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A bird house can be a real treat for your children if you are planning to build one this summer. These shelters for birds add an elegant touch to your backyard. Moreover it can be painted or decorated with glass mosaic windows which will make the little house look even more beautiful. Other embellishments such as flowers can also be used to give it a whimsical effect. Mostly, wooden houses are made to rest on a post. In order to flaunt your creativity, you can also choose to decorate and paint the post on which the house stands.

Bring your kids along and make a homemade wooden house that your children will love. Here’s a 4-step guide to creating a wonderful addition to your house.

Step 1

First and foremost, you should find a good stencil of either flowers, butterflies or other crafts that you think would go best with the exterior of the wooden bird house. Also, pick some exterior paints and a strong exterior sealer to give your bird house the protection it needs.

Step 2

Once you have decided on the stencils, secure them on the exterior of the wooden house using painter’s tape. Next, apply paint on your stencil brush and dab lightly in its open areas. However, if you are using stamps for decoration, apply the paint directly onto the stamp and press it firmly on the exterior of your bird house. The outlines can then be done using a template and filled in with craft paints.

Step 3

After the exterior is complete, the next step involves making the roof for the wooden house. The roof can either be made into a shingle or metal roof. There are two ways of doing this. The first and also the easiest way to it is using a sheet of copper; however, if you want to make it look more neat, you can use craft sticks which need to be neatly cut and lined to form the bird house roof.

Step 4

Then come the windows for your birds’ shelter. To make it look grand, make use of mosaic windows. In order to give it more detail, stick to it tiny pieces of broken ceramic or porcelain tiles. If you are up for a more creative touch, make a themed house. For instance, use sea shells to make a beach themed wooden bird house.

4 simple steps and your homemade bird house is ready to attract purple martins finding a comfortable shelter. If you find the process time consuming or difficult, you can choose to buy a ready-made purple martin house which would be a great option. There are many online stores that offer a wide variety of Martin houses to choose from.

How to Create a Homemade Bird House