Bird Houses

I was so lucky to be able to host my first workshop here in Fort McMurray. I have been working toward setting up workshops for awhile now but there is so much planning that goes into it, so it took some time to get going!

I decided that my first workshop would be birdhouses made from 2L milk cartons. I couldn’t believe the interest and support I had right off the bat. The interest was so high that I ended up hosting the same workshop a second time!

To make these birdhouses you’ll need the following materials:

  • 2L milk carton (washed out and dry)
  • White spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Tissue paper cut into squares
  • Elmer’s white glue
  • Plastic or foam cups
  • Paint brushes (wide and flat)
  • Twigs (and clippers to cut them to size)
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Wooden sticks
  • Decorations of choice – glitter, gems, foam stickers, pine cones, buttons, pom poms
  • Hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • String or wire to hang when finished

First things first, use your craft knife to cut out a shape of your choice for the front of the bird house. This is where the birds will go in to eat their bird food. Once you finish, put on your gloves and spray paint the carton white. Leave it to dry and apply a second coat if you feel necessary. I applied two coats on each of mine.

If your milk carton is open in the corner – hot glue the top shut. Use your scissors to twist a hole into the top for your string and under your birds opening for the wooden stick (aka a perch for them to stand on).

Now it’s time to start adding your tissue paper squares. Pour some glue into a foam cup and grab a paint brush.

Paint the glue onto a square section and apply one piece of tissue paper. Paint over top of it with glue to seal it into place.

Continue to do this until you have covered all four sides and the top of the milk carton.

Once you’ve finished, hot glue your twigs to make a roof and stick in your wooden perch.

Finally it’s time to decorate! We made a button flower, added some foam stickers, glitter and pine cones!

Now that you’re finished it’s time to add some bird food and hang it outside! Novas has been rained on time and time again and it’s still in great shape! The glitter did wash off but the tissue paper pieces are still intact!

This is the one I made as an example for the workshop! Here are a few pictures from the two workshops I hosted for these birdhouses.

May 13th at Shine Kids Fitness Fort McMurray

June 2d at Shine Kids Fitness Fort McMurray

Keep your eye open for future workshops! Next up: Dream Catchers.

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