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Canary Cottage Birdhouse - MDF Wood Kit

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3D Canary Cottage Birdhouse kit comes with all the parts you need to create a beautiful home or garden decoration. This design is easy to assemble and features a generous base, porch with veranda and balustrades, window frame and an engraved front door!

Paint, cover in pretty papers and embellishments or alter in any way to suit - ideal for a shelf, bookcase or mantelpiece.  Can be used as an outdoor decoration but ensure you use suitable water resistant paints and finishes and keep in a well sheltered spot.

Birdhouse kit is available in 2mm MDF (smaller size) and 3mm MDF (larger size) - select your choice from the options above and check measurements below. You can view or download full colour, step by step assembly instructions as a printable PDF HERE

Finished birdhouse measurements as follows:

2mm MDF Canary Cottage Birdhouse measures approx:

  • 100mm tall from base to peak of roof
  • 64mm tall from base to eave of roof
  • Roof measures 91mm long front to back and 94mm wide overall
  • House measures 86mm wide (roof overhang adds another 2.5mm each side)
  • House measures 66mm long front to back - porch adds another 19mm
  • Porch roof measures 25mm x 94mm wide
  • Base measures 125mm x 103mm
  • Internal size 86mm wide x 66mm deep
  • Hole opening measures 19mm

3mm MDF Canary Cottage Birdhouse measures approx:

  • 160mm tall from base to peak of roof
  • 103mm tall from base to eave of roof
  • Roof measures 145mm long front to back and 150mm wide overall
  • House measures 138mm wide (roof overhang adds another 4mm each side)
  • House measures 105mm long front to back - porch adds another 30mm
  • Porch roof measures 40mm x 150mm wide
  • Base measures 200mm x 165mm
  • Internal size 138mm wide x 105mm deep
  • Hole opening measures 30mm

To open and print step by step assembly instructions, just click on the PDF logo (opens in a new window)




Our products are proudly manufactured in our own UK workshop. We don't use fancy packaging or branding, you just pay for the products and we hope you'll enjoy using them.  Here's more about what we use with some hints and tips:

MDF WOOD (2mm and 3mm) shapes and embellishments need little or no further enhancement if you like the vintage look. Use inks and crackle glazes to enhance this further without altering the base colour. They are also ideal for gilding, staining and painting. Larger pieces can also be stamped, collaged, crackled and more - see how it's done over at the Design Team Blog!

PLEASE NOTE:  Laser cutting will leave some sooty residue on the back of MDF pieces although we take steps to minimise this as much as possible - it can be more pronounced the smaller/more intricate the design. This is not a defect and will not affect the end use of the product as it's on the back.

Intricate designs in smaller sizes and some of the mini shapes will be much darker than other products, particularly when using 2mm MDF.  This is due to the laser process that cuts the substrate by precision burning and there is nothing we can do about this. The edges of laser cut items will also always be darker for the same reason.  It is only by laser cutting (rather than stamping or routing) that intricate designs can be made.

If you like the designs or prefer the smaller sizes but don't like the dark finish, you can lift it with colour washing, dry brushing or using diluted gesso to make the design pop.  See some project ideas on the blog!


BIRCH PLYWOOD (3mm) has a naturally light coloured birch wood top and bottom layer which is suitable for staining, painting, waxing or burning with a pyrography tool. All birch plywood plaques come ready sanded for your convenience - plaques over 100mm are also fine sanded.  Depending on availability, we may from time to time (but rarely) need to substitute with light birch plywood or poplar plywood - this does not significantly affect the appearance of the product and has no effect on its end use.


HOT OFF THE PRESS!! As our products are freshly cut to order and packed soon thereafter, you may sometimes notice a smell that is caused by the intense heat of the laser beam burning through the substrate.  All substrates contains glues or binding agents in their manufacture (particularly MDF) and the intense heat of the laser beam can create this aroma. It won't be very noticeable (if at all) on larger products such as plaques/mixed media boards etc but may be more noticeable on fiddly and/or engraved designs where the laser cutting is more concentrated.

Some people are more sensitive to the smell than others, some people say it smells a bit fishy or of burnt wood, some people enjoy the smell, some don't notice anything at all and some people dislike it. The best we can do is advise you prior to purchase that this may occur so you can make an informed choice - as this is part of the manufacturing process, it is not considered a defect in the products.  Once your order is unpacked and aired for a bit, any lingering odour should fade - if you prefer, you can also seal items with a clear sealer, such as Mod Podge, before use.


WE RECOMMEND: Use a good quality wood or PVA glue when using our products for best results - apply a thin coating across the back of the piece, allow to dry for a few minutes, then stick down pressing evenly.  We highly recommend DecoArt paints, mediums, glues and finishes for tried and tested results with our products.

If you've enjoyed these splendid projects, make sure you visit our Blog which is a searchable Library of Ideas! Filled with projects in every style and season, lots of step by step instructions, how to use paints and mediums as well as infinite inspiration on how to use Calico Craft Parts in your projects... 

Here's a snippet of the latest posts (click any image to see more) or go straight to the Blog Home Page

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