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


  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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