Painted Apple Gourd Birdhouses
You are going to start seeing these gourds at local farmers markets late summer so I wanted to inspire you to think ahead. These gourds can make charming homemade gifts as hand painted birdhouses so this is how to make them into something simple: apples.
A friend gave these to me with the wren-size holes already drilled. I love wrens as well as the other birds that like the 1 1/4 inch hole entrance: tufted titmice and downy woodpeckers. If you want these birdhouses for other birds, check on what size entrance the specific bird likes. You can find a number of these guides online, here is one as an example:
The gourd will also need holes on the bottom to let any moisture drain. A simple drill bit 1/4 inch wide will do the trick.
Simple eye hooks securely screwed into the top will work to hang these gourds. I used copper wire from plant packaging to give the gourds a safe hanging wire.
Now paint the gourd with a good primer.
Once dry, add a coat of red. I used Valspar satin paint sample jar, cost around $2.50.
Once dry, I added two more coats, drying in between.
The green leaves where added free hand first in a solid satin dark green, those took two coats.
A lighter green gave the leaves some dimension.
The stems were painted brown; those took only one coat.
Once dry for a good 2 days, I finished by spraying with a clear plastic coat.
So two gourds will welcome wrens. The third one, with the wider opening courtesy of a wintering mouse, might be attractive to nutchatches or maybe a yellow bellied sapsucker.
Better yet, make a painted apple gourd to add to one of our songbird throws and you will have songbirds in hand.
Now wouldn't you like to get one of these as a gift for your garden?