I’m back! And it feels soooooo good! Now that we have made significant progress on the basement studio space, I’ve been able to actually start doing a few smaller projects here and there. Don’t get me wrong, we still have miles to go before the basement space is finished, but most things now have a place – which means my painting and crafting table is free and open.
This year, we are committed to adding some fun touches to our outdoor space. We haven’t really done much out there since moving in (other than weed, pull plants, trim branches and dig out rocks…ugh).
Here are the supplies you will need:
- Terracotta pot (I used both 8″ and 5″ pots – depends on how big your birds are!)
- Scrap cardboard pieces
- Scrap plywood pieces (1/8″ inch or craft wood is just fine)
- Scrap plywood pieces
- Scrap plywood pieces
- Paint in your colour(s) of choice
- Large galvanized screws (good for use outside)
Step one is to trace your pot onto your cardboard. You are making a template to use for the plywood. If you trace the opening of the pot, the template will be a bit big, so cut it along the inside of the circle.
Now paint your pots! I chose to do mine in white chalk paint first, both as an accent colour and as a base for the other colours. Then I used green, purple and navy. Bright colours for outdoors!
Make sure that the fronts are snug but that you are still able to pop them out when you need to clean your birdhouse each year.
Drill your screws into your post or fence or wherever and hang your birdhouse pots!
A little space around the edges is okay too because eventually the birds will like to add their own touches of home with twigs and grass and such. I have mine hung on a giant piece of driftwood for now, but once I clean up our awning, they will go there. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
Now I just have to wait for the birds to come and make a home 🙂 Our new pressure washer from Ryobi Canada just arrived this week, so we are hoping for some nice (warmish) weather to get outside and get cleaning. If I’m living right, I’ll be able to add in some fun planters to this space, some crisp outdoor stain and maybe a touch of whimsy! Stay tuned!
Here are some other fun paint and wood projects you might like!