I have learned something about myself since I started blogging – I LOVE making 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. But sometimes I get the inspiration to do something a little different and interesting. The year I put up whimsical bird houses at my side entrance has been one of my favorite decorations.
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Every season of the year, and year and after year, I make a new wreath for my side entrance, which is the main entrance we use for the house. And after that season I usually donate my old wreath to the church rummage sale unless I can figure out how to reuse one for another season.
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. So whether it is a sign, a wreath, a painted pallet, or a birdhouse, I like for my entrance to be colorful and cheerful.
It is the sight that greets my guests each season with a new and fresh face, it is the finished project that 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. Lots of them, and over time I have donated several of them away or given them to friends who liked them. A few of them I have kept and these are two of them that I decided to update to an even more whimsical look for the season.
These two bird houses were purchased several years ago at Tuesday Morning. I had plan to hang them on the posts surrounding our raised garden beds but as with many projects I plan, I just don’t always take the time to follow through with it. Story of my life with craft and decor projects. Eventually though I end up using what I purchase in new ways such as with these two bird houses. They are a perfect replacement for a wreath at my back door.
They just needed some more love and whimsy added to them.
Decorating birdhouses can be such fun and you can be as creative as you want to be.
I created the circles with my drafting circle template and some white paint. Of course now I own a Cricut Joy™ machine Just and would have cut out the circles in vinyl rather than painting each circle, but either way has the same result.
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. They are actually place card holders for a table setting. The details on them are amazing and they are so adorable. I am really glad that I found a reason to use them. They are a fun and quirky addition to the 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.
This project cost me nothing but time! 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 commented that it would be hilarious if birds actually built a nest in the houses while they are hanging at the back entrance, but we don’t thing they will.
Update: Some small sparrows very quickly built a nest in these right at my back door which was a big surprise that close to the house and of course drove the dogs and the cat pretty crazy. We enjoyed watching them grow but unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of the hatching eggs to share.
“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