Looking for garden decor ideas on a budget? This DIY rustic birdhouse feature is a cute addition to any garden this summer! You can make it with dollar store items and items salvaged from your backyard for an inexpensive craft this season.
I know that a lot of your love quick and cheap DIY decor ideas, and this project is definitely one of those! I really like how this trio of rustic birdhouses on tree branches turned out, and I'm excited to share this simple & adorable tutorial to make these with you today.
This project is part of the Seasonal Simplicity blog hop hosted by The Happy Housie, so after you read my post make sure to see all of the other beautiful summer DIY projects linked at the bottom!
- 3 dollar store wooden birdhouses (I found mine at Dollarama)
- stain & paint (optional)
- tree branches to cut into 3 pieces (my finished cuts were 40", 37" and 34" long)
- miter saw or hand saw
- scrap piece of 2x6 pine/spruce wood
- drill & deck screws
- craft glue
- decorations like raffia ribbon, moss, faux butterflies etc.
- craft glue (I used white glue)
To begin, stain and/or paint your birdhouses if you'd like. I stained mine with Minwax Classic Grey, and then dry brushed them with some green/grey latex paint I had on hand.
Cut the tree branch pieces to 3 different heights. I used a miter saw, but you could also use a hand saw. Mine are about 40", 37" and 34" tall. Attach them to a scrap piece of 2x6 lumber with a drill and deck screws. I staggered mine and screwed them in place from the bottom of the 2x6.
Dig a shallow hole in your garden the size of your 2x6, place the piece in the hole, and cover it up with a thin layer of dirt or mulch.
Attach the birdhouses to the tops of the branches with glue. I used white glue, but Crazy Glue would also work well.
Decorate the bird houses with ribbon, moss, faux butterflies, or anything you wish! I used white glue to tack everything in place.
Enjoy your cute garden feature!
Rustic Birdhouse Garden DIY Decor
This rustic wooden birdhouse feature is a cute addition to any garden this summer! You can make it with dollar store items and items salvaged from your backyard.
- 3 dollar store wooden birdhouses (I found mine at Dollarama)
- Stain & paint (optional)
- Tree branches cut into 3 pieces (my finished cuts were 40", 37" and 34" long)
- Scrap piece of 2x6 pine/spruce wood
- Craft glue (I used white glue)
- Decorations (raffia ribbon, moss, faux butterflies, etc)
- Miter saw or hand saw
- Drill & deck screws
- To begin, stain and/or paint your birdhouses, if you'd like. I stained mine with Minwax Classic Grey, and then dry-brushed them with some green/grey latex paint I had on hand.
- Cut the tree branch pieces to 3 different heights. I used a miter saw, but you could also use a hand saw.
- Attach them to a scrap piece of 2x6 lumber with a drill and deck screws. I staggered mine, and screwed them in place from the bottom of the 2x6.
- Dig a shallow hole in your garden the size of your 2x6, place the piece in the hole, and cover it up with a thin layer of dirt or mulch.
- Attach the birdhouses to the tops of the branches with glue. I used white glue, but Crazy Glue would also work well.
- Decorate the bird houses with ribbon, moss, faux butterflies, or anything you wish! I used white glue to tack everything in place. Enjoy your cute garden feature!
Now that you have some decor inspiration for your garden, check out DIY Gardening Ideas: A Guide to Creating a Spring Garden!
More of My Garden Decor Ideas on a Budget
Make an Easy an Inexpensive Fairy Garden
This fairy garden was inexpensive and easy to make. My daughters and I used things we had on had on hand or found in the yard, and I think the result is just as cute as something you might spend more money on.
Easy DIY Rustic Log & Reclaimed Wood Garden Bench
There's something so wonderful about taking old, unused items and turning them into something beautiful and useful. In this case, I used a couple of logs from our log pile along with some vintage scrap wood I found at my aunt and uncle's farm to make a rustic garden bench.
DIY Faux Enamelware Garden Light Feature
Learn how to make a faux enamelware watering can garden light feature with a dollar store watering can, a plant stand, paint and fairy lights. This is an inexpensive and creative way to add a beautiful twinkle to your garden.
Today I'm joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Summer DIY Ideas as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series...
5 Minute Dollar Store DIY Hit Wall at The Happy Housie
Anthro Octopus Knockoff at Craftberry Bush
Summer Activities Tree at The Handmade Home
Easy Ways to Bring Colour Into Your Home for Summer at Tatertots and Jello
Rustic Birdhouse Garden DIY Decor from the Dollar Store at The DIY Mommy
DIY Shell Planter Tutorial at Zevy Joy
Painted Wood Jewelry Dish at Paint Me Pink
DIY Beach Art on a Canvas at Shabbyfufu
Place of My Taste
Go Jump in the Lake Sign at My Sweet Savannah
DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Liberty Burlap Party Banner at She Gave it A Go
Campfire S'Mores Gift Basket Idea at Modern Glam
How to Paint a Concrete Patio at The Turquoise Home
DIY Hanging Garden Trellis at A Pretty Life
DIY Coastal Window Box at Finding Silver Pennies
DIY Rainbow Book Art at Life is a Party
DIY Tabletop Marshmallow Roaster at Sincerely, Marie Designs
How to Make a Sign the Easy Way at Confessions of a Serial DIYer
DIY Bird House at Seeking Lavender Lane
Simple Botanical Watercolour at Lemon Thistle
DIY S'mores Bar at Clean & Scentsible
These are the sweetest things ever! I'll have to make a couple of these. My 6 year old would love it!
These houses are so adorable! Love it Christina!
These are so cute, Christina! They almost look like little fairy houses! XO
Such a cute garden accent!
This would be a fun idea to keep the kids busy during the Summer! Thanks for sharing.
These are so sweet! LOVE them.
These are adorable! Hopefully they bring some sweet birds your way this summer!
T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet
I love this idea so much! I love how you painted them and mounted them on tree branches. Pinning!
I really like these whimsical garden birdhouses. Awesome idea to use tree branches! Pinning. I'm visiting from Farmhouse Friday.
I just read your post on how to make this adorable birdhouse . I am so excited! My family loves crafting projects and we're always trying to find new ones that are inexpensive or use materials readily available around the house. And especially with summer right around the corner, it's an excellent idea to start getting our creative juices flowing now. I'm also planning to replace the landscape in my backyard so this DIY project is a good addition to my backyard view.
I was reading your blog post about making cheap birdhouses for the garden with items at the dollar store! I've always wanted to make my own birdhouse but never know where to start. Your article really inspired me and showed how easy it can be.