Every spring, when the weather starts to get nice, the kids enjoy using acrylic paints to decorate little wooden birdhouse for me. I'm not much of a bird-watcher, and the birdhouses are far from functional (only the most brilliantly be-feathered birds would be able to tolerate the design sense of my paint-happy children), but I like to hang them on flower stakes in my back garden. That garden is in the shade and although I have plenty of color in the spring and early summer, I haven't had much success with bright blooms in the later half of the summer. The flashy paint adds some visual interest to all the greenery (I realize I am passing up a fantastic opportunity to use the phrase "pop of color" in this paragraph, but I refuse as a matter of honor and principle.) and the wild color schemes make me smile.
This year, Ian's buddy Titus joined in on the fun!
And here are the finished birdhouses (notice that this year the artists refrained from painting the interiors of the birdhouses!).
Oh, and Blair was sleeping during the first round of house painting, so she got her own special painting session a few days later.
In case you are interested some of the birdhouses from other springs can be seen here, here, and here.
Happy birdhouse painting, everyone!