As of July 2015, instructions for making painted wooden birdhouses are at websites for Sunset, Popular Mechanics and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Sunset lists an eight-step building plan. The site recommends paint in natural or muted colors so predators do not easily notice the birdhouse.
Popular Mechanics has a gallery of seven photos that demonstrates how to make and finish a birdhouse. Builders should use water-based stains or paints to add decoration. Alaska's Department of Fish and Game provides directions for making birdhouses using logs or boards. A table displays dimensions needed for a variety of birds. If woodworkers choose to paint their houses, the colors should match the houses' environments.