Check out this adorably sharp Barrel Cactus Felted Birdhouse! Even though it isn't really going to prick you or the birds who could inhabit it, the cactus design is a sure to catch someone's eye! Beautifully handmade by artisans in Nepal, this all-natural wool item can be used indoors as a piggy bank or a playset, or as home decor.
Do Birds Really Go Inside? YES! Small birds such as wrens, nuthatches and chickadees use them as a safe place to nest and rest. Birds such as titmice may also pull parts of the body to take the wool to add to their nests. How Long Will It Last Outside? If hung in a protected outdoor area, such as under a porch roof, our birdhouses will last for years and years. If placed in direct sun, colors will begin to gently fade over 2-3 months, but they will retain their shape for more than a year in fully exposed weather. Of course, it will last indefinitely indoors! What About Rain or Snow? Wild Woolies Birdhouses are made of water repellent sheep’s wool. Moisture from rain or snow will wick through the felt and around the nest. Once the rain stops, the birdhouse will air-dry since wool naturally breathes. Also, wool is thermal; cool in summer and warm in winter! How Do I Clean It Out? It’s easy to remove old twigs and nesting materials from the handy clean-out hole in the base or through the entry hole. If the outside becomes soiled, a good brushing is usually all that’s needed. If it becomes stained, work the spot with water and mild soap, then rinse and air dry. Do not put into a washing machine or dryer. Are the Materials ‘Sustainable’? Our birdhouses are made with sustainably-harvested materials including natural sheep’s wool, a crocheted jute hanging cord and a hand-carved bamboo perch. All work is done by hand. What Makes It ‘Fair Trade’? Our felt birdhouses are made by artisans in Kathmandu, Nepal, who are paid a fair wage and work in a clean, safe and environmentally-responsible workplace that meets international social compliance standards. Management promotes the development of skills and abilities of the artisans, most of whom are women. ~ by the Makers at dZi Handmade