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Step 19: Glue Down the Tiled Roof Art

  This is the perfect time to also glue down the tile on the top lid: I made it too big so you have some wiggle room in case you cut out the slot for the hinge wrong. Just lay the top of the faux tile against the hinge and mark where each hinge end touches the paper. You are cutting out a 1/8th inch slot. There are some small carvings I have included if you want to add them now. I put one on either side of the big arches on each side, and on either side of the big mask shield. You can put them down plain, but on some projects like this I have glued them onto little wood disks so that they are raised. Notice that the two spots are gone where I dropped my brush (see troubleshooting below). If you don't want the aging effect of crackle, stop here and just give your box several coats of varnish. I love the crackled finish for this project because I love the illusion of great age.
  TIP:
Wet your larger brush with more Mod Podge, and gently brush outward from the center to push the paper into the glue and the air bubbles out. These larger pieces can get air bubbles easily, and sometimes you can't see them until it starts to dry. Troubleshooting tip: The white spots disappeared by filling them in with paint. I dabbed darker marks to match the printed area with just the tip of my little square brush. Gray, with a teeny bit of white to match.
Beautiful!&nbsp;I&nbsp;also love the crack finish. This would be cool to make a bird house out of =) Great job very clear instructions!<br /> <br />
Crackle not crack <br /> My bad &gt;.&lt;<br /> <br />
Thank you for that idea. You know I was also thinking of a bat house, because they like the close fit, but the lid would have to be attached against the wind. I&nbsp;have been trying to find out if they texture the inside walls of bat houses. A board on the bottom inside, glued down, plus a new little hole on the front! I&nbsp;read an article that many places are making their bird house entries smaller so that cowbirds can't get in them--they lay eggs in other bird's nests like the cuckoo and are enjoying a population explosion. I&nbsp;am going to make sure and tell the carpenters about any multi-use Idea, and think up a decoupage for a bird house--which could be sealed with outdoor epoxy. Great idea!<br />
Thanks!&nbsp;Ya&nbsp;I heard about that too. This is my new account =) (so same person)<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Cheers,<br /> Meheh<br />
Wow, great project, I love the crackle finish.<br />
Thanks! I&nbsp;only wish manufacturer's would stop messing with crackle kits. The best one on the market, Anita's, went out of business!&nbsp; It was all the rage, and then suddenly no longer &quot;cool.&quot;&nbsp; <br />

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