It is a spring tradition around here to paint birdhouses.
(This year I think we might be trying to coax spring to come, not celebrate it's return!)
In the past, these birdhouses were given away as gifts, but this year the kids want to keep them and hang them up in the back yard. They are a little confused, since they want to fill them with birdseed, not nesting material.
I don't think it matters much though, since no self-respecting Wisconsin bird would have the guts to actual move into one of these artistic masterpieces.
You'd have to have the type of personality that can pull off these tail-feathers to even consider a Kolste birdhouse:
(Sorry, I forgot to note the name of the photographer, so I can't give credit. Since I'm not taking credit for it, or making money off of it, I hope he won't mind)