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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:
    Royal Fuchsia,
    Brown Iron Oxide,
    Opaque Yellow,
    Jubilee Green,
  • Satin exterior varnish
  • Paper milk carton
  • Scissors
  • 1" Wood heart
  • Small mushroom bird
  • Green Moss
  • Wood peg
  • Paintbrushes: #1 round,
  • 3/4" flat, small flat brush
  • Tacky glue
  • Spring clothespin
  • Old toothbrush
Project Image

Bird House Illustration 1

Bird House Illustration 2


  1. Glue the milk carton opening. Hold together with a clothespin until dry.

  2. Draw one 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.

  3. Paint the milk carton and peg Blueberry and the roof Black. Let paint dry.

  4. Dip toothbrush 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.

  5. Dip the 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.

  6. Paint wood heart Royal Fuchsia. Glue in place.

  7. Write 'Welcome' in pencil, then paint it White with the round brush. Paint White 'U' shapes on roof for shingles. Let all paint dry.

  8. Varnish 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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