Decorate a Fence With Birdhouses

Paint a collection of decorative birdhouses to bring charm to a fence.

By: Janell Beals

Multicolored Hanging Birdhouses on Fence

Decorative Birdhouses

Materials Needed:

  • various sized wood birdhouses
  • primer
  • multiple colors of acrylic paints
  • clear protective polyurethane
  • spray paint
  • paintbrushes
  • screw hooks
  • screw eyes
  • picture hanging wire
  • picture hangers
  • drop cloth

Place Birdhouses on Drop Cloth

Using a variety of styles and shapes will increase the visual impact of the collection.

Unpainted Wood Birdhouses

Unfinished Decorative Birdhouses

Prime Birdhouses

Apply a layer of primer to birdhouses. Let dry approximately one hour.

Primer on Wood Birdhouses

Prime Decorative Birdhouses

Paint Birdhouses

Paint with multiple colors of acrylic paint. Using one color at a time, paint sections of each house (Image 1). Repeat process with next color. Let dry approximately one hour (Image 2).

Tip: Paint bottom of houses; they will be seen from below.

Apply Protective Finish

Spray birdhouses with clear polyurethane and allow to dry.

Multicolored Wood Birdhouses

Apply Protective Finish to Decorative Birdhouses

Attach Hardware to Birdhouses

If birdhouses don't have rope loops on the back, attach two screw eyes and thread picture wire between eyes.

Wire on Back of Birdhouses for Hanging

Attach Hardware to Decorative Birdhouses

Nail Hardware to Fence

Nail picture hangers to fence. Hang birdhouses that have screw eyes and picture-wire loops.

Nailing Hardware to Fence for Birdhouses

Prepare to Hang Birdhouses

Paint Hooks

Birdhouses that have rope loops on the back can be hung with screw hooks. Spray-paint screw hooks a decorative color.

Spray-Painting Screw Hooks

Decorate Hanging Hooks

Twist Hooks into Fence

Twist painted screw hooks into fence. Hang birdhouses that have rope loops.

Tip: Place birdhouses about one foot apart at various heights.

Painted Screw Hook on Fence for Hanging Birdhouses

Support Hook for Decorative Birdhouses

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