How to: Create birdhouse to attract feathered friends
By Vanessa Roberts
4-H Foundation Regional Extension Agent
Spring is quickly approaching, and now is a great time to create a home for all the birds that are coming to the area – without having to buy new supplies. Several items from the house or yard can be used to create amazing birdhouses, and this would be a great project for parents and children to take on together.
A quick and easy way to make a birdhouse is by using smaller sticks from the yard. Create a design then glue the sticks together with hot glue to make it sturdy.
Another way to create a birdhouse is by using popsicle sticks. Glue the sticks together using Elmer’s glue or hot glue. Use paint, crayons or markers to color the house to make a more unique design.
A 2-liter bottle and some string makes a simple birdhouse. Cut a hole big enough for the birds to enter, then tie the string around the top. Paint the outside to give the house some flair!
A recycled old boot makes another great home for the birds. Just cut a hole for the birds, and be sure to cover the top. An old license plate as a roof would do the trick!
Plastic coffee cans can be recycled to make birdhouses, too. Make sure the lid is screwed on and cut a hole for the bird’s entry point. Mount it to a tree or hang it by string.
You can also mount an old flower pot to a tree or fence to create a unique birdhouse. You will need to add a cover with a hole using glue.