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Bird House
You and your child can transform an empty plastic canister into a cozy home for our fine, feathered friends.
Birdhouse
Ages: Adults and Kids 6 and Up
Duration: Under One Hour

    TOOLS AND TEMPLATES

  • Click here for birdhouse template

    WHAT YOU NEED

  • 1 - 21.8 oz NESTLÉ® NESQUIK® Powder canister
  • 1 roll of white contact paper
  • 1 roll of wood print contact paper
  • 1 – 1/4” dowel rod
  • Utility knife
  • Decorative leaf-wrapped wire (available at craft stores)
  • 1 pack of 4 - 1 1/2” wooden craft squares
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • 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 45o angles.

  • Place your birdhouse outside to welcome your feathered guests.

    TIPS

  • 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.

    FOLLOW-UP FUN

  • 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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