Just like the crazy midcentury Santa decoration I shared last week, this birdhouse ornament is from my mom’s stash of homemade ornaments dating back to the early 1900s. This little bird feeder has always been a favorite ornament of mine – I think because rather than just hanging there looking pretty, it’s a little bit like a snapshot of a moment in time. The birds are resting on the feeder of a birdhouse to grab a quick snack before taking off. It’s really adorable hanging from a Christmas tree, and so easy to make.
Cut the following from your plastic canvas: two 2″x3″ rectangles, one 2″x2.5″ rectangle & one 3″x3″ square.
Sew a pattern like the one pictured on the 3×3 square with red and white yarn, bordering it with a whip stitch to cover the edges of the plastic canvas.
Sew yarn in a zig zag pattern over the two 2×3 rectangle pieces, whip stitching over the two short edges and one long edge. Whip stitch the rectangles together on the remaining long side, forming the peak of the birdhouse’s roof. (See: how to whip stitch plastic canvas together.)
Sew over the remaining 2×2.5″ plastic canvas piece, whip stitching over the edges. Sew it to the inside of the rest of the birdhouse roof.
This ornament is about 50 years old, so you’ll have to pardon a bit of frizz in the detail pics.
Fill the tiny plastic cup halfway with some bird seed and glue the roof to the top edge of the cup, centering it. Glue the bottom of the cup to the center of the 3×3″ square too. Let dry.
Glue a couple teeny tiny piles of bird seed and two little birds to the base of the birdhouse to finish, and use a little bit of fishing line or thread sewn through the top edge of the roof to hang.
So adorable, right? Do you have a favorite (possibly even homemade) Christmas ornament hanging on your or a relative’s tree? I’d love to hear all about it! :)