This DIY Bird House is a great kid craft, it’s easy to make and customize…even for little hands!
Do you get birds in your yard? We didn’t get many last year, but this year it seems like there is always a flock (well, at least 5 or 10!) coming and going throughout the day. My boys love looking out the window and watching them on the grass, so I decided to bring nature a little closer to home and build a bird house for the front porch!
I didn’t think my kids would have the patience to sit through building a birdhouse from wood (they are 3 and 4) so I decided to go with something a little more simple.
DIY Bird House Kid Craft
- Shipping Tube (I picked this one up from the FedEx store for $3)
- Wooden Dowels (you can pick them up at any hardware or hobby store)
- Cardstock or Construction Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- X-Acto Knife or Razor Blade
- Washi Tape, Feathers, Beads or other embellishments
- Bird Seed (I found a huge variety at Western Gardens)
- Decide on the height of birdhouse you want, measure and cut the shipping tube (we made ours 6″).
- Trace a half circle on the shipping tube to put the food in, and cut it out with the X-acto Knife.
- Measure and cut the dowel for the perch (ours was about 3″ long).
- Cut a small hole below the larger hole in the tube (for the dowel to go in).
- Wrap cardstock around tube, measure and cut the cardstock to fit around the tube.
- Hot glue the cardstock on to the tube.
- Hold the tube up to the light and cut out the large and small circles in the cardstock.
- Place the dowel inside the smaller hole and use hot glue to secure.
- Hot glue the shipping lid into place.
- Cut a piece of cardstock in a contrasting color 6″ x 2.5″.
- Roll into a cylinder and hot glue together.
- Let kids embellish the roof however they want.
- Use hot glue to attach the cylinder to birdhouse.
- Pour birdseed into the larger hole.
Place it on a solid surface, or thread string or rope through the top of the tube to hang from a branch or a porch hook. We have ours sitting on our front patio table and the birds still come up for a snack! These birdhouses are made with cardstock, so make sure to bring them in if you know a storm is coming…they probably won’t make it through the rain.
My boys love looking out the window and watching the birds eat from their feeder! We’re also making a bird bath to see if we can get a few more visitors from nature to our porch. What fun ways do you like to bring nature close to home? Tell me in the comments below!
Check out another fun way to get kids into nature: