by Tracia Ledford Williams
Create an easy
to make home for your feathered friends, all from recycled materials.
Even real birds 'recycle' things to make their nests.
You will need:
- Acrylic Paint:
Brown Iron Oxide,
- Satin exterior varnish
- Paper milk carton
- 1" Wood heart
- Small mushroom bird
- Green Moss
- Wood peg
- Paintbrushes: #1 round,
- 3/4" flat, small flat
- Tacky glue
- Spring clothespin
- Old toothbrush
milk carton opening. Hold together with a clothespin until dry.
or two holes on the front of the milk carton. Mark a spot for
the perch. Punch the center of each hole with a pencil tip then
use scissors to cut out the holes. Glue the perch in place.
NOTE: You may need adult assistance to make the first cut in
the milk carton.
milk carton and peg Blueberry and the roof Black. Let paint
bristles into White paint. Hold the toothbrush toward the birdhouse
then drag your finger across the bristles toward your body,
away from the birdhouse. As the bristles pop back they will
speckle the birdhouse with the white paint.
tips of the flat brush into Jubilee Green then dab on bushes
and leaves. To add a tree to the side of the house, paint a
tree trunk with the small flat brush and Brown Iron Oxide paint.
Dab on Jubilee Green leaves. To make a vine, paint a Jubilee
Green wiggly line on the other side with the round brush. Add
dots of Royal Fuchsia, Opaque Yellow and White for flowers.
heart Royal Fuchsia. Glue in place.
in pencil, then paint it White with the round brush. Paint White
'U' shapes on roof for shingles. Let all paint dry.
entire piece. When it is dry, glue a tiny piece of moss on roof
for a nest and a tiny bird on the nest.
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