You and your child can transform an empty plastic canister into a cozy home for our fine, feathered friends.
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Ages: Adults and Kids 6 and Up
Duration: Under One Hour
TOOLS AND TEMPLATES
for birdhouse template
WHAT YOU NEED
1 - 21.8 oz NESTLÉ
1 roll of white contact paper
1 roll of wood print contact paper
1 – 1/4” dowel rod
Decorative leaf-wrapped wire (available at craft stores)
1 pack of 4 - 1 1/2” wooden craft squares
Red acrylic paint
Hot glue gun
HOW TO DO IT
Wash and dry and empty 21.8 oz NESQUIK Powder canister.
Print out birdhouse template.
Trace 12 picket fence post pieces onto the white contact paper.
Adhere them vertically around the bottom of the canister at 5/8” intervals.
Cut out 4 strips of the white contact paper for the fence rails and adhere two strips about 1/4” up from the bottom of the fence posts and the other 2 strips about 1/4” down from the top of the fence posts.
Cover the lid of the canister with wood print contact paper.
(PARENTS ONLY) Use the template as a guide to cut out the birdhouse entrance on the front center of the NESQUIK canister.
(PARENTS ONLY) Cut down a 1/4” dowel rod so that it's 5” in length.
Paint the dowel rod with blue acrylic paint. Let it dry.
Slide the dowel rod into the notch made in the entrance. Secure the dowel at the notch with a hot glue gun.
Paint 4, 1 1/2” wooden craft squares red. Let dry. Be sure to paint both sides, you may need to do this 1 side at a time and let it dry.
Hot glue 1 square to another, overlapping about 1/2”. This makes 1 side of the roof over the entrance. Do the same with the other 2 pieces.
Hot glue the roof pieces over the entrance at about 45
Place your birdhouse outside to welcome your feathered guests.
If you are planning to hang your birdhouse, place a few dots of hot glue on the inside edges of the lid after covering it with the contact paper. Then, make a loop with a 12” piece of twine or cord and hot glue each end to the top of the lid to form the hanger.
You can hang the birdhouse from a sturdy, low-hanging branch or from a nail placed in the trunk a tree.
Encourage your child to learn about birds that are native to your area. Your can go online, to your local library or enjoy a day at the zoo visiting the aviary.
Have them make a book of their own, describing the birds that they have seen (use First Day of School Memory Book as a template).
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