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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Birdhouses with Style

Our preschool silent auction is today. Every year I donate a one-of-a-kind birdhouse to be auctioned off. I never spend more than $3 on the birdhouse and usually buy the unpainted versions at Michael's or ACMoore. Then I get creative by hand-painting a scene and add unexpected touches to the house.

2008 - Jardin da Girasoli de Vendere "Vendor of Sunflowers"
Painting sunny sunflowers and some green grass gave this birdhouse a sunny garden look. I added a gold spigot for the new perch. Using a spade bit in my drill, I cut a hole slightly smaller than the spigot, then simply screwed the spigot in place. For added stength I coated the threads with some E-6000. Can anyone guess what the roof tiles are made from? They are canvas shims! Those are the freebie scraps if wood that come with a painter's canvas! Painting them bright red took the little birdhouse from cute to bidding war worthy!

2009 - Red & White Bird Silhouette Round House
I apologize right now for the condition of this picture! Obviously this is the only picture I took of this cute little abode. The birdhouse was a $2 find at my local Goodwill. The roof was detaching and it was painted an ugly 90's hunter green and burgundy. I gave the house a good cleaning, then glued and nailed the roof back on. After a fresh coat of primer and white paint, I hand-painted the bird motif and the roof and base. The perch is a curtain rod screw (that holds the rod in the curtain rod bracket). Then she received a little green ribbon and a silver bell on the top. So simple, but one of my favorites!

2010 - Christmas Time, Snow and a Pinecone Roof
Another unpainted house picked up at Michael's. This house got some serious head turning attention with a pinecone plank roof, white snow, glitter, and a stick for a perch. The tutorial to make this birdhouse can be found here.

The back has a large Christmas tree decorated for the holidays. I hope the birds appreciate it.
To protect all my birdhouses from the elements (should they really be "for the birds"), I coated them with a few coats of polyurethane.

I know that some of you might be thinking you can't do this, but let me float some ideas for you. Instead of decorative painting try:
  • Mod Podge Wallpaper on the sides
  • Mod Podge Fabric to the sides
  • Use a stencil
  • Search the web for picture inspiration and trace it onto your birdhouse.
  • Use painters tape to create stripes
  • Let your little ones decorate the house with paint
    So, how much do you think my pinecone roof birdhouse will fetch today? I hope more than $3!

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    At November 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

    I love birdhouses! You did a great job with yours. So creative! You will have to let us know how much it goes for...that pinecone roof is awesome.

    At November 20, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Blogger Leen said...

    So cute! They seem to get better every year!

    At November 20, 2010 at 9:38 PM , Blogger Denise said...

    HI- I stumbled upon your blog today- and WOW. I always knew you were artsy but My goodness! You are amazing. I look forward to seeing all the projects you are up to! Hope you are all well!

    At November 21, 2010 at 9:41 PM , Blogger Just this... Alice said...

    And to think i thought the front and roof was pretty.....until I got the the photo of the back. Oh my that is one special birdhouse that would never see the elements if I were there to bid on it to add to my collection. You did an outstanding job as usual. Thanks for sharing. btw they are all beautiful birdhouses.

    At November 22, 2010 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Christa @ Stories of a House said...

    Oh, the talent. I am in awe of your abilities! I laughed at the spigot - how clever! I can't decided which one I like better, but what a neat additions to your school's silent auction! This will be the first year I contribute something similar.

    At November 22, 2010 at 11:34 AM , Blogger Alyssa said...

    Oh that's great! I love your painting, and I'm sure it'll fetch a good deal more than $3.

    At November 22, 2010 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Su said...

    I have a birdhouse for you for 2011. . .I found a pair of birdhouse bookends at a yard sale for $2. . .thy still had the Dilly Dally price tag on them. . they retailed for $70. I used one in my house and have another one that I tried to paint and I got frustrated. .I want to give it to you for 2011!! Love the art on 2010.. the tree and wreath .wow!! But my favorite is the bird silhouette. . .

    At November 24, 2010 at 4:47 PM , Blogger Gr8Life said...

    WOW! what don't you do well? you are so gifted!! Love all the birdhouse's!

    At November 26, 2010 at 11:17 PM , Blogger BigBearswife said...

    i LOVE the 2009 - Red & White Bird Silhouette Round House


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