Painting Birdhouses

Painting birdhouses is fun for young and old alike.

This is a great intergenerational activity, because it’s simple and there’s no right or wrong way to paint one. Just use your imagination when it comes to color choices!

Painting birdhouses is a fun intergenerational activity.

Materials Needed for Painting a Birdhouse:

  • Already-made birdhouse (usually available at hobby stores)
  • Paint (paint made for outdoor use) (non-toxic)
  • Paint brushes (various sizes)
  • Painting cups (if needed-I sometimes use old medicine cups or small paper cups to pour small amount of paint into.)
  • Old newspaper to place underneath project
  • Old paint clothes, paint shirts, or aprons

Instructions:

  1. Use old paint clothes or aprons to cover clothes. Place old newspapers down on work surface to cover.
  2. Choose your birdhouse and paint colors. Paint one color, multi-colored or whatever design you wish.
  3. Let dry.
  4. When dry set outdoors to enjoy.

Considerations for Older Adult Crafters:

  • Larger handled paint brushes may be easier to grip than thinner ones.
  • Consider painting separate birdhouses with a child, or painting one together.
  • For those needing close observation, make sure paint is not ingested.

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