It is cold here in Colorado in the winter so our troop created some darling winter homes for birds from pre-built wooden bird houses. They were super fun for the girls to paint and coat so they can be used outdoors this winter to make a safe place for birds and bats to nest. This post is sponsored by Consumer Crafts but the ideas and opinions are my own.
These final bird houses are a great thing to donate to a local walking trail. Our retirement community has a perfect one that we were excited to be able to add to with our creations. Plus, they totally love when we visit.
To make these bird houses, you will need a few things.
- Wooden Bird Houses from Consumer Crafts
- Studio 71 Acrylic Paints
- Paint Palettes
- Sealer (either Mod Podge or an outdoor sealant)
- Water for Rinsing Brushes
- Paper Towels
We started with the wooden bird houses in a variety of sizes. It is so fun that they come in such a great variety. I set out all the paints so they could get their color ideas going.
The girls each chose one and painted it with the acrylic paints. Be sure to give the kids lots of time to paint. I supplied a few snacks and drinks during their paint time. The best place to set up is outdoors if possible. We like to use the top of an old picnic table on the ground.
Be sure to encourage trying different techniques including patterns and texture.
Once the paint is dry, add a protective coat to seal it. If the birdhouse is going to live outdoors, be sure to use a sealer that will keep it from the weather’s harm. Ta da!
Some of the girls chose to donate their bird houses to the walking trail at the local retirement community. A few opted to keep theirs. I think it is important to give them the choice. This project is great to support in earning several artist badges at different levels. We used it a piece of our Outdoor Artist badge at the Cadette level.
Cheers to Girls being Creative and Giving,