2. Bring literature to the birds. When artist Dave Vissat was making a birdhouse for his mom and ran out of wood, he repurposed an old book for the roof. The idea took off and Mr. Vissat, a creative director for a Pittsburgh ad agency, started building hundreds of these one-of-a-kind birdhouses – for indoor use only. He scavenges flea markets and libraries for books, scans and prints the covers and passages from the book, then affixes it to the outside of the birdhouses. Get a mockingbird birdhouse for your favorite reading robin at Uncommon Goods.