Happy Saturday from the Mitten! Today, I am talking about beach days and birdhouses. Yes, in this story they do go together! You’ll see why as soon as I show you how to build an easy stone birdhouse.
Are you ready for nice weather?
By this time of the year, I think everyone is looking for some sunshine and pretty views.
Well, at least everyone who has endured the cold weather.
I know I am!
“You have to believe in happiness, Or happiness never comes…Ah, that’s the reason a bird can sing – on his darkest day he believes in Spring.” – Douglas Malloch
Gathering Stones for the Stone Birdhouse
Do you love a good family day? You can read a little bit about my family in my post The Journey.
Spending time with my family is one of most favorite things to do. I’m anxiously anticipating our summer family days spent at some of Michigan’s most beautiful lakes.
Are you a beach person?
For the last 17 years, we have headed north to a little fish town in Leland, Michigan. It’s the most magical place on the shores of Lake Michigan. My favorite of the Great Lakes. We spend each day at the beach, camping out early and staying until sunset.
Collecting beautiful stones, along Michigan’s lakeshores is a fun hobby. If you don’t know, Michigan is famous for the Petoskey stone. In our family quest for finding those, over the years, we’ve gathered a huge bag of all kinds of pretty stones. No, they weren’t all Petoskey. Truth be told, we probably only found a handful of those.
Okay, maybe just one….
I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with all those rocks we gathered, but knew I would figure out something.
And guess what? I did!
I decided to make a DIY stone birdhouse. The expense of purchasing a stone birdhouse can vary depending on the size, materials, and complexity of the birdhouse. However, a stone birdhouse typically cost substantially more than a wooden birdhouse. I figured I would try my hand at making my own!
Supplies for the DIY Stone Birdhouse
Honestly, there are minimal supplies for this project. Below are the items you will need to create your DIY stone birdhouse.
Stones – flat stones work best
Three Easy Steps
First, I bought my birdhouse online. I then spray painted the birdhouse and let it dry overnight. I used grey paint because I felt like that was dark enough, just in case there were any gaps between the stones. However, you can use any color you like.
Next, I chose the stones for my DIY birdhouse and then laid them on a large piece of cardboard. Remember, when picking out your stones, flat ones work best. Taking the stones outside, I sprayed them with the urethane. This brings out the true color in the stones and makes them look like they did when wet in the water.
You won’t believe the change it makes! Using the urethane made the stones so pretty and shiny!
You only need to use the urethane on one side of the stones, as the back side is adhered to the birdhouse and won’t be seen. Please make sure you do not spray the urethane inside the house. It smells awful!
It is important that you let the stones thoroughly dry before you begin the next step.
Now the fun begins!
Putting the stones on the birdhouse was actually a little more challenging than I expected, but super fun, nonetheless! I started by putting some of the large stones on, first. Adding the stones was like building a puzzle. You’ll need to try different stones before you find the one that fits just right. I did have to overlay some stones and I actually used some tiny shells to fill in the smaller spaces.
Continue until you fill each side of the birdhouse.
I decided to leave the roof of the house plain. I really liked the way the painted roof looked with the stone sides. You can add stones, copper or another element to the roof, if you choose.
Ready For Display
There you have it! Now you know how to build an easy stone birdhouse. That’s all there is to it. Anyone can create this DIY stone birdhouse, I promise!!
Isn’t it cute?? I am using mine as decorative decor in my home.
My DIY stone birdhouse was definitely a fun project, from finding the stones with family to creating the uniqueness of the house.
I hope this inspires you to see the beauty you can find next time you’re at the beach. Finding rocks may not sound like fun to some, but when you share the experience with your family…it’s amazing!