It doesn’t have to be a wreath!
This Spring season I decided to go with birdhouses instead.
I have learned something about myself since I started blogging – I LOVE wreaths! I enjoy making them, coming up with different themes for them, blogging about them and certainly pinning them on Pinterest. My Pinterest board, A Wreath For All Year, probably has the most pins of any board I manage.
After typing all that you are probably wondering why I would post about NOT putting a wreath up on my side entrance. I have also come to realize that I enjoy changing out the decor for my side entrance with the seasons just as much as I enjoy making wreaths for it.
It is the sight that greets my guests each season with a new and fresh face, it is the finished project that I makes me smile every time I come home, and the welcoming hello to my family each evening .
Changing out the decor with each season has inspired me to think outside the box – or wreath – and challenges me to come up with something new either on a wreath or without.
I used to have birdhouses on top of my kitchen cabinets.
To be honest, my choice to use the birdhouses has just as much to do this time around as reusing what I have on hand and because I have several wreath reveals planned for the month of May, so I challenged myself to come up with something new for the back door.
I have these two bird houses I purchased several years ago at Tuesday Morning (a retail store) crammed in the back of my old craft closet. I plan to hang them on the posts surrounding our raised garden beds but until that is complete they are perfect for the back entrance for a few weeks.
They just needed some more love and whimsy added to them.
I created the circles with my drafting circle template and some white paint.
From another project going on in our house, my husband left behind this bucket of cut board pieces, both new and old. Jackpot for me since I was able to use the scraps for this project.
After painting the board scraps white, I attached the boards to the bottom of the birdhouses with the wood glue.
On a different day of purging and cleaning out the cabinet in the living room, I came across these adorable miniature chairs I had purchased probably 15 years ago from a home party of some kind and they are actually place card holders.. The details on them are amazing and they are so adorable. Glad I found a way to keep them. I really something quirky and fun for the front of these birdhouses.
After painting some whimsical designs on my birdhouses (they sort of remind me of Whoville houses from Dr. Seuss books) I glued the miniature chairs to the white bases. As a added touch of whimsy, I painted the sign “Welcome to our Nest” and attached it to the front of the tallest house.
I turned my pallet sign around to the “Spring” side and hung the birdhouses with it. In a few weeks I’ll plant some flowers and rehang the cans on the pallet. You can see that design here.
This project cost me nothing! In a few weeks I will seal them for exterior use and hang them in the garden. Hopefully the birds think they are just as cute. My husband thinks it would be hilarious if birds built a nest in them at the back door. I’ll definitely share pictures if they do!
“Don’t let your beauty consist of outward things…but rather what is inside the heart – The imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit” 1 Peter 3:3-4
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