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Try These DIY Birdhouse Ideas

By on August 12, 2019
Try These DIY Birdhouse Ideas

Nature is full of wonder and fascination, particularly for children. If you want your child to experience the beauty of nature up close and personal, you might consider adding a bird feeder or a bird house to your yard. If you want your child to really get involved, help them make a birdhouse themselves!

Here are some simple ideas to make a DIY birdhouse with your child:

Teapot and Crate

There’s no rule that says a birdhouse has to look like a birdhouse – all you need to do is provide space for birds to nest. If you like the whimsical, take a wooden crate and sand it down and paint it a bright color before hanging it from a tree with the open side facing out. Inside the crate, hang a teapot from its handle, leaving the top open for birds to nest inside.

Repurpose Light Globes

You can’t visit a flea market or thrift store without finding a collection of light globes from old light fixture. Hang them from a tree with rope, the open end facing out, and fill them with birdseed or a little nesting material to encourage birds to take up residence.

Old Rubber Boots

The only thing a birdhouse really needs to do is provide a warm, dry place for birds to build their nest. If those are the requirements, what better option than to use a rubber rain boot? Construct a simple wooden or Plexiglas roof then set the boots on a wooden platform or hang them from a tree. Cut an opening in the front and insert a perch to finish it up.

Plastic 2-Liter Bottles

Cut a 2-liter plastic bottle in half and cut a large notch into the bottom half – it should be large enough for a bird to comfortably squeeze through. With hot glue, attach the top to the bottom of the bottle, inserting the bottom into the top so it creates a roof. Decorate the birdhouse as you see fit and hang it in your garden for birds to enjoy!

Tin Cans and Twigs

A tin can is just about the simplest thing you can turn into a birdhouse. If you want to add some decoration to it, consider lining the outside with twigs or decorating it with small stones. When you’re done, simply set the can on a longer stick to act as a perch and hang it wherever you please.

Customize a Premade Birdhouse

If you don’t feel up to building a birdhouse yourself, you can still enjoy the activity by buying a premade birdhouse and adding your own personal flare. Paint the birdhouse in a fancy pattern or use pennies to line the roof. Add perches and swings or whatever else you like to make the birdhouse your own.

Building a birdhouse is a fun and kid-friendly activity you can enjoy as a family. The fun doesn’t stop when you complete the birdhouse, either – you then get to enjoy the wonder of life as birds make their home and create families of their own.

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One Comment

  1. Glenn

    9/23/2019 at 7:38 pm

    Plastic coffee cans work great. I had class of kids assemble them as a science project. Screw eye center of the lid, small piece of wood inside. Piece of a dowel rod for a perch, screw with wash on the inside to attach the perch. 4 small screws to hold the lid on. 2 1/2 inch hole cutter and an electric drill.

    When I drive through the old neighborhood, I still see one or two hanging in trees years later.

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