Knock off Mackenzie Childs Bird Feeder in Garden

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. 🙂

Mackenzie Childs Bird Feeder Close up

Here is the before picture…

bird house before picture

Knock Off Mackenzie Childs BIrd Feeder

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.

Painting Mackenzie Child Knock Off

Painting checkerboard on Mackenzie Chillds bird feeder

I then painted the black trim and continued working around the birdfeeder painting the checkerboard roof.

Knock off Mackenzie Childs bird feeder

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.

Mackenzie Childs Knock off 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.

Knock off mackenzie-childs bird feeder

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.

Knock off Mackenzie Childs Bird Feeder







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Cyber hugs,

Amy- joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com


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  1. paperworx4seniors2

    Wow, luv the heck out of your MC knock off, great job, Yeah I like to look at so many of these brand web sites then figure out ways to make things i see on them. Too rich for my blood, SS just doesn’t leave enuf “disposable cash” to buy from them. Whole lot more fun to make things i see on them tho. I’d have thought you’d bought it from MC is you hadn’t told us you painted it yourself. This feeder must perk up your garden with all bright colors. Hope birds luv it too. Happy summer days. Will have to see if our Walmart carries that feeder. Pinning this

  2. Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle

    That is sooooo cute…honestly…I like your version much better! Thank you for sharing at Party in Your PJs….we are so happy to have you join us.

    1. joyfuldaisyforever@gmail.com

      Wow! Thanks Kim 🙂

  3. Patty

    Awesome!!! Bookmarking for gifts to make (plus one for me! or two!)

  4. Samantha

    Super cute! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday

  5. creativekkids

    Oh, I love this! Thanks for linking up last week to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned it to the Bloggers Brags PInterest Board.

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