Garden Craft

Decorative birdhouses are a perfect way to jazz up your garden or to bring a little of the outdoors inside.

Unfinished wooden birdhouse

(available at craft stores)
Acrylic paints

Paint brushes
Pencil or marker

1. For simple 4-sided birdhouses, base coat the sides using one or two solid colors and the roof using one solid color. For more complex birdhouses (such as our six-sided one), additional shades could be used.
2. Once dry, draw flowers onto the sides of the house. Stencils of basic garden shapes can also be printed and traced. Click here for the stencils.
3. Hand draw (in pencil or marker) grass around the base of the house.
4. Drawings of bees, butterflies, and clouds can also be added to your birdhouse. Paint everything inside the lines white so that it has a light-colored base coat.
5. Next, paint over the white base coat with bright-colored acrylic paint.
6. Add two coats of shellac if the piece is going to be displayed outside.

You can add as much or as little detail as desired to the roof and the sides of the birdhouse. You could even get really adventurous and add mosaic or mixed media elements by gluing tiles, glass gems, or other materials onto your birdhouse. Experiment and have fun!



STEPS 3 & 4



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