Brighten your garden or any corner of the yard with a whimsical bird feeder. If you have been at Joyful Daisy for any length of time, you know that I just love the whimsical designs of Mackenzie Childs, however I don’t always love the prices. For instance, the adorable Mackenzie Childs bird feeder shown below can be your for just $255. Just click on the photo below and it will take you directly to the Mackenzie Childs beautiful website. Or you can purchase a plain birdhouse like the one I bought for $20 at Walmart and then just spend an afternoon with a little paint to create your own Mackenzie Childs knock off bird feeder. :)
Here is the before picture…
I started with the white/cream background and then added then added the black checkerboard before the background was dry. To achieve more of the Mackenzie Childs checkerboard look, I like the checks to vary in color. For the background I used a 1 inch brush dipped in white and cream. I used a 1/2 inch brush with the black and since the background paint was still wet I didn’t need to add another color to the 1/2 inch brush.
I then painted the black trim and continued working around the birdfeeder painting the checkerboard roof.
Next I painted the top with dark purple, light blue, some green sprinkles- I mean polka dots, and a cherry on top- I mean a little red but doesn’t it look like a cherry? :) For the mint green dots, dip the end of a pencil or paint brush in the paint and then on to the bird feeder.
Continue painting adding some red and purple trim and a little more checkerboard along the base. I also added some pastel strips tipped with royal blue.
Using the end of a smaller paint brush, add some gold dots to the pastel stripes. Lastly add a glossy varnish to seal the paint.