How to Make a Birdhouse Out of an Old Boot
When you consider the variety of places that birds like to nest, it isn’t hard to imagine that almost any container can be converted into a birdhouse. One common item that lends itself to re-purposing in this way is a boot. Choose your favorite worn-out boot, and follow the instructions below for a cute, unique birdhouse.
Keep in mind that the size of the birdhouse will determine the size of the bird that takes up residence. As birds come in many shapes and sizes, a variety of birdhouse styles in your garden can be beneficial. Use old boots outgrown by your children for tiny sparrows and finches, and big old men’s work boots for larger breeds.
Step 1 - Wash the Boot
Use the rag with detergent and water to clean the boot thoroughly inside and outside. Allow to dry completely for a comfortable, mold-free birdhouse.
Step 2 - Cut
If the boot you use is a lace-up style, lace the boot tightly and make sure the tongue is in place. Cut a hole in the side of the boot, near where the ankle would be. Start by carefully placing your hand inside the boot, and use the point of the scissors to poke through the boot material. If the leather or vinyl of the boot is very thick, you may need to use the razor blade to slice through enough material. Trim with the scissors to form an even, round hole, about 2 to 3 inches in diameter. Let the size of your boot guide your size of the hole: a child’s boot would have the 2-inch hole, while a large man’s boot will have a 3-inch hole.
Step 3 - Attach Hanging Rope
Again using the pointed ends of the scissors, poke holes through the top edge of the boot in 2 places, front and back. The finished birdhouse will hang so the entrance hole is facing out, so the rope should run across the top from toe to heel. Thread your twine or rope through the holes, and tie securely.
Step 4 - Attach the Roof
Attach the pieces of wood for the roof with the hot glue: first apply a line of glue along the edges of the 2 pieces to form the peak of the roof, joining them at an angle. When that bond has cooled, apply hot glue along the top edges of the boot, and lay the roof on top of the glue points. Allow glue to cool and set.
Step 5 – Hang and (Optional) Decorate
If desired, customize your boot birdhouse with silk flowers, faux insects, rope, fabric or any other decoration that catches your fancy. Hang with the S hook.