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When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.

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Create A Hand-Decorated Birdhouse And Feeders

by Alice Howard

If you recently found garden decor birdhouses for sale to hang outdoors, you may now want to add a hand-decorated birdhouse and feeders to the mix to provide birds on your property with plenty of space to perch, rest, and eat. Complete the project below to create the new additions.

Materials

To make the birdhouse, you will need the following

  • wooden birdhouse
  • pebbles
  • small leaves
  • acorn tops
  • emery cloth
  • damp sponge
  • towel
  • non-toxic craft glue
  • spool of twine
  • scissors

To make the feeders, you will need the following:

  • grapefruit
  • knife
  • cutting board
  • hole puncher
  • peanut butter
  • spoons
  • bag of wild bird food

Decorate A Wooden House And Hang It Near Other Birdhouses

Collect some materials outdoors to add to the surface of a wooden birdhouse. Examples of garden materials that you may want to use are flat pebbles, small leaves, and acorn tops. Before covering a wooden birdhouse with decorative materials, use an emery cloth to briefly sand the birdhouse's exterior. Use a damp sponge to remove loose wood particles and use a thin towel to dry the birdhouse's exterior.

Squeeze non-toxic craft glue onto the end of a cotton swab. Move the swab across the backside of each decorative material before pressing the items agains the roof, sides, front, and back of the birdhouse. If the birdhouse has a hanging apparatus secured to the top of it, hang the house directly from a tree limb. Otherwise, attach a piece of twine to the birdhouse before tying one end of the twine to one of the tree branches. 

Use Fruit Rinds To Make Bird Feeders

Purchase a few grapefruits and place them on a cutting board. Slice the pieces of fruit in half. Use a spoon to scoop the fruit from the rinds. Use a hole puncher to create a hole in the edge of each rind before filling the rinds with spoonfuls of peanut butter. Move a butter knife across the surface of the peanut butter to smooth it out. Sprinkle wild bird food across the surface of the peanut butter. Wild bird food will attract a variety of birds to your yard. It often consists of sunflower seeds, shelled and cracked corn, golden millet, and flax.

Insert pieces of twine through the holes that were made in the fruit rinds. After double knotting the ends of the twine, hang the string loops from various tree branches. Disperse the bird feeders between the houses so that they are evenly distributed among the garden decor shelters.  

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