Let worries float away and bring happiness home to roost with this charming and intricately worked birdhouse. Handcrafted in Nepal from felted sheep’s-wool and designed as a miniature hot air balloon, this birdhouse brings a touch of whimsy to porch or patio. And it’s just as delightful as indoor decor. Morning dew dries quickly from the naturally water-resistant wool, and a clean-out door at the bottom lets you remove old nesting materials.
The birdhouse will last forever if used as indoor decoration, or when hung in a protected outdoor area such a porch (which is where wrens prefer to nest). If placed in direct sun, colors will begin to fade within a month as with any dyed fabric, but the opening and body will keep its shape for years even in the harshest weather.
The sheep’s-wool body is naturally water repellent. Moisture from dew, rain or snow quickly dries in the open air. Wool is also naturally dirt and mold resistant. Generally, a good brushing is all that's needed to spruce it up. To remove stains, work the spot with mild soapy water, then rinse and air dry. Do not place in washing machine or dryer. If stored over winter, enclose in a sealed bag similar to other woolens to protect against moths. A clean-out door at the bottom lets you remove old nesting materials.