Bird Houses

I began nesting early while expecting our third daughter’s birth. I mean that literally. That winter I saw birds, nests and bird houses everywhere. I thought they were adorable.

It wasn’t long before I felt the urge to “update” the nursery for our little Gracie’s arrival.

I used this whimsical tree created for a Pottery Barn Kids photo shoot of Bird Houses as inspiration.

Inspiration: Pottery Barn Kids

Inspiration: Pottery Barn Kids

The colors weren’t quite right and I really wanted to create something with my own two hands. I also wanted to see if I could do the job for less.


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I trolled the craft store for unpainted houses that had a flat back. Then I grabbed three small bottles of acrylic paint in shades that matched our baby blanket. The bird houses, paint and fabric for the stuffed birds totaled less than the price of one bird house at PBK. I was off to a good start.

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Don’t forget the store coupons. Each week craft stores offer 40-50% off a single item.

Things went awry when I attempted to paint the tree. I sketched the tree out in pencil.

My then 3 year daughter saw me drawing on the wall and asked if  it would be a good idea to ask another mommy to help me draw the tree!

I did. It was a good call. My version of this tree looked a little creepy.


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I did, however, give the tree a second coat of paint with the paint used to trim the room. As it turns out, my artistic talent is limited to coloring inside the lines and painting large flat blocks of wood.


Photo Courtesy: Tina Overbaugh Photography. All rights reserved

Total project time including travel to and from the craft store and asking someone to come over to paint was a full day. Plan 10 minutes of painting time per house and an afternoon to paint the tree.

When at first you don’t succeed call on a talented friend. She’s got your back.


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24 thoughts on “Bird Houses

  1. Your wall is so pretty! I wish I could do that on my wall too, but I guess my land lady would throw me out if I did. Cool ideas to put a birdhouse and a phony bird. It accentuates your tree even more.
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    • Eileen the woman that painted my tree painted one in gold in her rented apartment. Just ask the land lady first. They have to paint when you leave anyway… keep it neutral and I’m sure it’ll be ok.

    • Brittany that is too funny! I had never thought to hang the house outside. I thought they were to delicate. We’ll give that a try this spring!

    • Sara-Jayne that’s what drew me to this idea. I don’t care for the shine and texture of decals but I like the concept. Paint did the job!

    • Thanks– they have since moved into a shared “big girl” room. They work great there too!

  2. That is so lovely and peaceful. We co-slept so we didn’t really have a nursery. I’m enjoying decorating their rooms now that they are older though. It brings a sense of satisfaction.
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    • Elizabeth, I’m thrilled the peace in the room showed through in the photos. It has been a wonderful room to sit and rock away the hours in.

    • Rachel, I found the set at Baby’s R Us. It came with a coordinating striped dust ruffle and polka-dot sheet. I loved the mixed patterns together. They give the room a casual feel.

  3. You did an awesome job! I love being able to find something and recreate it at home for a fraction of the price. I also have the talent of being able to paint inside the lines and blocks of wood….lol. I can’t do much better in the painting department though.
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    • Melinda… I am so glad to hear I’m not alone. There’s great comfort in that:)

    • Thanks Jennifer. We were hoping to blend feminine colors without being too sugar sweet so our little girl would have a room to grow into. It helped to have a blanket to build from.

    • Paula, what a fantastic compliment! The teamwork really made this project fun. It takes a village to raise a child and to decorate the nursery!

    • Laurie, I’m so glad you think so. We really enjoy spending time in the room.

    • Thanks Sheila! It was a really fun project to work on.

  4. Wow! You really have a creative eye! You know the creative being in you is there when you can just look at something and know you can do something great with whatever you find. These are fantastic!

  5. Bird houses reminded me of cuckoo clocks, only without the ‘coo, coo’ sound 🙂

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