During the summer I like to do some extra art projects with the kids. We decided to make some painted bird houses. This activity can take as little or as long as you would like and will partially be determined by the age of your kids. My 6 and 3 year old spent about a half hour working on their houses!

Supplies needed:

  • Small cardboard or wooden bird house (ours were purchased from Jo Ann’s)
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Outdoor mod podge (affiliate link)

First I set up some newspapers under our work surface.

My kids are messy painters and this makes clean up a snap! I let each of the kids choose 3 – 4 of my acrylic craft paints.

Note: These paints do not wash out well if you get them on clothing, etc. If you are worried about staining, etc. please use a washable kids paint instead.

Next, the kids got to work painting their houses. I am a bit of a control freak at time, but doing these little art projects with the kids has really helped me learn to let go. I try to give minimal input and just let them be creative!

Let the paint dry. This is a good time to clean off your paint brushes.

Apply the outdoor mod podge following package instructions. I applied 3 light coats allowing it to dry in between coats.

If you have younger children, this step is best done by a grown up to make sure the entire house has even coverage.

Hang your bird houses up! I am happy to report, these have been in the tree for over a month. They have endured sun, rain and strong wind and still look great!

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