Want to make your yard a little more magical? Bring on the birds. You can call attention to your backyard trees by adding a collection of colorful birdhouses. If you’re lucky, a feathered family will move in and start singing to you.
Follow this easy tutorial to display a collection of Scandinavian style birdhouses in your favorite home decor colors.
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Creating a Birdhouse Village
- Chalet style birdhouses (I used this one)
- Extra house paint
- Paintbrushes (I like thin angled brushes for this project)
- Painter’s tape
- Clear top coat spray paint
- Hammer and nails for hanging
- Ladder as needed
Find the Perfect Birdhouses
I adore this chalet style birdhouse. It’s perfect for mid-century modern, storybook and Scandinavian decor styles.
For more of a boho look, you could collect an assortment of thrifted birdhouses. I wanted to keep it streamlined, so I bought three matching chalets.
Paint Them in Your Favorite House Colors
If you’ve been wondering what to do with all of your extra house paint, here’s the answer. Use your favorite colors from inside your home to paint birdhouses.
Having your interior paint colors repeated in your yard gives a cohesive feel to your decor. I love this effect.
You can paint them all a different siding color with matching roofs like I did, or mix and match the roofs, too. I used Pratt & Lambert Mint Glamour, Bee’s Knees and Flushed Cheeks, with Benjamin Moore Fallen Timber for the roofs.
Some bird species may avoid bright or non-natural colors, so keep that in mind when choosing your paints.
The chalets have wire hangers that you can unscrew and remove before you paint so you can coat the whole birdhouse. Use the painter’s tape to protect the roof when you’re painting the siding, and vice versa. Give your birdhouses three coats of paint, letting them dry between coats.
Seal the Paint
Spray your birdhouses with two coats of clear top coat spray paint. The top coat protects your interior paint from weather damage.
My birdhouses have been sitting outside in the PNW rain, snow and sun for three years now. The paint still looks fresh.
Display Your Scandi Birdhouse Village
Finally hang those lovely birdhouses up in your yard. You can split them up across multiple trees or stagger a few on one tree. And try to put them somewhere that you can see them often from inside the house.
Mine can be seen from the kitchen, office and multiple bedrooms. It’s nice to have a view when you’re doing the dishes.