Friday, January 24, 2014

Town Construction: Stamp Houses

Imagine a Little Town residential construction site. The builder for this dream is Heather Donohue at Search under the stamp category.
Before: styrofoam, pins, glue, and vintage stamps

Here are little stamp houses/bird houses that you can make and wear as a pendants.They require a little more work than the ones above; however, Heather Alexander gives you easy to follow steps to construct them from stamps and other materials.

Chirpy Birdhouse Pendant by Heather Alexander
Heather suggests making your own little birdhouse pendant by decoupaging a tiny handmade house with your own paper memorabilia.

  • 3/4" thick piece of wood (maple)
  • 1 silver 1/2" eye screw
  • 1 vintage postage stamp
  • assorted paper ephemera, 1" square or larger or stamps
  • rubber stamp(s) and ink
  • decoupage medium
  • spray sealer
  • black permanent marker or paint
  • glue
  • table saw or jigsaw
  • awl
  • drill with 1/16" and 1/4" drill bits
  • 1/4" round hole punch
  • scissors
  • 100-grit sandpaper or sanding block
  • pliers
  • paint brush
Heather's EASY Tip: Try making these birdhouses using dice as the body of the house. Drill the door hole on the number one (1) side.  She says that no awl is necessary as there is already a perfectly centered guide.

Step-by-step instructions, along with here photo images, are at Jewelry Making Daily.

You can also purchase Heather's work at Art by Heather.