DIY Nesting Together Birdhouse Sign

It all started with a wooden birdhouse hanger found at Goodwill for $4. My first thought was to paint the wooden birdhouses bright colors and use it for it's intended purpose but that would be too easy. I decided instead to separate them to get two or three DIY projects from those adorable houses.

If you've been following the blog you'll know we're undergoing a backyard deck rejuvenation with a birdhouse theme. These little guys fit the bill perfectly for a DIY nesting together birdhouse sign for this space.

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To make the sign I repurposed a wooden table riser, made from an old shutter that I was no longer using. It was the perfect size for my DIY sign and I decided to use two of the thrift store birdhouses to represent Mr. Frugalista and I nesting together on our new backyard deck. You can see what I did with the third birdhouse here in my Welcoming Summer Birdhouse Wreath post.

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Like I mentioned earlier, we're undergoing a budget-friendly deck rejuvenation and for three weeks we've been working tirelessly, one DIY project at a time. Our goal is to create a cozy backyard space on a tight budget. This outdoor sign is the first DIY project in our deck makeover series.

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Painting the outdoor sign

The salvaged board had already been painted black with a layer of white. I wanted my sign to have a lighter background and so I dry brushed two layers of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in the color Old White over the old paint finish.

To do this you dip just the tip of your brush in the paint and offload the excess onto a paper towel so the there is little paint left on the brush. Then with an inexpensive chip brush and light pressure swipe the brush across the grain of the wood with long brushstrokes.

Next up I painted the birdhouses the same old white paint color and the roof and perch with sage green chalky paint that I had on hand.

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Attaching the birdhouses to the sign

Once the birdhouses were dry I attached them to the painted wood board with wood glue and clamps and left them overnight. Instead of lining them up with the bottom of the board, I decided to have the roof peaks overhang at the top of the sign.

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And then I came down to the workshop in the morning and noticed my big oops. Can you see it in the photo above?

What was I thinking? Removing the feet from the table riser

I'd completely forgotten to remove the feet from the salvaged table riser first before gluing the birdhouses. Guess where the screw heads are? Yup, underneath the birdhouses. 😩

That's when Mr. Frugalista came to the rescue. He put the table riser into a vice to hold in place and gently rocked the feet back and forth to loosen the joint. With a small pry bar, he separated the joint enough to cut the screws off with a Dremel tool and metal cutting disc.

Adding the nesting together graphic

Next, I created a cute graphic in Picmonkey and enlarged it to fit across the board in Then I used this Image Transfer Technique to transfer the graphic onto the sign.

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Once the graphic was transferred onto the wood I simply traced over it with a black fine point permanent marker. Easy peasy! I've included a free printable of the graphic for you to use if you'd like. Press the link below to download an unwatermarked PDF of the graphic.

I let the ink on the marker dry for several hours before protecting the sign with two coats of Varathane Outdoor Clear Coat applied with a small foam brush.

Hanging the sign

Once the clear coat was dry I attached two D-Ring Style Triangle Picture Hangers to the back of the sign and it was ready to hang on our new deck privacy screen. Sorry, I forgot to take photos of this step but they were attached just below the top edge of the sign so the hooks were not exposed.

Hanging signs or artwork that has double hooks can be a real pain. Here's an amazing No-Measure Tip For Hanging Art that I know you're going to love.

That's it, a cute nesting together DIY outdoor sign. Other than my oops, this sign is a quick and easy outdoor decor project that can be made in an afternoon. It would make a cute Mother's Day, Father's Day, Wedding, or Anniversary gift too.

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In case you missed any of the DIY projects in our budget-friendly deck makeover series, here's a recap:

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Easy DIY Solar Fence Lights
How To Stain A Super Easy DIY Outdoor Rug
A Quick And Easy Way To Re-Stain Adirondack Chairs
A Playful Headboard Garden Bench
How To Add Charm To Boring Outdoor Red Cushions
Deck Privacy Screen From Repurposed Doors

If you have any questions about this fun yard art craft, please leave them in the comment section below or the Contact Me tab at the top. I love hearing from you!

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  1. Loved your birdhouse wreath yesterday and loving your "Nesting" sign today. You got your money's worth out of those 3 birdhouses! Love your creativity.

    1. Thank you so much, Barb! Yes, that thrift store birdhouse hanger was a sweet find.

  2. This is so cute! I definitely need to make one now! I think I'll paint the birdhouses to match the exterior of the house, but I definitely need one of these on the patio. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Awesome, Amy, I'm glad you like the sign and have fun making yours!

  3. Good job you have a 'crafty' husband to save the day! I love how these signs turned out, the colours are so pretty!

    1. Macgyvoring things IS his wheelhouse. LOL Thanks, I'm glad you like our sign and appreciate the visit 😀

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