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Hanging Shutter Birdhouses

June 6, 2014

More trashformations from the storage unit.

As most of you know by now, I have a weakness for things that have enjoyed a previous life. I had thought that my shutter stash was pretty much depleted, but when moving, I found a bunch that were hiding in a corner. The picture frames were setting right next to them in the storage unit, so I decided to bring some of both home. I was sure I could figure out something that would use both elements. Hanging shutter birdhouses are what materialized.

I chopped the frames into eaves. Each frame was enough to make two birdhouse eaves. The spines were not going to work for this project so I took them off and replaced them with a flat piece of lath. Actually, the lath went on the back and it kept the slats of the shutters from opening while allowing the shutter to lay flat.

A little paint spruced up the shutters and the eaves, making the idea of a house much more easy to visualize.

Attaching the eaves to the shutters cinched it. These were definitely houses.

I dug through my metal hardware stash and found knobs for perches along with doorknob and cupboard door plates. I also found some awesome rusty fencing.

I drilled through the shutter slats to attach the cupboard door knob perches, but the rest of the pieces were attached with E6000. I also drilled holes for the baling wire hanger.


Now, about that E6000 stuff. Normally I would have said household cement and let it go at that, but since E6000 is what I use and have been using for a gazillion years for most projects that need a firm hold, I thought I would share my pissy moment.

For those of you that do not use E6000, this little rant may not mean much to you, but for those of you like me, check the packaging very carefully to ensure you are indeed getting what you want.

You see, E6000 has always been clear. It goes on clear and stays clear. It isn’t noticeable on any project because IT IS CLEAR.

See that tube in the picture? At first glance the entire package looks the same as the trusted (clear) adhesive you have come to rely on. But, but WAIT! See that itty bitty black oval above the E6000 name? Nope, I didn’t at first glance since the color matches that of the normal packaging. First, second, or third glance. Whatever. I did not notice it until I applied this black mess to my white shutters. By then it was too late and I had to make the best of it.

I can’t say I will be using it again.

So, powers-that-be at E6000, please tell me why you thought adding a color to your tried and true adhesive was a good idea? Seriously, the idea is to adhere things together in an inconspicuous way. This black adhesive is a giant fail. I have now wasted money on a product that can only be used on a few projects, while the clear can be used on all intended projects. For crying out loud, why mess with success?

Pissy rant over. 😉

Places I’m partying this week:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party
Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays
Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party
Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

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  1. I LOVE your creativity! Also, your rental home is looking beautiful with all of your special touches! Thanks for the heads up on the glue.

  2. How awesome are these! You are so creative!
    Thanks for the info on the glue!

  3. Did u know that E6000 now comes in a spray can ? It’s clear too!

    1. No, I didn’t know that. I will definitely be looking for it. Thanks.

  4. OH MY WORD! You have no idea. Someone gave this big box of frame corners from a frame shop they worked in or SOMETHING – can’t even remember – but I have had no clue what to do with them. I felt like I let the girl down because she was SURE my “clever” and “thrifty” self could do the perfect craft with them. Nope. NOW I know what I can with them! Just so happens I have shutters, too. You are awesome. Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. Pinning to the Highlights board!

    1. Since you have provided me with so much inspiration, I’m so glad I could return the favor, Kammy. Can’t wait to see how your birdhouses turn out. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Oh my…these are sooooo darn cute and just think…I have everthing on hand to make one. Thanks so much for sharing at my party (please be sure to add my party name to your list…thanks).

  6. Ugh…Linda, I know I had your link on the post, but it took a bit of investigating to find it. Goofy me! It was linked under another party name! I have fixed it. Thanks so much for the kind words and allowing me to share at your party.

  7. Your shutter birdhouses are so cute! I’ll be featuring you this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thank you so much for sharing this creative idea for the garden!!

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity on The Inspiration Board at homework. I so appreciate it!
    You were featured in the spotlight!
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    carolyn ~ homework

  9. These are so darn cute and clever…love this idea. Thanks for the heads-up on black E6000. I’ve been using it for years and never knew it came in black. You’re right, bad idea. Saw you featured at Coastal Charm.

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