How to Decorate Birdhouses

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Birdhouses are wonderful for anyone who loves to watch birds. They encourage birds to nest in your own backyard. Most birdhouses are plain and uninspiring, but decorating your birdhouses can bring a touch of art to your backyard. All it takes is paint, decorative stickers and some imagination.

Step 1

Cover your work surface with two to three layers of newspaper to protect it from paint spills.

Step 2

Paint the bottom of your birdhouse white and let it dry until it's not sticky to the touch anymore. It is best to let it dry at least 3 hours so there is no moisture left in the paint. If you flip your birdhouse over too soon, it will stick to the newspaper.

Step 3

Paint the rest of your birdhouse white and let it dry completely. This seals the wood and will make the colored paint appear brighter.

Step 4

Paint the bottom of your birdhouse with your base color and allow it to dry before turning it over.

Step 5

Paint the sides and roof of your birdhouse. Apply two to three coats of paint, allowing it to dry between coats.

Step 6

Apply the self-adhesive stickers to the sides, front and back. Make sure they are pressed down firmly with no air bubbles underneath the stickers.

Step 7

Use heavy-duty scissors and cut wooden squares out of craft wood. Glue these wooden shakes to the roof. Paint it with your roof color.

Step 8

Spray the birdhouse with two or three coats of clear waterproofing latex. Hang the pretty little house in a sheltered area in your garden.

Tips and Warnings

  • Wear a respiratory mask when spraying the latex clear coat to prevent breathing it into your lungs.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Wooden birdhouse
  • White acrylic paint
  • Main color acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Self-adhesive stickers with a clear background
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • 1/8-inch-thick wood
  • Clear waterproof latex spray


  • Outdoor Decorative Bird Houses
Keywords: decorate birdhouse, garden decoration, bird habitat

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.

Photo by: di_the_huntress/