveyards from charcoal paper. 
 
12.  Apply Tacky Glue to top of bottom piece of birdhouse, mount Spanish moss.  
 
13.  Apply Tacky Glue to outside edge of bottom piece of birdhouse, mount graveyard scenes over edge around base, leaving a space for the “front step” of the mausoleum. 
 
Mausoleum birdhouse HOW 4
 
14.  Add skull bead accent to front step. 
 
15.  Add spiderwebs as desired. 
 
16.  Optional: To make your Haunted Mausoleum glow – use a sturdy craft knife to cut an opening in the bottom of the birdhouse. The birdhouses are made from lightweight wood so this is possible, if done with caution!  
 
mausoleum birdhouse HOW 5

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