how to paint a bird house

Make beautiful spring home decor with painted birdhouses! Get 20+ unique birdhouse painting ideas that are perfect for all skill levels. Scroll down to get a video in this post showing you how to paint a birdhouse.

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate. Some of these techniques are easier than others, but none of them are exceptionally hard. Basic crafting skills are necessary, like using a paintbrush or punches and stencils.

I absolutely love decorating birdhouses! It’s one of my favorite craft activities for spring and summer. I see unfinished wood birdhouses everywhere, just begging for a coat of paint or some paper decoupaged to the sides. If you want to decorate birdhouses, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve got some great ideas for you!

How to Paint an Outdoor Birdhouse

It is the ideal time to paint an outdoor birdhouse since spring is in the air and birds can be heard chirping loudly enough to wake someone up in the morning. I am incredibly enthusiastic about this project for two—actually, three—reasons. First, I used recycled wood and a hammer and nails to make the birdhouse at the Denver home show. Second, I painted it for a teacher of mine who will adore having it outside her window in the classroom. Third, and most exciting of all, I used DecoArt’s Patio Paints for the first time (on outdoor projects) and I ADORE them!

What will you need to paint bird houses from recycled wood?

The paint and outdoor birdhouse project requires the following supplies and materials.

  • Patio Paints from DecoArt (Listed are the colors I used!)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water for Rinsing Brushes
  • Birdhouse (Wood)
  • Wooden Cut Outs if Desired
  • Ball for Rest if Desired (Wooden)

I want to talk a little bit about the paints before I walk you through the steps I took to paint my birdhouse. They are non toxic and water based. The create a superior coverage. They are water resistant. You can use them on concrete and other outdoor surfaces. No sealer is required!.

Shake well before using. Apply 1-2 coats depending on the opacity desired. Do not expose to moisture for 72 hours. Clean up with soap and water.

Where to Get Birdhouses

Birdhouses can be found in the section with other wood surfaces of almost any craft store. They range in price from $1 to $2 for the smaller ones that hang on strings to $5 to $10 for the larger, more elaborate ones.

The dollar store or the dollar bins/section at retailers like Target are excellent places to get affordable birdhouses.

Another great option if you want to buy birdhouses in bulk is to go online. Amazon has some great sets here. I’ve used their birdhouses and love the quality.

Oriental Trading has DIY wood birdhouses here. I’ve not tried them, but they look cool – love that they can be painted and then assembled! They’re perfect for classrooms or parties.


What kind of paint do you use on a birdhouse?

Safe, non-toxic Paint Options for Birdhouses Look for water-based and acrylic paints labeled non-toxic, or opt for all-natural mediums like Real Milk Paint.

How do you weatherproof a painted birdhouse?

By far, the easiest way to protect your bird house from the weather is by applying a spray clear coat. Polyurethane spray clear coat can be found at any hardware store. They come in a variety of sheen finishes and made by a variety of brands all offering their own version of “fast drying” or “superior durability.”

Does painting a birdhouse deter birds?

Some people think of birdhouses as lawn ornaments rather than real habitats. As such, they tend to paint birdhouses in especially bright or shiny hues. However, if a birdhouse is too reflective, it can repel birds who are looking for homes that won’t attract attention.

What are the best colors for bird houses?

Gray, dull green, tan, or brown, are colors that make bird houses or bird feeders less visible to predators because they blend in best with natural surroundings. Avoid metallic or fluorescent colors as they tend to be so bright, they offer no cover from predators.