Hand-Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse

So it’s no secret that my metal stamping has become a bit of an obsession.  I hope you’re all still enjoying the projects.  I’m loving putting hammers to metal.  Today’s project takes metal stamping beyond jewelry with a copper sheet to embellish a craft staple: the wooden birdhouse.

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

Before we get started, I’ve got a beginner’s metal stamping tutorial for you to take a look at if you’ve never done it before.  If you’ve tried it already (even once or twice) then I’ll be talking about how to apply those skills to a new medium.

What you will need:

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

  • A birdhouse!  I painted mine copper and blue.  That step isn’t shown, but I’m sure you can get creative and paint yours however you like.
  • A sheet of craft copper.  I found this big sheet at Hobby Lobby, it’s designed for punch art.  (Bring your coupon, because copper isn’t cheap.  I was able to get it for $14 after my 40% coupon, but I’ll be able to use it for lots of projects.)
  • Tin snips
  • Chasing hammer
  • Brass tacks
  • Small metal hole punch
  • Your metal stamping supplies, including a fun design stamp for the roof, and your favorite font to make a little welcome plaque.
  • Dark acrylic paint, a damp paper towel, and a metal polishing cloth

First, I measured and cut my copper to fit the roof.  I cut it about 1/8 inch smaller all the way around.  I also stamped my welcome plaque.  This little plaque (and the birds) are from Beaducation.  (In fact – I was inspired to make this project as part of their “Be an Original” contest they’ve got going on, and I’d love your vote if you like the project! Just click here to visit their Facebook contest page and see what I’m up against!)

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

Here’s a close-up of how the plaque came out!  Fun, right?

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

Next, I stamped the roof with rows of hearts.  I added masking tape and marked out lines for myself as a general guide so that I could get the hearts somewhat even.  I didn’t want them perfect, but I do like a bit of uniformity.

Then, I used my chasing hammer to hammer the edges of the roof shingle.  This flattened and covered any sharp edges from where I cut.  Then, I sponged a thin layer of black acrylic paint over the whole sheet, and wiped it with a damp (but not wet) paper towel.  I used a polishing cloth to remove any last bits of paint leftover.  I often use a sharpie marker to darken my impressions, but in this case that’s a LOT of stamping to darken, so paint made much more sense for this project.

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

Finally, I punched holes in the sheet, and used brass tacks to attach them to the roof of the birdhouse.  I did the same with the welcome plaque.

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

I can tell I’ve been doing a lot of stamping lately, because my daughter informed me she had some work to do.  I was able to snap this action photo:

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

She told me she was making a friendship bracelet.  Clearly, I have some teaching to do, but I’ve got a pint-sized jewelry artist on my hands, I think. :)

But what do you think?  Do you think I’ll attract some fancy birds?  Haha – I just love how it turned out!

Stamped Copper Roof Birdhouse at www.happyhourprojects.com

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Comments

  1. Your copper roof bird house is adorable on it’s own, but when you stamped the rows of hearts on it, you took it over the top! And your little helper is simply precious!
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  2. The color, size, and precious metal stamp–I am so in love with this! GREAT Post :)
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  3. That is a lovely birdhouse. Great colors. Adorable hearts!

  4. Wow that is so cool! My backyard is seriously lacking some cute things like this and it looks like the kids can help :)
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  5. Cute! I found you via creative bloggers connect! I just wanted to invite you to stop by my linky party and add your crafty links on my blog
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  6. Cute cute cute!! LOVE it. Your talent is always overflowing. Thanks for the inspiration.
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  7. I can’t even!! I so want one!!

  8. I love the copper roof with stamped hearts! Your daughter is adorable, and good luck with the contest!!

  9. Shirley says:

    You forgot to put a perch for the birds. LOL Thanks for sharing.

  10. Adrianne says:

    Hey! You are right!! That’s just how I bought it – what a silly way to build it! Darn, now I will have to do that!

  11. Love this, Adrianne! It’s so gorgeous, the blue and the copper together!

    And you’re right not to put a perch for the birds. They don’t need it, and it often encourages pests/predators into their nests. It’s better not to have one.
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