Send winter blues packing with this fun and functional, charming and intricately worked birdhouse. Handcrafted in Nepal from felted sheep’s-wool and designed to resemble a vintage camper, this birdhouse brings a touch of retro charm to porch or patio. Dew dries quickly from the naturally water-resistant wool, and a clean-out door at the bottom lets you remove old nesting materials. No nesting birds in your neighborhood? It also makes for charming indoor décor.
The 3/4 inch opening suits tiny birds like wrens and nuthatches, but it can be expanded to 1½ inches for bluebirds or tree swallows.
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 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.
I bought the teardrop camper birdhouse. It matches my daughters camper perfectly. They hung it on their covered deck overlooking the Platte River. It’s the dead of winter in Missouri , so no birds yet but I have high hopes. It is small and not very wide, but I hope it will work for the birds