Polka Dot Birdhouse and Tips

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Today, I’m sharing with you my painted polka dot birdhouse and tips for housing Eastern Bluebirds. I’m sure you’ll enjoy creating and painting your pattern on the birdhouse as much as I did!

I was thrilled when I received two bluebird houses as a gift recently, since bluebirds are my favorite bird. My husband and I have had success housing bluebirds in the past so this was another opportunity to try our hand at homing a bluebird family.

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hand painted polka dot birdhouse

After you follow the steps of my painting process, I’ve highlighted some helpful Eastern Bluebird tips for those who want to start housing bluebirds or are just curious about bluebirds.

So far, I’ve had time to paint one of my houses and mount it. As you read along, you’ll find out the reason behind my color palette choice in the tips section.

I began with an unfinished wood birdhouse that was made especially for Eastern Bluebirds. Mine was handmade and you can find a variety of building plans online. If you aren’t a DIYer, they can be purchased at home improvement stores or online.


  • craft paint
  • foam paint brush
  • artist paint brush
  • sponge dotter
    • or use round household objects to trace
  • paint dotter
    • or use end of artist brush
  • pencil
  • waterproof outdoor spray
unfinished wood birdhouse for eastern bluebirds
supplies for polka dot birdhouse



Use a foam paint brush to paint the birdhouse brown, let dry then paint a second coat.

Important: Do not paint the flashing or entrance hole and do not paint the inside of the birdhouse.


You can use sponge dot tools or round household objects to make the dots.

I used a pencil to lightly trace around my household object to make the first group of dots. Place the dots in random areas.

painting step for polka dot birdhouse and tips article

Large Dots: I used an artist brush to paint within my traced circles and it took 3 coats of navy paint.

Medium Dots: Trace the outline of the medium sized dots with your pencil and paint with green paint. Paint extra coats if needed.

Small Dots: Trace the outline for your last group of dots. Paint the red color. Paint extra coats if needed.

Tiny Dots: Use the end of your dotter to paint your tiny polka dots. No extra coats needed.

another view of the bird house


After the paint is completely dry, spray the house with waterproof spar urethane.

Important: Do not spray the inside of the birdhouse.

spray step for polka dot birdhouse



Bluebirds prefer earthy tones, such as the colors of grass and dirt. For this reason, shades of brown and green are good choices. Bright colors attract other birds and predators, which is detrimental to bluebirds.


The Spruce has a great article on birdhouse colors ~ start at the 3rd paragraph: Birdhouse Colors and Painting Birdhouses

eastern bluebird image
Eastern Bluebird


Open, rural country with scattered trees and low or sparse groundcover is best. Suitable habitat should include perch sites, such as a fence line, wires, or tree branches where Bluebirds may perch to search for food. Look for these when you are selecting a location for your nest boxes. If Bluebirds do not like the habitat, they will not use your boxes.

MD Bluebird Society

I’ve read many sources indicating that a bluebird house is most successful if attached to a post or pole, however, we’ve had success mounting our bluebird houses to a tree at the open edge of a wooden area.

We never had a problem with snakes raiding the nest, but if you choose to mount on a post or pole, install a baffle to prevent snakes from getting to the nest.


The majority of sources indicate the birdhouse should be placed 4 to 6 feet above ground. I found other ranges as well, one stating bluebirds will tolerate 10 to 15 feet high.

Make sure you have easy access to clean out the house after each nesting period.

We chose to hang our house at 10 feet on a tree at the open edge of our backyard woods. We often see bluebirds in our yard, but if we detect that bluebirds will not use the house in that location then we plan to move it to another location in our yard in the future.

polka birdhouse on tree

Regardless if you plan to paint a birdhouse for nesting or just for decorative purposes, hopefully, my polka dot design has jumped started you on wanting to paint a birdhouse! What’s your favorite bird?



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50 thoughts on “Polka Dot Birdhouse and Tips”

  1. That turned out so pretty. I love the design. We have a little bush right outside the window that faces me as I use the computer. The only birds that seem to come around there are cardinals, and I enjoy watching them as I type. We also have a hummingbird feeder, and they are so fun to watch. I would love to become more knowledgeable about birds. My mom used to watch them a lot.

  2. very cool and thank you for providing a home for a member of nature. Even birds need beautiful places to live
    come see us

  3. This is such a pretty birdhouse! Thank you for sharing where to place the birdhouse and how high. I never would have thought about snakes crawling up the pole!

  4. Glad you like my birdhouse! I love seeing how many different types of birds that visit our bird feeder daily. Unfortunately, I don’t have a sufficient spot for a hummingbird feeder, but I enjoy watching them visit our flowers.

  5. Glad you like my birdhouse, Michelle! It’s interesting how each type of bird has their likes and dislikes for where they nest. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  6. Allyson,
    So pretty!! What a charming project!!
    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and for letting me know that you did by leaving a comment!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

  7. Birdhouses are so fun! Thank you for the tutorial. I am so glad you shared with us this week at our Encouraging Hearts & Home blog hop.

  8. This is very cute! Birds visit my patio all the time and it would be great to make a birdhouse to keep them here longer. And I love doing crafts! Thank you for sharing!

  9. That turned out great! I hope you get a family in there to use it. Thanks for sharing with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. Pinned.

  10. Your birdhouse is darling and I learned a lot about bluebirds. Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s!

  11. Glad you like my birdhouse! I enjoy watching all the different type of birds that come to our bird feeders. Thanks for visiting!

  12. Thanks, Joanne! No sign of a family yet, but we still have a possibility for the second nesting period. Thanks for pinning!! 🙂

  13. So glad you like my birdhouse, Ann! I enjoy seeing all the recipes and projects shared at your party each week! Thanks for dropping by!

  14. Wow! Had no ideas different species like different colors for their homes!!!
    That is so cool. Love how your birdhouse turned out. It will be a lucky family that takes up residence there — and a blessing to you too.

  15. This turned out so pretty. I know my son would love it. He loves bird houses of every sort. We have a few up in our yard, but no nests this year 🙁

  16. Yes, Donna, it’s amazing how different kinds of birds have their own preferences to colors, food, nesting, etc.. Thanks for visiting!

  17. So glad you like my birdhouse, Diane! I have a second bluebird house I want to paint for next year, also. Thanks for dropping by!

  18. I’m happy you like my birdhouse, Ann! I’m so glad you and your blogging friends started the new party. Thanks for visiting!

  19. Thank you for the compliment, Cynthia! We have two birdhouses up and hope to put up more next spring. I bet your son would love polka dotting his own birdhouse. 😉 Thanks for visiting!

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    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

  21. I wish we had bluebirds here, Allyson. They are so pretty. Love the bird house! With so many of us spending more time in our gardens, it would be lovely to have more birds visiting. Thank you so much for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul Link Party. I’m featuring it at the party later today. Hope to see you there! Take care and have a wonderful week!

  22. If I was a bird I would move right in. It looks so festive. We don’t have a problem with snakes but do have 4 purr babies that we need to keep an eye out. The two males especially can be sneaky. We always plant onions or ornamental garlic (Tulbaghia alliacea I think it’s called) where we have or birdhouses. The kitties stay far away 😉

  23. I too have always heard that you have to mount the blue bird box to a pole. So I find it encouraging that you had good luck by mounting yours to a tree at the edge of a field! Thank you for contributing to the Home Imagined Link Party.

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