This is what I have been working on for the past week. A floor lamp, table lamp, and two different bird houses. Also, shells filled with salsa and guacamole, an acorn caps with chips, and finally a coconut made from an acorn shell.
I made it out of pine bark from the mulch we have around our house
Since it has so many layers, I used a small crochet hook to separate them into the thickness I wanted. The really cool thing about this was the different colors, shading and textures of the wood.
But before you begin, be aware that sometimes a layer or two of the bark may separate all by itself, no matter how gently you handle it. It's only a matter of gluing it back on and only takes a few minutes.
So, here's how I did it.
First step, swish a piece of bark around in warm, soapy water. Immediately rinse in cool clear water and blot with paper towel. Let dry at least overnight. Then separate the layers into the thickness you want using a crochet hook or something similar.
You might want to note that finding a base piece that is flat so your house won't tip over, may be kind of hard. You can either use a small painted piece of cardboard as the base or you can make it a hanging birdhouse (which is what I did) I took a 6" piece of raffia, inserted about 1/2" inside the birdhouse and then glued on the roof pieces, effectively trapping the end inside.
I used a fairly thin-bodied glue because I hoped it would sink in between the layers and make them stronger. Be generous with the glue. Add a little perch and as the final step, spray with a sealer.
Now, an update on my leaves on fairy chair (see the Naturals-Part 1 from Oct 14). I was to say the least, disappointed. I felt sure the leaf that I preserved in wax paper would last a lot longer but it changed color and withered up within a few days. I guess you can't stop Mother Nature.
Well I'm off. Time to finish up some swaps and get serious about Christmas
Til next time