These little birdhouses are nestled behind a large tree in a corner of my back yard. They were scattered around in different parts of the yard for several years until a few of them fell down during a recent wind storm. They look so much better since I relocated them to this new neighborhood.
I used to make and sell these little houses by the dozens. Every couple of months, my garage would be transformed into a birdhouse factory full of old wood, molding, roofing material, keys, bits and pieces of hardware, and whatever else I thought would make a fancy perch. I loved making these little houses, but stuck to making just the facades because they didn't require master carpentry skills. I closed the old birdhouse factory down about ten years ago because it was time to move on to something else. I'm amazed at how well these held up, probably because all the wood and accessories were already chippy and rusty when I built them. It's funny, but some of the same things I used to decorate these houses with, I now use in my jewelry.
I had to convince myself that the doorknob plate needed to stay on this house. I was so tempted to make a necklace with it.
The perch is a chippy pink cup holder from a bathroom set. Looks like something fell off the front, and I think it needs a little flower pot in that cup holder.
#39 always looked like this with its chippy paint. I remember giving this one several coats of sealer.
I think this one needs some bird seed.
Sometimes I miss the birdhouse factory, but I never miss the sawdust.