Creating a Slab House / Birdhouse
Keep everyone in your home entertained with Mighty Mud’s Slab House / Birdhouse Project! This is for all ages, kids and adults. Click the link below to purchase and reserve your box! Slab house / Birdhouse pick up and drop off Hours: 11-3 Mon-Sat
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If you prefer to watch video instruction, below are 2 great videos. Otherwise, keep scrolling for attached pictures.
Birdhouse with Eastnor Pottery
Slab Birdhouse with Amanda Davies
Follow along with Mighty Mud.
Follow below for instructions. You can download the printable instructions below.
- This is your box.
- In your box you have a small rolling pin, plastic knife, 2 balls of clay, template paper for cut outs, and bubble wrap.
- Take out the Rolling pin and the clay
- Start with rolling out your clay as smooth as possible, between ½” and ¼”.
- You can use the roller provided, a rolling pin from home, a piece of pipe, a can, etc…
- If it’s very sticky you can use corn starch or baby powder so it doesn’t stick to the roller.
- Take out the template paper provided and cut out the 3 shapes on the paper
- Using the rectangle marked “x3” cut out 3 clay pieces with the template.
- Note: after you cut out the shapes from the slabs you want to let them set out for 10-15 minutes so that the clay sets up a bit and isn’t wobbly.
- Cut out of the clay the two end caps for the house, these look like a rectangle with a triangle on top, let them set up.
- Using a flat surface make sure the edges of your cut outs are nice and square
- Scratch up one long edge of two of the 4×5 rectangles and the top of the two outer edges of the last of the three 4×5 rectangles.
- Using a brush or your fingers add a small amount of water to both scratched surfaces then press them down and together.
- See image to the left
- Make a small coil (little worm) and scratch and attach with water, the worm into the right angles inside the walls.
- The coil should not go all the way to the edges, you must leave room for the end walls.
- Insert the end walls in between the two outer walls and on top of the base, scratch and attach with water all surfaces that touch.
- Smooth out any rough spots with your fingers or a small paint brush.
- Cut out the last two panels that say “x2” they should be about 3”x5”and let them set up, these will be your roof panels.
- After they are firm, scratch and attach as before the two roof panels. If they don’t meet up well you can always add a coil to fill in as needed.
- This is your time to be creative, does it have a door? Does it have windows? Is the roof smooth, or does it have tiles?
- You can use your plastic knife and/or a toothpick to add textures or cut out openings. This is your house, make it how you want.
- More examples of texture and openings
- If you want to hang this later you can make two coils into loops, then scratch and attach them to the roof
- Some examples, Have Fun!
- More examples
Once you’ve finished your slab house, carefully, with an adult, wrap it in the bubble wrap. Then put it back in the box that it came in, you will probably want to put some newspaper around it so it won’t move around.
Have an adult bring the box back to Mighty Mud, make sure, with a marker, they put a name and phone number so that we can let you know when they are ready.
We will fire your house in the kiln to make it hard. You have to make a decision whether you want to paint your house at home with acrylics, watercolors, spray paint; or you can pick one of the following colors and we will dip your birdhouse in that color before getting it back to you.
Slab house Box Pick up and drop off Hours: 11-3 Mon-Sat