Hanging Shutter Birdhouses

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 was 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. ?