Monday, August 22, 2011

Sew and Tell: granny square birdhouse

Today I'm sharing this Anthropologie Inspired Crochet Granny Square Birdhouse.


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I saw this cute crocheted birdhouse on the Anthropologie site. It’s made from recycled wood and repurposed cloth – very eco-chic.


Since I’m learning to crochet, I thought I’d try to make one of my own.


Mine isn’t eco-chic but it is bright and cheerful. I made 5 granny square (4 sides and a bottom) and stitched them together.


I inserted pieces of cardboard to the inside so the birdhouse would keep it’s shape.


I used a paper plate for the roof, cutting a pie wedge out and taping it into a cone shape. The shingles are made out of burlap and glue gunned into place.


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Side-by-side comparison. Anthro birdhouse (left)   My birdhouse (right)
Mine might not be as eco-friendly but it definitely is more budget-friendly.

39 comments :

  1. I voted for you. Love your bird house. I would love for you to show this off at my Wickedly Crafty Saturdays! Linky is still up & running. http://wiccanmakesometoo.blogspot.com/2011/08/wickedly-crafty-saturdays-82011.html

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  2. that's a fun idea, I might have to try it out

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  3. adorable Carolyn, this is such a great way to use some granny squares! And your version is much more cheerful-thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  4. It's so cute!!
    I love the colours and that roof!!
    Brilliant!

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  5. very cute! thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. yours is way cuter, for serious!

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  7. yours is MUCH cuter! so charming!

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  8. I like yours. The color combination is far more cute.

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  9. They are both fabulous, where will you put it? Lynda

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  10. Totally cute little bird house. Makes me wish I could crochet ...

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  11. They are both fabulous! but I like your roof more. What a lovely decoration:)

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  12. ... i like your 'shingles' on the roof!! ... yours is much, much prettier!!

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  13. Totaly cute! Love it!
    Yours is better!
    ;)

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  14. This is a cute idea. I think yours is cuter!

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  15. This is the cutest thing!! Love it! :)
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  16. I just love the bird house. I just love to crochet
    new things.
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  17. That is so cute, I really need one in my tree

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  18. Your birdhouse is adorable!!! I love how you did the roof, much better then the original.

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  19. Really appreciate you linking up this fantastic post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you'll continually share your creativity with us at the weekly party :)

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  20. You will be featured at this week's {nifty thrifty sunday}<, Carolyn!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow! :)
    Hugs,
    Vanessa

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  21. This is beautiful!! I love it. Such a great project. I am going to have to make one!

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  22. Very creative! I would have never thought of this.

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  23. You're "learning" to crochet? Sheesh, Carolyn, is there nothing you don't have a gift for?

    I <3 your birdhouse -- absolutely sweet, soft and charming!

    Thank you for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!

    Jenn

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  24. wanted to let you know that your cool granny inspired birdhouses were chosen as the winning entry in the giveaway on my blog. you can check it out here:

    http://crochet.craftgossip.com/september-giveaway-winner/2011/10/05/

    jd

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  25. Awesome birdie house... just pinned it to Pinterest... awesome!

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  26. I love this, and this may sound like a silly question - but how do you stitch the side with the opening? I've been looking online for a tutorial as I am kind of new at crochet and have been crocheting amigurumi but am not sure how you would start a door or opening in a project. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Donna,
      Not a silly question at all. But I do have a silly answer. I made it up on the fly and didn't write it down. I remember I just made the center circle of the granny square really huge and then did the second ring of the granny square regular. It was sort of trial and error. Sorry I don't have a better answer.

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    2. Thank you so much, that does help, I thought that is what you did but just wanted to make sure. :)

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  27. you did an amazing job! may i ask how you attached the roof to the house?

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