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Easy Backyard Birdhouse Painting Project

Updated on April 3, 2015
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Blooming Birdhouse for Your Backyard


A Birdhouse Design Anyone Can Paint

Whether you build your own backyard birdhouse, or buy one already built, you can spice it up with this super easy design. All it takes is a little paint, water and brushes. Put out a welcome mat for your backyard birds this year with this beautiful, and easy design.

Making Your Own Birdhouses - Birdhouses we made this spring and design details.

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Making the birdhouses.Two down, three to go.Use an assortment of colors and brushes.Paint wavy lines for stems and add a few leaves.Paint the posies with five petals and a contrasting center.Outline in black.My busy boys with their wonderful birdhouses.
Making the birdhouses.
Making the birdhouses. | Source
Two down, three to go.
Two down, three to go. | Source
Use an assortment of colors and brushes.
Use an assortment of colors and brushes. | Source
Paint wavy lines for stems and add a few leaves.
Paint wavy lines for stems and add a few leaves. | Source
Paint the posies with five petals and a contrasting center.
Paint the posies with five petals and a contrasting center. | Source
Outline in black.
Outline in black. | Source
My busy boys with their wonderful birdhouses.
My busy boys with their wonderful birdhouses. | Source

Things You Will Need

  • Unpainted birdhouse
  • Assorted colors of acrylic craft paint (the kind in bottles, not tubes), including black and a large bottle of white or off-white for the base color..
  • Assortment of round and flat bristled craft brushes, small to large
  • 1" sponge brush
  • Painter's pallet tray
  • Quart jar or bowl for water
  • Paper Towels for blotting
  • Lazy-Susan turntable
  • UV protectant, indoor/outdoor, weather resistant sealer. Gloss or matte, whichever finish you prefer.

Instructions for Painting the Pretty Posies Pattern

Follow each step, allowing the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

  1. Pour your paints into the wells of your pallet. Use a small amount first, and add more if you need it while painting. Use the larger well to hold the base color, and the smaller wells for your flower colors.
  2. Completely cover the outside of the birdhouse with the base paint, using the sponge brush.DO NOT PAINT THE INSIDE.
  3. Paint wavy, vertical lines for the stems. Start at the bottom and paint to three quarters of the way up. Space them about one inch apart. A nice shade of green would would work well. A long-bristled, round brush works best for lines. Add a leaf on each stem, alternating the location for variety.
  4. Paint the flower heads on the top of each stem by making five circles, arranged in a circle, for the petals. A flat-head brush works best for this.Use an assortment of colors, like I did, or one is up to your own tastes.
  5. Paint the center of the flower with a contrasting color.
  6. Outline each flower and stem with black, using a fine, line brush.
  7. Cover the entire surface of the birdhouse with the UV protectant sealer. Let dry completely before adding another coat. Follow directions on the bottle for how many coats are recommended for indoor or outdoor use.
  8. Wash all brushes in warm, soapy water to get all the paint out. Blot dry on a paper towel. You can let any leftover paint in the pallet wells dry out overnight. The next morning, you can just peel the dry paint out and throw it away. The pallet will also clean up with warm, soapy water too. Make sure your paint bottles are closed up tight for storage, or the paint will dry out.

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I've been backyard birding for almost 30 years, from California to Vermont. I hope you find inspiration and useful information about how to attract and care for wild birds in your own backyard.

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    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 3 years ago from New York

      Ha! Yes, I have a couple of zazzle stores. I need to do more with them. I've let them languish too long. Thanks for the encouragement.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 3 years ago from Michigan

      I like your artwork! Have you thought about putting some designs on Zazzle products?

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      pkmcr 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What fun! We get lots of birds in the many trees in our grounds and I am going to suggest we make some of these.

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      bossypants 5 years ago

      Our neighbors have a blue bird house that's always occupied. (We get to enjoy the birds due to our close proximity.) You've inspired me to try a house next year!

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      dream1983 5 years ago

      Very nice lens, thumbs up!

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      accfuller 6 years ago

      We bought a birdhouse kit for my husband's grandson - it ended up being a family project :) The kids absolutely loved it! Nice lens here.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Your photos and the step-by-step directions are perfect! This lens would make anyone consider making birdhouses. Thanks for sharing.

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      @Virginia Allain: LOLL! Thanks Vallain. No, I wouldn't be putting them on Etsy. I'm to lazy to do them except for myself. : ) You should put up more bird houses. It will reduce competition for nest sites.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      We have a cute birdhouse that the chickadees like. Probably could use a couple more, with all the trees around us in New Hampshire.

      Are you going to put some like this on Etsy or Yardsellr so people can buy them? I'm too lazy to make my own.

      Your directions are superb. Blessed by a squid angel.