Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Birdhouses are simple and functional and adds charisma and color to your garden by providing homes for feathered friends off all shapes, sizes and colors. I searched the web for some unusual bird houses and found some that is well worth mentioning. Whether hand made or industrial, modern or traditional, sleek or whimsical, plain or detailed; these bird houses pass with flying colors if it comes to originality and personality.

1. Billbirdhouses

These unique designer birdhouses are the creation of the Dutch design studio Bomdesign in Rotterdam. Old billboards are used to built the homes, making each one unique. These colorful 'billbirdhomes' are a breath of fresh air in any garden.

2. The Birds, Bats and Bees

London based designer, Tomoko Azumi 's design for eco-friendly bird dwellings design not only looked good on paper but are also made from paper. He used old paper, catalogues and magazines to create these unique bird homes that where designed for a charity auction called Adventure Ecology. The lucky birds that gets to live in these cosy homes can certainly turn a new page.

3. Book Birdhouses

Designer Dave Vissat is certainly in everyone's good books because of his clever 'book' birdhouses. He stumbled upon this idea when he was making a birdhouse for his mother. He ran out of wood, so he resorted to using an old book as a roof. Then he began incorporating interesting text and illustrations as well. Vissat searches and scavenges flea markets and libraries for discarded and vintage books, then he scans the cover, makes a print and affixes it to the exterior of the house. These homes can literally be judged by their covers and are an open book to anyone interested in purchasing one.

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4. Ryan S Ballard's Funky Birdhouses

Ryan S Ballard's No Place Like NOLA series consists of 14 intricately detailed and colorful birdhouses were built to celebrate the unique architecture, history, and culture of New Orleans. They can all be seen in the New Orleans Botanical Gardens and each one represents a different district in New Orleans. Some of the birdhouses are modeled off of specific historic structures in the city, while others are composites based on local architectural styles. Each birdhouse is more than just a work of art each one has a solar-powered porch light that comes on at night using an electronic light sensor.

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5. Cute Themed Birdhouses

These adorable wooden bird houses are all available from the Gift Warehouse. Each one is a barrel of fun, however they all have a certain nostalgic touch. Any twitter-mouth with a steady nest egg can happily retire in one of these whimsical homes. The beach bangalo, lighthouse, yacht club or Noah's ark is ideal for birds that wants to test the water, whereas birds with a big appetite will be most at home in the wagon wheel restaurant; the train station will be the perfect home for birds that likes to travel.

6. Unique Rustic Earth-Friendly Birdhouses

These birdhouses, except for the use of the occasional screw, nut, bolt and washer, are all made of previously used wood, porcelain, glass, rusty metal and old farm implements; making each home a tough and unique nut to crack. The old fence and barn wood colors come from natural weathering or previously applied paints and stains. Each birdhouse nesting compartment is also constructed to open without the use of tools for ease of cleaning and inspection.

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7. The Evasolo Bird Box

This birdhouse enables any bird to live a modern lifestyle. One can choose what specie of bird you want to nest in it, by adjusting the exchangable entrance holes to match different size birds. The house is also fitted with an internal ladder that enables the babies to reach the top whenever they are ready to spread their wings, leaving their parents behind with empty nest syndrome. Just like the feathers makes the bird, the finishings makes the house; the white-glazed terracotta and black plastic protects the nest from the elements, it also reflects heat, preventing the chicks from over-heating in the summer.

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8. Fire Hydrant Birdhouse

Any bird family will get on like a house on fire in this bird house. The fire hydrant is an important icon in American culture and firefighters and gardeners alike will appreciate this whimsical hanging birdhouse.

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9. Cowboy Rooster Birdhouse

A bird house that is a bird, not very unique, I know. However, this Cowboy Rooster birdhouse cannot be ignored, whether it is cheesy or not. The cowboy attire and free-swinging boots that dances to the beat of the wind, makes this fellow a classic. Any bird family that calls this rooster their home will be dancing on air. It can also be a suitable venue for hen’s party.

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10. Pisa Birdhouse and Feeder

It looks like birds are moving up in the world. They started with nests made from sticks, then they moved to wooden birdhouses and now they live in miniature historic towers!

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11. Peek-a-Boo Birdhouse

A living bird house museum, it sticks right to your window where you can view nesting birds from from up close. The dark green color blends with surroundings and attracts cavity nesting birds. Each unit is UV protected for years of enjoyment. You can paint or decorate as a fun project. It is made in the USA out of 100% recycled plastic.

11. Cuckoo
Clock Birdhouse

Nathan Wierink designed this clever birdhouse that is in the shape of a cuckoo clock. He also made a cuckoo clock that is shaped like a birdhouse.

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12. Holy Homes

Holland based artist Frederik Roije designed this modern birdhouses from coloured porcelaine. The are in the chape of a chapel and a cathedral.

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13. Egg Birdhouses

These colourful egg-shaped birdhouses will attract chickadees, wrens, and smaller birds, keeping house sparrows out. I love the colours they are available in.

14. Piepchau Birdhouse

This wooden birdhouse will impress any guest whether feathered or not, what is even more impressive is the fact that this birdhouse can be assebledand taken in just a few minutes. This mobile birdhouse comes packaged in a convenient A4 box.

15. Super Kingdom

These really interesting bird mansions, is part of London Fieldworks 2008 Super Kingdom intevention. London Fieldworks projects engage with the notion of ecology as a complex inter-working of social, natural, and technological worldsThe first one resembles Stalin’s Palace od Culture and Science in Warsaw, the second Mussolini’s Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, and Ceausescu’s Palace of Parliament. The intervention focus interest on the parallel story of changing habitat and shifting animal populations in King’s Wood. King’s Wood is an environment surrounded by encroaching urban development.


  1. Great birdhouses. I feel imspired to make one for the tree outside our window. Great blog.

  2. Thanks for your comment! Keep reading my blog!

    1. wow! i am planning to make a birdhouse soon and looked online to see what was available, and came across these, wow! i'm inspired too. thanks. David.