While my husband was out walking in the woods, probably hunting, he found a couple of old, rusty “no hunting” signs. They were obviously very old and not being used – at least not effectively since you could barely read them – so my husband brought them back to our cabin and ultimately back home. I stole them from him. I had the perfect idea for them!
Rustic birdhouses are one of my favorite craft items. I have made them in the past with store bought rusty tin squares for the roof. How much better and authentic would it be to use an old rusty tin sign with a little touch of color left on it? I loved it!
Since the sign was too long for one roof, I used tin snips to cut it down. I now had enough to make two birdhouses.
Of course the other necessary item for this craft is a birch log. You can purchase birch logs from retailers who harvest birch to sell to crafters and woodworkers. One such place is the Birch Bark Store online. If you don’t have your own birch trees and you live near a public woods with birch, you can see if you can get a permit to either cut a tree, cut the root suckers, or prune the branches. Freshly fallen trees right after a storm are another option.
Obviously this craft doesn’t have to be done with just birch. You can use any type of tree that you have access to. Aspen and the various types of pine are some great choices as well. They will all have their own unique look that will be just as rustic and decorative. So, the next time there is a storm in your area, look for the opportunities given with all of those fallen trees. Do your part to help clean them up and get some great craft material at the same time!
So, to start you will need a birch log with two straight cuts at the top to lay your tin roof flat on. You will also need to drill two holes. A large hole, partially through the log is needed to look like an opening for the bird and a small hole is needed to insert a small birch branch for a perch.
If you don’t have access to any old signs, you can always purchase rusty tin from a crafts supplies store. I have made many birdhouses this way and they look nice and rustic as well. Old license plates would work really well for this craft as well. If you need to make any cuts, use a good pair of tin snips and then file down the edge with a mill file so there are not any jagged points.
To further decorate the birdhouse, you can add natural spanish moss and some birch twigs in strategic spots like inside the hole opening and on the roof.