Welcome nesting birds to your garden with this clever—and functional!—birdhouse decorated with a golden sunflower and monarch butterfly. Artisans working in a fair trade studio in Nepal create it using sheep’s-wool that they transform into felt by hand. Rain drops dry quickly from the water-resistant surface and a hatch at the bottom lets you clean out old nesting materials. Whether you enjoy it as a working birdhouse or as vibrant indoor décor, it’s a lovely way to enjoy summer colors all year long.
The 1-1/4” diameter opening is perfect for wrens and nuthatches, and it can be carefully trimmed to about 1-1/2” diameter for bluebirds or tree swallows. Read below for more tips.
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. A clean-out door at the bottom lets you remove old nesting materials. Do not place in washing machine or dryer.
The Migrating Monarch Birdhouse is adorable. I like that it is Fair Trade item. I haven't hung it up yet, as the tag says it will fade in sunlight after awhile. I need to figure out the best place for it. It is also a little late to entice bluebirds to nest, so I will wait for next spring.