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SKILL LEVEL

Holiday homes for your fine feathered friends were never so charming! These decorative and functional birdhouses add a personalized touch to your home, be it indoors or out.

by Dremel ®

146 PROJECTS

Supplies Needed For This Project

TOOL

4000 High Performance Rotary Tool

Model # 4000

Tools & Accessories

Materials

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    VRT1-1/5 Vacuum Powered Rotary Tool
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    Several small wooden bird houses (widely available at home, craft or hardware stores)
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    Semi-gloss or gloss interior latex paint in the colors of your choice
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    Scrap pine boards (to practice your etching/engraving technique)
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    A string of holiday lights (either interior or the larger exterior style) if you choose to light your finished houses from the inside.
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    Carpenter’s pencil

Let's Get Started

STEP 1

Step 1

Begin by sketching out a design to be engraved using the attachments for your rotary tool.

STEP 2

Step 2

Carve out the design, taking care to use the attachment best suited to the type of line or texture you want to achieve. Tip: You may want to have a scrap piece of painted pine board handy as a test piece to hone your skills prior to working on the actual bird house.

STEP 3

Step 3

Use the drill/router attachment for your Dremel tool to make a hole in the back of the houses if you choose to add interior lighting to your Tiny Town.

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