The birds in your yard won't settle for just any old nest once they get a look at these decorative treasures.
These colorful, flower-inspired mosaic birdhouses are attractive in all meanings of the word. The rainbow of hues attracts the eye and proves that flowers need not be the only way to add color to a garden. Their functional aspects provide nesting spots for a variety of colorful birds, which makes your yard even more attractive.
You may be so inspired by making outdoor mosaic bird mansions that you'll be tempted to try your hand at creating colorful ones to decorate your home's interior, too.
1. If the birdhouse will be used outdoors, make sure it is constructed of cedar or some other weather-resistant, bird-friendly material. If it will be used solely indoors, less expensive decorative birdhouses can be purchased in crafts and discount stores. For tiles, check tile specialty stores or a local tile factory for seconds. (You may need to special-order tiles if you want specific colors.) Use only frostproof porcelain tiles on outdoor birdhouses. Marbles in various colors can be found at crafts or toy stores. To make sure the tiles stay in place outdoors, use thin-set mortar. For indoor-only birdhouses, tile mastic is sufficient to keep decorative elements in place. When choosing sanded grout, pick a color that complements your tiles.
5. If using thin-set mortar for your fixative, mix a small amount according to package directions. (Mastic comes premixed.) Starting with the birdhouse face, apply fixative to small sections of your design using a crafts stick or plastic knife. Press tile pieces, marbles, and other objects firmly into fixative. After covering all surfaces of the house, let the fixative dry for the time recommended by the manufacturer.