Copper and Mint DIY Birdhouse

Take a plain wooden birdhouse and upcycle using copper sheet and paint.

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle

I had been thinking of doing some sort of garden DIY, but couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do. So when an email dropped into my inbox from Ocean Finance inviting me to take part in a competition to decorate a birdhouse, I jumped at the chance! Along with the twenty other bloggers, I was given a plain wooden birdhouse and supplies of my choice from www.buddlycrafts.com

You Will Need:

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle

Wooden Bird House

-A4 Thin Copper Sheet or Shim, approx 0.15mm thick 

-Acrylic Paint, I used DecoArt Americana in Pistachio Mint and Driftwood

cArt Wooden Shapes, ‘Garden Tools’

Varnish, Duraclear Satin

-2 Part Epoxy Glue


-Fine Sandpaper

How To:

1.Lightly sand the wooden bird house to get rid of any litle rough sections. Apply a layer of acrylic paint in Pistachio Mint everywhere except the base and roof. For a more dense, block colour apply a second coat. Once the paint is dry, add a coat of satin varnish.

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle2.Fold the sheet of A4 copper in half and place on the roof of your birdhouse. Begin forming the metal around the overhang, cutting away excess using scissors where needed.

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle

3.Form the metal around the front of the roof in the same way. Use a metal spoon to smooth the metal and make the corners nice and crisp.

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle

4.Once you have finished adding the copper roof, paint some of the wooden shapes in ‘Driftwood’, applying a layer of varnish once it has dried. Mix up a small amount of epoxy glue and attach the shapes to the birdhouse. You can also glue down the corners and edges of copper sheet.

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle

5.This birdhouse would make a wonderful indoor or outdoor decoration-  my needle felted birds seems to like it, and I imagine the real thing would love it just as much!

DIY Painted Bird House Tutorial Upcycle

If you have a go at making this DIY birdhouse let me know on Twitter,Instagram or Facebook so I can share with everyone! I love seeing your makes :)



3 thoughts on “Copper and Mint DIY Birdhouse

  • 29th January 2016 at 8:53 pm

    A great make Emma, loving the copper roof – I hadn’t seen this until today. It’s super to see you work your creative magic with our supplies, thanks.

    • 31st January 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Thanks Kim! I’m glad I found your website through the project- I’d not come across BuddlyCrafts before and you have a great selection of supplies! Emma

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