- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 60 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Popsicle (craft) Sticks
- Wiggle Eyes
- Pine Cones
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
"I had several of the cork plant coasters you find in the garden section of stores but you can use anything flat or just make a flat platform of popsicle sticks to use as the back.
I started off with your common box shape with 4 popsicle sticks glued end to end to form a square. I then stacked and glued 14 sticks on top of each other to form the sides of the birdhouse. Once that was done I laid and glued popsicle sticks on the top and bottom to form the top of the birdhouse and base. I then glued popsicle sticks across the front of the box to form the front of the birdhouse.
I took 4 clothespins and pulled them apart and glued them in a v shape to form the roof. Glue the fat bottom part of the clothes pin to the top part of the popsicle sticks and angle it to form the v and keep doing that until you have the roof made.
To make the hole, I used a 1" wood boring bit but I don't recommend it as it splintered the wood. I would just use a 1" circle craft punch to make a pretend hole.
Once all of that is done you can paint the house any color you want or just leave it plain for the natural look. I then went in my yard and gathered pine cones and branches and cut them to size to make it look like it was outside and I glued pine bark to the round cork plant coaster to disguise it and make it look more real.
The next thing I did was took a clothes pin and make a perch for my pom-pom birds to sit on.
I took different sizes of pom-pom's and made a mama, papa and baby bird. I glued on small wiggle eyes and a little bitty pom-pom for the beak and then glued the birds to the birdhouse. The pine cones I gathered had the perfect little branch sticking out so I put the baby blue bird on it to make it look like he was ready to learn to fly.
These directions seem and sound complicated but it really isn't. it's fun to do and only takes about an hour. I made this for my cousin who has a country theme in her house so I included nature but you can use anything to decorate it. Be creative and let your imagination run wild."