Karen here. The first signs of Spring is when the birds start to return. Why not jump start the return of Spring in your dolly world! Using items from my local craft store and dollar store I was able to make this fun doll play addition to our “outdoor” play sets.

To make your own you will need:

  • A paint brush
  • Plaid Folk Art  Metallic Aluminum Paint
  • Plaid Folk Art Chunky Gliter Silver Paint
  • A pair of pliers
  • 1 large wooden candle stick holder from the craft section of your craft store (mine was 7 inches tall)
  • 1 terracotta plant saucer from the floral section of your craft store(mine was 4 1/4 inches wide)
  • Glue that works on both glue and terracotta I used kids choice glue

* Small Foam Birds and Butterfly from the craft section of your dollar store

Step 1- Cover your work space and assemble all your supplies.

Step 2- Use your pliers to bend back the brass colored insert of your wooden candle stick, bend it in exposing the wood so your glue will have somewhere to sit to adhere to the plant saucer.

Step 3- Once you have folded it back begin painting your wooden candlestick with the Plaid Folk Art Paint, Once you have completed one coat set it aside to dry.

Step 4- Begin painting the plant saucer, cover the inside, sides and underneath, Set aside and let dry.

Step 5- Paint a second coat on both the base (candle stick) and the top (saucer)

Step 6- Use the Chunky Glitter Folk Art paint to add sparkle and texture to your bird bath. Paint the inside of the top and the base. Set aside and let dry.

Step 8- Add a ring of glue to the top of your wooden base as shown in the photo above, center the top of your bird bath and press and hold into place. Allow to dry to the manufactures directions.

Step 9- When your bird bath is dry you may wish to embellish the side of it with a butterfly or a foam bird. Use a dab of glue to hold your butterfly or bird into place. The small foam birds I found have a metal wire that you can bend to create a “ring” that will allow the bird to sit on your dolls fingers!

Today I used My Extra Special Doll Hannah and My American Girl Doll Ruthie for today’s craft photos, wearing their Doll Diaries Gear! I look forward to sharing more doll play ideas with you next week.