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Bird Houses

Painting and detailing

Ever wonder what to do with those leftover samples from painting projects? We were reluctant to toss them as many of them were at least half full. While strolling thought a craft store, we saw some unfinished bird houses and had an idea. Why not decorate them using the left-over paints?

The key to painting these unfinished bird houses is to first prime everything. The primer we was what we used on the front porch. It was oil-based. We didn’t want to have to worry about cleaning the primer brushes so we picked up some $1 brushes at Home Depot. For applying the colors, we used higher quality water-color artist brushes.

Depending on what you have around (copper strips, stained glass bits, etc…) the decorating project can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. The point is to work with what you have 🙂 You would be surprised at what is just lying around.

The entire project took just a few hours and is a DIY that anyone can have fun doing. So if you have an afteroon free, drop by your local Michael’s or Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts and pick up a bunch of unfinished bird houses and get to work. Even if you totally mess up, they will only set you back a $1.50 each for the smaller ones and about $2.50 for the larger ones. No matter how they turn out, the project is a nice way to pass a rainy day afternoon.

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