Online media has been fairly extensive in its coverage of arboreal retreats for humans. These branch supported houses are prolific for a reason, offering up alternate accommodations that are as intriguing as they are environmentally aware. But, perhaps due to the traditional sentiment of the season, I feel inclined to take a more conventional route and write now of avian spaces for our feathered friends instead.
Why, what could be exciting about birdhouses that are for, well, birds? Are they not self-explanatory already? Let me tell you, these are no ordinary hideaways on sticks and poles. Though conventional in concept, they are, rather inventively, constructed of unconventional materials that oddly suit the miniature houses as though created just for them. Doorknobs, for example, are often thought – and rightfully so – as handles of unassuming spectacle, which grant access to the entries that grant access to other worlds. Or rooms, if you prefer. But this completely sells the doorknob short of its capacity for catering to the feet of a bird, whose talons so perfectly contort to the knob’s curve. Furthermore, old vents allow for just the right amount of proper air-circulation.
The tin roofs are just cool.
There is no real pecking-order when it comes to unconventional birdhouses, as creativity spans great heights – and a sumptuous palace of a birdhouse is no less seedy than a Popsicle-stick shanty. Indeed there are plenty of impressively unconventional bird-homes, some more so than others. This includes both bird-feeders and houses, as well as those ever-efficient bed and breakfast mergers.
How fitting it would be to create an avian breakfast nook made from materials that likely served a crucial role in the preparation of human breakfasts themselves. Such is the case above, where clearly identifiable are a coffee tin and milk carton, which were both up-cycled to construct the base of the feeder. Both would make great projects for kids, too.
This one, not so much. But it does continue the theme of breakfast components.
If you harbor preference for high-tea, then perhaps the suspended teacup shall suit your fancy. Or should we go so far as to call it a flying saucer? You’ll have to forgive the puns as now we move on to the structural elements of the design. It is rather simple, actually. You may want to invest in some non-toxic adhesive, first. Just remember to check the ingredient list, as not all non-toxic products are chemical-free. After you make permanent the teacup’s face-plant into the saucer, you need only to lasso the handle so that it may suspend from the tree. Metal loops work, as shown above, though a chain or rope would work also.
If you anticipate multiple occupants, why not let loose and install enough houses to beard an entire tree? This would work particularly well with old mailboxes. Specifically, those that were once mounted astride front-entry doors.
You can even provide an accompanist to their morning birdsong. Though if you wish to take the quirkiness factor more literal, well, I think the next example is pretty self-explanatory:
It may not be a proper log cabin, but what do you expect when your landlord’s a wino?
Jests aside, the above are all prime examples of human creativity. Displaying the same inventiveness that originally sought to mimic nature in the first place. And in this way these birdhouses return that gift of inspiration.
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