Last night, I finally made the truffles for this year, and I spray painted the birdhouses, just to put a base coat on them. Today, the kids painted the birdhouses. After days of snow, cold, and rain, we finally had sunshine and enough warmth to be outside for a few hours. The timing was good after all. Today, we finished the project. Three days after we gave each other gifts, our birdhouse project is finished.
Painting in Shifts
At first, it seemed like only a couple of the children wanted to be part of the project. Then, one by one, they showed up and painted. And, each one talked about how much fun it was to paint. One said it was ‘freeing’. Another thanked me at the end of the day, saying, “Thank you for letting me paint.” After the kids put their touches on the birdhouses with acrylic paints, I sprayed the birdhouses with polyurethane, in an effort to seal the paint, and make it better able to stand the weather.
Excited to Present the Gifts
The children were so excited when they finally were able to show the birdhouses to the adults and tell them which ones were for each one. The adults were enthusiastic and appreciative. The kids were proud of their work.
The afternoon craft project started after lunch and lasted almost until dark. It was dark by the time I had the sealer sprayed on and the trash cleaned up. Now, I’m tired, but I’m very happy that my idea for a fun gift for the kids to make (paint) and give came to fruition. We had a fun afternoon, and they’ll all be able to enjoy their work and watch for birds building nests when spring arrives.
Red, Yellow, and Blue Make Every Color
Here are a few of the photos from the birdhouse project.