Once the glue was set, I spackled the base also and let that dry. The top and base were both slightly different shades of white, so I spray painted the whole thing to make it cohesive, and, of course, added a crown!
This ‘pre-crown’ picture shows how petite this little guy is. Will probably save him for spring.
Gave the bird a sheet music paper crown and glued him atop a little wood box (opening facing to the back); dug through my stash of Halloween embellishments to find this head stone shaped one to glue to the front of the box and added a little glittered spider.