DLTK's Crafts for Kids
Bird House Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
Kaitlyn's favourite toys of late have been her bird stuffies.
Of course, how can a little girl play with her bird stuffies when she
does not have a home for them. She begged her daddy to build her a
bird house and while Darren was not prepared to build one out of wood he
thought that he could whip something together out of cardboard boxes
rather quickly. I think that it turned out rather cute and decided
to put it on the site.
- 3 boxes
- 1 large box (roughly square) to make the roof
- 1 slightly smaller box for the walls and floor
- 1 chocolate box for the base
- cardboard roll from paper towel or gift wrap
- scissors or utility knife
- tape (preferably packing tape or masking tape as opposed to scotch
- Optional: String to hang the house instead of the third box
and paper towel roll.
- Optional: Paint
- Begin with the larger box. We used a box from mandarin
oranges. Cut out two sides or the top flap and one side
keeping the corner intact. The idea is that the fold between
the two sides will become the peak of the bird house.
- Take the second box and cut it to form the walls. We let
Kaitlyn draw the size of the hole she wanted for her bird house and
then cut that out as well.
- Tape the roof to the second box. Depending on how big the
hole is you may be able to reach in and tape it from the inside.
- Tape the paper towel roll to the bottom of the bird house.
- Cut a small 'X' in the lid of the third box about the same size as
the paper towel roll.
- Slide the paper towel roll through this 'X' in the lid and then
tape it to keep it standing. As you can see from the
picture, Darren did not scrimp on the tape and he managed to
make it strong enough to stand up on its own.
- Optional: You could use string to hang the house as an
alternative to the stand.
- Optional: Paint the bird house and stand.
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