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Build an Emu Egg Birdhouse
You will need:
Make sure that your rock or bark is clean. Wash with soap and water, then towel dry. Let dry overnight.
1. Every birdhouse needs a nest, so glue some of the moss inside the egg. Use enough so that when you put your mushroom bird inside it can be seen in the "doorway"
2. Position one mushroom bird (momma) inside the birdhouse like it is sitting on the nest.
3. Glue a long clump of moss to the top of the egg, giving a "hair" effect, having it hang down over the sides is appropriate.
4. Glue some moss to the base,
5. Glue the second mushroom bird (daddy) to the egg either on top or to one side. Have the crafter "perch" the bird in several locations before deciding where to attach it.
Here is another variation on the Emu Egg Bird House for more advanced crafters - the base is made from a split log and tree branch. The egg sits on a wood base made from a 2" section of branch which has been drilled to fit the branch. The split log base is also drilled to fit the other end of the branch. Sphagnum moss is used to hide "seams" and silk ivy vines wrap around the branch and over the egg. Note that this branch has a "Y" shape to it and the Daddy bird is perched on it just above the price tag. Silk flowers decorate the log. Many special touches can be done, including adding tiny insects, frogs, lizards, etc. - all available at craft stores.
All the materials used in this project are available from craft or department stores with the exception of the emu egg.