How To Make a DIY Birdhouse

Now that summer is here, finding activities that will keep the whole family busy in the garden can be a challenge. Making a birdhouse with your family is a fun activity that allows you and kids to get creative and have some fun at home.

The team at the Case Farm is here to help, with their easy DIY birdhouse step-by-step guide that’ll help you create an easy to make birdhouse.

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How to make a birdhouse

Things You’ll Need

  • Milk/Juice Carton
  • Scissors
  • Paint/glitter/decorations
  • Rope/yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ice lolly sticks

Clean the carton

The first thing you need to do is clean out your carton, making sure you take off any stickers that might be on. Once you have cleaned it out, let it dry before continuing. 

Cut off any plastic

If your carton has any plastic tops on, you need to cut them off to keep the sides of the carton flat. So when you create the ice lolly stick roof it will be able to lie flat.

Make a hole in the house

To make sure the garden birds can get into their brand new birdhouse, you need to create a hole for them to fly in and out of. The hole for the birdhouse should be in the middle of the carton. Ideally, your hole should be roughly the size of a golf ball, if you have a small circular box or large bottle cap, you can trace that as a template. Then carefully cut the hole out.

Under the main hole, using a circular hole punch, punch out the hole, this will later be used as the perch for the birds to sit on.

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Time to paint and decorate

Now that your carton is cut and ready to go, time for the fun part! Painting. Now the kids can really get involved. 

It’s best to start with a base colour for your birdhouse to cover up all the images and text on the carton. This part may need a couple of coats to fully cover the carton. Once the carton is covered, it’s time to decorate whatever way you like. Painting flowers, using glitter, and stickers are all fun ways to go.

To add an extra layer to your birdhouse, you can use ice lolly sticks on the roof to make it look more house-like as well! To cover the top of the carton, you’ll need between 20-24 ice lolly sticks, but don’t stick them on just yet.

Thread the roof

Once your paint and decorations have dried, you need to decide where in the garden you are going to hang them. A shady area on a tree branch is the perfect place to put the birdhouse if you can. Once you’ve decided where to hang your birdhouse, you need to measure how much thread you’ll need to hang your birdhouse.

To hang your birdhouse you can use a number of different things: rope, yarn and fishing line are just some of the options available. 

You need to pierce holes in the top of the cartons, one on either side of them. You can either thread and knot them, or you can use a hot glue gun to get the rope to stick.

Make the perch

To create the perch for the birdhouse, you can either use a thin twig or an ice lolly stick to create the perch on the outside of the house. Then stick down with hot glue. 

After that, your birdhouse is ready to go! To attract your garden friends into your birdhouse, you can always put a little bit of birdseed in the bottom of the house to start off with and then you’ll be good to go for a summer full of bird watching.

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