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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Song Birds

Hi Y'all, I'm ready to get busy with a new project, how about you?  I picked up a couple of "love birds" at the dollar tree with the plan of painting them white. I love all the cute white accessories out in the blogoshpere, and I couldn't pass up a chance to make a set of  birds for $2! Sometimes things don't go as planned, BUT even better....
Here is a glimpse of the original "sand" birds....
Sand bird????
As you can see they are not the cutest, but pretty good for $1. I assume they landed at the dollar store because some creative genius decided to put glue on em' and roll em' in sand....NOT the best idea! Maybe if they were completed covered in sand...a beachy theme?  Anyway I was not interested in beach birds so I started sanding. I believe the sand was applied with gorilla glue....but I finally managed to sand em' enough to prime...
Primed
These were taking way to much time to prep, but I needed smooth so I sanded AGAIN!
Unfortunately, the second sanding was not any more successful. So what's a girl to do when Plan "A" fails?....Forget the plan and move on!!  
More sanding...
Still not smooth!
Since these were not going to be "love birds" I decided to make them Song Birds! I have seen lots of book pages, and music pages used for EVERYTHING on Pinterest, so that was the new plan....Here goes...
Old hymnal....love
Music lover
Song Birds need music so I grabbed my garage sale Hymnal and removed a few loose pages...found the glue, and got to work....


I mixed up some glue and water, tore some pages in small pieces, and put them in the bowl to soak. After a couple of minutes I started placing the page pieces on my new Song bird....repeat, repeat, repeat!
Just glue and water
Not sure yet...
Getting better...
After I finished covering the cuties, they looked too plain so what next!...Urethane!
Need a little something...
I expected the satin urethane to give a satin finish, but I got an unexpected surprise. The urethane accentuated each layer, and gave an antiqued look....I just love when I get Great Surprises!!! 
Still drying but lookin' good!
After drying they looked perfect. I'm lovin' the dollar tree! So here they are out for a day in the Spring sunshine...
My New Song Birds....









Now I am waiting for another free piano on CL so I can put my Song Birds to use.....NOT!! My husband is wonderful, but if I drag home another piano (yes I have done this before!), he will move to the garage (if he could find a spot :) !!!
Well, tell me what you think...Do you like the white version, the plain song birds, or the finished "aged" song birds? What have you made from the dollar tree?
I love all your comments, and look forward to hearing from you.....Have a blessed day!

49 comments:

Tatiana Doria said...

They look wonderful!
What a great idea. I must try it.

www.tatianadoria.blogspot.com

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

Lori, this is FANTASTIC! I love your little song birds!!! SO CUTE! I'm obsessed with anything bird related!!! I'm excited to be following you, too!

I just started a giveaway and I'd love to have you enter to win! Here's the link if you're interested. http://www.itsoverflowing.com/2011/12/giveaway-pick-your-plum.html

XO,
Your Bloggy Friend,
Aimee

aimee said...

What a cute idea. Two of my favorate things birds and music sheet paper thanks for sharing xxx

Lynda said...

Two of my favorite things, music & birds. These are just so lovely :)

{Thank you for the sweet comment you left on Miss Tori's Treasures <3 } I am a new follower :)

Mary said...

They turned out adorable! But, guess what? I liked them with the sand on them. Made them sort of shabby chic! LOL

The Southern Product Queen said...

I love your blog, and your ideas! Super cute! I saw your blog on Tip Junkie! I am having a linky party too, and would love if you would join! Here is this link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/2011/12/27/the-linky-party-1227-1231/ Thanks for sharing! Happy New Years!

Jamie @ Sew Rockin' said...

Your birds came out great!

Hahahaha...I think I have at least 5 projects going too! Time to wrap some of these up and get them blogged :)

Katherines Corner said...

What a wonderful surprise. I think your song birds are beautiful, well done!Thank you for linking up to the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop at Katherines corner. xo

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

Great way to save your project! They are adorable! I'm a new follower!

Adrianne said...

These are beautiful. I liked them both ways as soon as you got rid of the sand (seriously - what are some people thinking? LOL!) But the painted version was nice had they sanded down better, but the music is a lovely touch!!

Returning the follow from Happy Hour Projects, thanks for dropping by! I also have a link party on the weekends, Freestyle Friday, so come on back and link up if you would like!

Adrianne
www.happyhourprojects.com

Elaine said...

You are clever..those birds are so much "in" now. love them

Amy said...

Wow, they look fanTAStic! What a huge difference. I'm a sucker for anything covered in sheet music...love them! I'd be thrilled if you would take a minute to share them at my party too.
http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/12/shine-on-fridays-8.html

artbywendy said...

I LOVE your song birds! how creative! thanks for stopping by my blog and for following me! I'm your newest follower too! So glad I found your blog! Happy New Year!

Kerstie said...

What a transformation! They turned out so nice.

SuppersYoungans&Thangs said...

Thanks for flying over to Suppers, Youngans, and Thangs. You have a beautiful blog. I will definately follow you!

Maria Matter said...

love the vintage look! great idea Lori!

Kate said...

Love the birds, that is such a great idea. Thanks for stopping bu my blog and becoming my 101 follower. I hope you have a happy new year.

Buffie said...

I just love these! Will have to try for sure.

Happy New Year,
Buffie
http://papercuts4u.blogspot.com

Pat said...

I love this idea! Happy New Year. I hope yours is full of joy, peace, love and creativity!

Unknown said...

These are beautiful I want to make some for a young couple from our church who are getting married soon Sue is a music teacher so they would be just perfect.I hope I can find some birds. thanks for the idea

meijo's JOY said...

Love this project - everything is perfect..the music sheet..the birds.... so meaningful and pretty at the same time! Thanks for visiting my blog and your sweet comments!

Jill said...

Oh what gorgeous little songbirds! Brilliant idea and worth all that effort!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

cameronhomemade said...

I love the aged song birds - vintage is my favorite!

Betsy Pool said...

VERY cute!! Love the songbirds! I'm pinning it!

Zoe Sanderson said...

Your song birds are fantastic, smooth white would have been lovely but made over as you have they are even better. XOXO Zoe

raising4princesses said...

so pretty. I've found myself in love with every bird themed project I see lately. The hymns and sheet music is so beautiful and calming.

I’m having a link party on my blog today if you want to come over and share this I’d be just tickled pink! Here’s the link if you’re interested! http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/2012/01/t-time-51-and-link-party.html Happy New Year, Maria

Wanda @ Centsible Chic said...

Found you at Kammys Korner. They are so adorable, fabulous transformation.

PitterAndGlink said...

These are gorgeous! Major improvement! :)

BettyJean @ Shabby Tea Party said...

All the sanding was definitely worth it. They look a thousand times better, so much depth and character now. LOVE the urethane finish. You could even brush on and quickly wipe off a light coat of brown stain to give it even more of an antique look. Warm Hugs,

folkhaven said...

I love these birds! SO beautiful. :-)

Kammy Wielenga said...

you are such a smarty pants! :) Turned out adorable. I usually just stick with plan A and then hate it the rest of it's life. haha. Oh, and your point about the calories?! Uh, WOW! I needed that this morning!

Jodi@ underthegeorgiasun.com said...

oh my gosh! LOVE those song birds!!! Way, way cool. :o)

found you at Project Queen

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Love these -- I feel like I'm always covering things with sheet music -- good thing my family doesn't stand still too long or else . . .

Holly said...

I A D O R E your little birdies! I'm fascinated with birds and music...going to have to mod podge some of my birds around here! =)

Good Time Charlie said...

Love this project! Thank you so much for linking up at Redoux. Happy New Year!

Fishtail Cottage said...

These are darling!

Abbie said...

Umm...LOVE! Just may have to STEAL!

Well done!

Thanks SO much for linking up @ Feature Friday Free-for-all!

~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

How lovely! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

Melanie
www.bearrabbitbear.com

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

What an awesome job you did on these birds! Thank you for linking up to my party!

Kadie said...

I really like the music version. They would be a great gift for a piano teacher. Thank you so much for linking to out Link it up Party!:)

Our DIY Diaries said...

I love these! They would be perfect in the music room I am working on! I would love for you to come share them at our Fab not Drab linky party http://www.ourdiydiaries.com/2012/01/fab-not-drab.html

Jen

Julie said...

Your birds are really cute! I would love it if your shared this with my new blog hop:

http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/01/show-your-stuff-5.html

Katherines Corner said...

Oh I'm thrilled you chose this post to share. Thank you for joining us at the Thursday Favorites Hop and for sharing it with your readers too. Wishing you a happy weekend! xo P.S. Have you entered the Pink Poodle giveaway yet?

Becolorful said...

Such a fun play on words with a creative outcome. Love them. I also loved your cane chair turned jewelry organizer and will be featuring it tonight on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Pam

buggalcrafts said...

Adorable! Love them!

Ruby Jean said...

Oh I think I can hear them SINGING!!!! So very sweet and PERFECT!!!!
http://shoprubyjean.com/2012/01/sew-crafty-tuesday-6-and-giveaway/

Tonia L said...

Great idea to cover the birds with song sheets! It looks so adorable!
~Tonia @TheGunnySack.com

Just Jaime said...

So cute and such a great idea!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a cute new look!