Jun 4, 2012

Pedestal Birdhouse and Tag

I've always loved tiny birdhouses on pedestals. 

Awhile back, I found an unfinished birdhouse at the craft store for a dollar, and it's just been sitting on my desk waiting for me to find a wood candlestick for the pedestal.  Last week I finally scored one at the thrift store and made my own pedestal birdhouse. 

Cost: less than $3.00! 

(Sometimes I think my pleasure in things increases
 in direct  proportion to the cost decreasing!) 

Craft Store Birdhouse

+ Thrift Store Candlestick

+ Free Printable Tag from Lilac & Lavender

= Pedestal Birdhouse

I painted the birdhouse and candlestick with homemade linen white chalk paint, distressed them a little, and then waxed them with dark paste wax. I printed and mounted the tag on some sturdy mat board, dark waxed it too, for good measure, and tied it onto the pedestal with some twine.

And here they sit on my front porch with some flowers. 

I'm super happy to have a little pedestal birdhouse of my own now...

...but guess what I saw on Pinterest today?


  1. You did such a great job on the birdhouse. I have 5 small (2 on pedestals)1 med and 1 large unfinished bird houses just waiting for some one to help them! You have inspired me and hopefully when the weather is nicer I will get some of them painted.

  2. I LOVE this!! I'm crazy about birdhouses and yours turned out so sweet! What a great idea to put them on pedestals. Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  3. This is really adorable. I love the way you put it all together!

  4. Love it, love it. The large one is special.
    I have two just like yours and really think
    their sweet.

  5. Laurel, I love your pedestal birdhouse! The white is so pretty and I adore that tag. It's so crazy what white paint can do to a thrift store candlestick. My Mom's decor is kind of cottagy with birdhouses so I'm going to have to make her one now. Your pics made me ooh and ahh they're so pretty! That first photo should be in Country Living or BH&G magazine. Can't beat that awesome price either. ~ Jamie

  6. That is sweet, Laurel! Birdhouses on pedestals always get a second look from me. I don't know what it is about them. Love that one you found on Pinterest. That is huge!

  7. Nice job Laurel! Any teeny-tiny bird would be pleased to find it's home inside your adorable birdhouse!

  8. Darling little project...thanks for sharing it at my party.


  9. Love the little birdhouse. And the fact that it was a bargain makes it that more special! I'm your newest follower.

  10. Love, love your pedestal bird house! I love birdhouses and always try to incorporate them in my decor, specially outdoors. Yours is beautiful,

  11. This is a totally sweet birdhouse. Love the tag, too. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Laurel, they came out so pretty! I'll definitely have to try them ;)

  13. So cute, and I love the addition of the tag.
    Mary Alice

  14. Oh Laurel, your pedestal bird house is so super cute and nice, I love it, you always have such a lot of wonderful ideas, and the tag is so beautiful too, I have to try it too, (thanks for visiting my blogs)
    Send you a big hug
    Love to you,
    Laura :0)

  15. Hi Laurel! I love how you've incorporated one of my printable tags into your pretty display :) You're a woman after my own heart... always looking for bargains at craft & thrift stores... great idea to pull it all together :)

    Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

  16. oh how smart! I'm totally going to imitate (totally copy!) you and hopefully mine will turn out almost as cute as yours! thanks for the summer inspiration!

  17. Hi Laurel,
    I'm so glad you found my blog, I have enjoyed seeing yours. You have done some great projects. I especially like this one. The birdhouse on a pedestal has given me a good idea. I have one that was nailed to a tree and it has fallen off, but I could put it on a candle holder that I already have and it would be so pretty again. Thanks so much.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Hugs, Cindy

  18. Hallo, Laurel :-)

    Wenn du weiter so herrliche Bilder von deinem Haus zeigst, dann ziehe ich bald bei dir ein.
    Das ist so schön und gemütlich. Richtig verlockend für mich.

    Liebe Grüße

  19. (Sometimes I think my pleasure in things increases in direct proportion to the cost decreasing!) A woman after my own heart. Really cute birdhouse!

    Tammy - Thifter in Alabama.

  20. What a super cute idea to place the birdhouse on the pedestal! I love how you painted/distressed them as well!

  21. I came over from Common Ground to visit your blog! I love how you dressed up your little bird house...wonderful!!! I am now a follower. I have a new blog and would love to have you visit me! Hugs, Penny

  22. Yes, but yours is petite and very, very cute!

  23. So cute. I did some of those too. Right here:


    But I have always felt mine were missing something. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I love the tags. They are perfect for the birdhouse. Visiting from Vintage Inspiration Friday. #155

  24. Laurel I love your sweet little birdhouse. I used to make very similar ones for my markets some time ago and they were always quick to sell. I think we do like projects even more when they feel like a bargain or a good thrifted price :)

    I'd love it if you'd consider sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday ~ http://shabbyartboutique.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/shabbilicious-friday-link-party-86.html

  25. I love your bird house on a pedestal. I have a birdhouse painted but as yet undecorated, i adore them & would happily fill my home wth them!!

  26. This is adorable, and so easy! On our list of things we must make! :)

  27. Really cute Laurel! And the tag makes it extra special!

  28. your birdhouse and tag are too cute! :) Love the color and distressing.


  29. I love your birdhouse on a pedestal! Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Hope you have a great week.



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