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Ceiling Medallion Birdhouses

Have beginner skills and a couple of hours? Repurpose a pair of ceiling medallions to create cute, decorative birdhouses.

Ceiling medallion birdhouses

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Drill with 3/8-in. and 7/16-in. bits
  • Super Glue
  • Handsaw


  • 16-in. Portfolio white ceiling medallion, #338721
  • 10-in. Portfolio white ceiling medallion, #338719
  • 3/8-in. x 48-in. poplar round dowel, #19380
  • 7/16-in. x 48-in. poplar round dowel, #19381
  • 2 galvanized caps, #31883
  • Valspar spray paint, Golden Maize

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Step 1

Determine the location of the perches in both medallions. Then drill a 3/8-in. hole in the smaller medallion and a 7/16-in. hole in the larger one.

Step 2

Glue a galvanized cap onto the back of each medallion. Place heavy objects such as books on top of them and let dry.

Step 3

Using a handsaw, cut 3/8-in.- and 7/16-in.-diameter dowels to about 3-in. long. Put a dab of glue on the dowels, and insert them into the holes you drilled in Step 1; let dry.

Step 4

Spray-paint the medallions in a color of your choice (we used Valspar Golden Maize), let dry, then hang.