Ring In Spring with This Colorful DIY Birdhouse
Brighten up your backyard with a customized birdhouse covered in coloring pages!
By Kate Morin
You know it’s spring when the birds start singing morning, and noon, and night. This fun DIY project is a great way to decorate the back deck and give those chirpy friends a nice, colorful place to roost. Choose your favorite coloring page design (we’d suggest a floral or pattern design!), color it with your favorite hues, and get to crafting! Here are the simple instructions:
What you’ll need:
- Completed coloring pages (originals or laser color copies) (Note: Depending on the size of your birdhouse, you’ll probably need one coloring page per side you want to cover.)
- Wooden birdhouse (We used this one from Michaels!)
- 2 brushes (one for paint and one for Mod Podge
- Mod Podge (we used the Dishwasher Save formula)
- A few pieces of scrap paper (anything flexible will work)
- A few sheets of cardstock (for template)
- X-Acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat
What to do:
1. First, decide which sides of the birdhouse you want to cover with your design. We chose to do the front and back, but if you wanted a slightly easier craft you could choose to cover the roof. Or, go hog wild and cover every little inch!
Now it’s time to make your templates. Start by placing a piece of plain scrap paper onto the surface of the birdhouse you want to cover and loosely trace the edges. This is going to be kind of awkward, but don’t give up! Once you have a rough outline, trim the large edges and keep refining the size/shape until the template is covering the area of the birdhouse that you eventually want your coloring page to cover. If you’re covering the front, don’t forget to mark where the entrance and perch are!
2. Once you have your rough templates done, we recommend tracing them onto a sturdier piece of cardstock to use as your “official” template. (Cardstock is much easier to trace than flimsy copy paper!)
3. Next, prep your birdhouse: Paint all the exposed surfaces with your choice of colors. We’d recommend choosing a color that will complement your coloring page, but you do you! Let dry completely.
4. While the birdhouse is drying, trim your coloring pages to shape. Place your template on top of your coloring page and trace around the edges. Keep in mind that, depending on the size of your birdhouse, you will likely need one copy of your coloring page for each surface you want to cover. (Laser color copies are your friend here to avoid bleeding once the Mod Podge is added!)
5. Once you’ve traced your designs, use scissors or an X-Acto knife to cut out the shapes. You’ll want to make sure there’s a small border of wood along the edge of each surface, so trim slightly inside the drawn lines. Keep checking the fit as you trim, adjusting as you go until you have the perfect size and shape. Don’t forget to cut out a hole for the entrance and space for the perch, too!
6. Next, you want to prep your coloring pages to avoid bubbles. To do so, paint a thin layer of mod podge on the back of each of your cut out coloring page designs.
7. Once the birdhouse and the designs are dry, it's time to assemble. Working on one surface at a time, start by coating the surface of the birdhouse in a layer of Mod Podge.
8. Now carefully place your coloring page on the surface, centering it and working out all the bubbles. This part is important: Once you’re happy with the placement and have smoothed out as many of the bubbles as you can, let it dry completely before moving on.
9. Once everything is completely dry, apply a final finishing coat of Mod Podge across the surface of the whole birdhouse. Let dry completely, and you’re done!
This super cute birdhouse makes great decorative décor or a functional place for those feathered friends to make their home. If you’re going to leave the birdhouse outside, we suggest sealing the design with a non-toxic sealant or varnish (like this one by DecoArt). Just make sure to leave the inside of the birdhouse unfinished — the fumes can be harmful to the birds!