I like having lots of birdhouses around our yard to attract birds to come and make a home next to ours. I try to look for unusual, colorful birdhouses which will make a nice comfy home for our feathered friends.
Being Dutch, I knew this bird house belonged in our yard. I loved the bright yellow color, and that it was in the shape of a windmill with working blades. This bird house is a replica of a Dutch merchant's house from the 17th century, and the paint colors show that time period. The bottom half includes the painted detail of doors and windows.
Our Dutch bird house stands 16" tall with the blades, and the width of the base is 6-1/4". It is made of lacquered wood and would be suitable for outdoor use, or decorative indoor use. Before putting this outside I gave it 2 coats of polyurethane to protect the wood from the elements, and will repeat this with a new coat, if needed, next spring. The back of the bird house is removable with just a few screws for easy cleaning.
We chose to mount our Dutch windmill bird house on top of a pole with a base on top to screw the bird house to. You could also put a screw at the top to hang it from a tree limb, attach it to a wall (such as a fence), or just place it on a table on your balcony.
While we haven't seen any birds nesting in our new bird house, I haven't given up hope just yet. Someone suggested that perhaps the moving blades were keeping the birds from entering or leaving, so we are going to make them stationary..