How to Build a Paper Birdhouse How to Build a Paper Birdhouse

What You'll Need
milk carton or other sturdy paper box
permanent markers
sealant spray
other decorative pieces

A birdhouse adds not only charm to your backyard, but a home for all the birds. With a few basic supplies and some creativity, you can create a paper birdhouse on your own or with your children on a rainy or snowy afternoon.

In order to build a paper birdhouse, you will need:

Step 1 - Prepare the Birdhouse

Ideally, you want to clean out the milk carton or paper box as much as possible before you begin. With a carton, wash it out with warm soapy water and allow to dry completely before you use it. Staple or glue the top together.

Step 2 - Create the Birdhouse

When you use a milk carton to build a birdhouse, it's quite simple to get started. All you need to do is to cut out a little door for the birds once the carton has been cleaned out. Or you can be a bit more unique by cutting out a porch for the birds from the side of the carton and pushing it down. You can also cut out various holes in the sides for other openings for the birds to use as entranceways. You may want to use a razor blade to cut out circle openings in the sides if you want a more traditional look.

Step 3 - Decorate the House

Most of the paper birdhouse project focuses on decorating as the house itself can be as simple as one hole or a few holes in a milk carton. To decorate the paper birdhouse, you need to remember that if this is to go outside, the more permanent markers you use, the better. Try painting the outside of the carton to hide any remaining lettering, but then add colorful paints and sequins for shimmer. You might also add designs in white glue and then add glitter to these designs to make them stand out. Try adding designs that look like curtains for the windows or little birdhouses on the sides as well for the birds of the birds. Just make sure the decorations aren't too heavy as they can get caught in a strong wind and cause the house to fall apart or to just fall to the ground.

Step 4 - Seal up the Birdhouse

Once you have the decorations in place, you need to seal up the decor to ensure it is going to stay permanent. Allow all of your decorations to dry completely, about a day. After the decorations are dry, add a coat or two of sealant spray to the outside. This will seal in the designs, while also sealing in the structure of the birdhouse and making it stronger. Allow the sealant to dry completely before hanging or sitting the birdhouse outside.

The paper birdhouse is a simple project even children can do. With a little imagination and some decorative craft pieces, you can make an art project functional in nature.


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