An afternoon of painting later, all the bird houses were looking very colorful!
To help the houses stay pretty a bit longer, they were covered with a protective coating of clear polyurethane.
Here is Max's contribution to the project. He decided to name his house "Penney's Church", after a cat in our previous neighborhood who always found a way into our backyard. We had similar bird houses hung on the fence there, so I get that connection, but the church part? I've gotten no explanation despite my inquiries.
Screw hooks were used to hang the houses with rope loops. I thought it would look great to paint them as prettily as the houses had been painted.
The other houses were hung with OOK hardware. Screw eye bolts, hanging wire and picture hangers.
Max insisted his bird house be hung on a tree, and likes that it appears as if it is floating. Works for me.
Okay, so now one corner of our yard is looking cute. Hum...it is a long summer, we may be revisiting this project another day!