Birdhouses are good all-year old in our tropical climate. Instead of buying a birdhouse for the garden or the balcony, the kids can make one of their own and make it colourful using crepe papers. They will also feel good to be able to provide shade and food for birds under one roof!
This week, they can make this colourful birdhouse which can also double as a birdfeeder. Here are things you need to help them make it all happen.
- Clean milk or juice carton
- White paint
- Recycled cardboard
- Foam paintbrush
- Crepe paper squares
- Wooden spoon (anything as long as it provides a place for birds to perch on)
- Spray sealer (optional)
1. Help the kids spray paint their cartons in white paint so the letterings of the juice or milk cartons don’t bleed through.
2. Get the kids to coat the sides of the cartons with glue using a brush.
3. Let the kids apply the crepe paper squares in any arrangement.
4. Once done, gently brush through the crepe paper squares with a sponge brush to smoothen and secure all the edges.
5. Next, create the roof by folding a piece of cardboard in half width-wise. Cover the chipboard with glue and crepe paper squares too.
6. If you want to, the plastic spout of the carton can be removed using a knife.
7. Set it all aside to dry.
8. Once dry, cut an opening for the door.
9. Cut an “X” below the door so you can push the wooden spoon in. Make sure to put a drop of glue at the end of the wooden spoon so it adheres to the carton for stable perch.
10. For the roof, cut two small slits about 2 inches apart and thread twine through.
11. Tie the knot on the underneath side so it won’t show.
12. Finally, attach the roof to the milk carton using glue.
13. For long last, cover the whole birdhouse with a spray sealer.
14. Time to fill the bottom of the carton with bird seeds and hang it up outside!
They may get excited to see two overlapping crepe papers produce a different third colour! In a way, it also teaches them about mixing colours.
Images and tutorial are adapted from Happiness Is Homemade