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Bird House Painting Ideas

Updated on October 4, 2014

Looking for a few birdhouse painting ideas

So you are looking for a few birdhouse painting ideas for your birdhouse. Are you looking for solid paint ideas or are you looking to "go crazy" and paint flowers and trees or your kid's names on them? It's OK, no matter what you answered, I believe we can help.

Below, you will find some videos that show you some basic step by steps on painting a birdhouse. Also what materials work best on certain materials and also some pictures of finished birdhouses to help get your creative juices flowing.

Image Source: Jessica Mullen | CC BY-ND 2.0

Simple one color birdhouse with Design

One idea for painting a birdhouse is a simple one color design with some flowers, like in the video above. If you noticed, the birdhouse is no all flashy and hard on the eyes. Plus it is pretty simple to paint. All you need to do is "white wash" the birdhouse with white paint, let it dry. Then paint the roof either brown or black, in this case they chose brown.

After the paint is completely dried, simply take a small artist paint brush and a small amount of green paint and "draw" thin lines that look like either vines or plant stems. Now take some other colors and paint small flower petals in various locations on the stems or vines.

Watch video below to see how they did it.

Simple Birdhouse Flower Painting

Bird House Kits

Painting a birdhouse is not the only fun part of owning a bird house. Building one is also just as rewarding.

Don't think you need to have tape measures and hand saws or any type of power tool to build a bird house.

There are bird house kits on the market that have everything you need to make a birdhouse. Well, you might need a hammer or a couple trivial hand tools.

Interesting Painted Birdhouse Designs

No right or wrong way to paint a birdhouse

There were some pretty neat ideas in that video. It just goes to show you that there are endless ways to paint a birdhouse. There is no right way or wrong way when it comes to the design you want to paint. That is probably one of the main reasons that making and painting birdhouses are in the top ten of projects to do with your kids. It's practically fail proof.

Decorative or Functional Bird House?

There are some guide lines you may want to consider if the bird house is to be a real functional birdhouse for wild birds.

Functional Bird House

It's good practice that anytime you are going to paint something that animals or children will be in physical contact with, you use a non-toxic water based acrylic paint.

Do not paint the inside of the birdhouse or the inner edge of the opening. This is to help insure there won't be any accidental ingesting if the babies peck at the inner walls.

Know before you paint where the birdhouse will be located. Will it be in direct sun or will it be in the shade? Depending on it's location you may have to stick with lighter colors.

Lighter colors reflect the heat so is best used if birdhouse will be located somewhere in a lot of sunlight.You do not want the inside of the birdhouse to over heat.

Use exterior satin finish instead of gloss finish.

If possible paint your birdhouse in such a way that it will help camouflage it so to be harder to spot by predators.

For In House Decorative Birdhouse

For decorative birdhouses the type of paint is not as critical, providing the birdhouse is placed out of the reach of children.

If you do place your decorative birdhouses outside please be sure to close off any form of entrance to the birdhouse. You can do this by simply opening up the birdhouse and nailing a piece of board across the inside of the opening and then closing up the birdhouse.

Safe Non Toxic Acrylic Paints

Below you can find some 2 ounce bottles of non-toxic acrylic paints. Perfect for fine details of flowers or any other design you may want to paint on your birdhouse.

Birdhouse Painting Myths Busted

Some people believe that painting a birdhouse one specific color will attract a certain species of bird.

Painting a birdhouse blue will attract Bluebirds. - FalsePainting a birdhouse yellow will attract Canaries. - FalsePainting a birdhouse black will attract Blackbirds. - FalsePainting a birdhouse purple will attract Purple Martins. - FalsePainting a birdhouse white will attract Doves. - False

image made by 2wice via photoshop

Have you ever painted a birdhouse? If so, what is the craziest design you ever painted on one? Maybe you would like to, what crazy design would you like to try?

Ever Paint a Birdhouse?

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    • Tawice profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Maine, USA

      @Kylyssa: That is to funny. I just might do something similar. lol

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      Kylyssa Shay 

      4 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      The weirdest thing I painted on a birdhouse was a kraken with its tentacles coming around front as if poised to grab the birdie coming out the door hole. It looked hilarious when the sparrow that took up residence would pop out its head and look around.

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      4 years ago from Doha, Qatar

      Thank for the usueful information my friend, to be honest i never painted a birdhouse but i painted a birdage, in yellow and once in brown, but the best color is the white or the lighter colors because they don't preserve much heat, it was nice getting across your nice arricle keep up the good work, canary bird lover was here


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