Rustic Birdhouse Ideas

There are many ways to showcase salvaged and vintage birdhouses in the garden. Here are some clever ideas that show how birdhouses are not just for the birds. Byline: Written and produced by Tovah Martin, Photography by Kindra Clineff

Bring In Outside Features

Once a birdhouse has achieved the proper sort of aged patina, move it to a protected spot such as a porch or covered patio. Or, bring it inside the home for a visual link to the outdoors.

Birdhouse Arbor

Too heavy for a post, the homeowners installed this bird condo atop an arbor. A horseshoe adds a bit of whimsy.

Birdhouse Planter

Vintage birdhouses can find homes in unexpected places and serve more roles than simply sheltering feathered visitors. This one makes a sweet planter for a tangle of ivy.

Bird Hotel

An old birdhouse serves as a hotel in a miniature landscape, complete with tiny 'vacancy' sign and tiny picket fence.

Tiny Birdhouses

No birdhouse is too small for a charming little corner of the garden. Tiny details invite closer inspection, especially when paired with plants of the same scale.

Group Vintage Accents for Impact

A Martin birdhouse looks inviting perched above an old chair that has lost its caning and now cradles a flowering container. Grouping vintage items can heighten their effect.

Add Layers

A lone birdhouse atop a pole can look stark and awkward. Here, a swarm of blue hydrangeas spiked with dashes of contrasting orange provide a lush base for this weathered focal point in the garden.


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