How to Make a Milk Carton Birdhouse

How to Make a Milk Carton Birdhouse


How to Make a Milk Carton Birdhouse. Here’s a great reason to drink your milk:
When you’ve emptied the carton, you can make this simple house for your feathered friends. You will need An empty quart-size milk carton
A stapler Masking tape A soft cloth or rag Brown shoe polish Scissors or a small precision
knife A grown-up to help with cutting A pointy screwdriver or something to poke holes in
the carton Twine and a twig or small branch (optional). Step 1. Rinse out the milk carton thoroughly and let
it dry. Step 2. Close the carton and staple it shut. It will look like it did when your mom or
dad bought it. Step 3. Tear or cut pieces of masking tape that are
two or three inches long and stick them all over the carton until you’ve covered it completely. If you overlap the edges of the tape slightly,
you’ll cover the carton better. Step 4. Dab some shoe polish onto the cloth and rub
it all over the tape-covered carton. This will make the house look like it’s made
out of bark. Let the polish dry. You can also decorate the birdhouse by gluing
moss all over it, or excelsior, green stuff that looks a lot like moss that you can buy
at a crafts store. Step 5. To make the door, have a grownup cut a circle
that’s an inch to an inch and a half in diameter about 4 inches above the bottom of the carton. To make a perch inside the birdhouse, poke
holes in opposite sides of the carton and stick a twig through it. Step 6. Make a few holes in the bottom of the carton
for drainage and two holes in the top so that the birds can breathe. Ask a grown-up to poke the holes, too. That screwdriver could be sharp. Step 7. Poke a hole through the very top of the house,
where the milk carton forms a peak, and string a piece of twine through it. Tie a knot in the twine, hang the house from
a tree, and wait for your new neighbors to move in. Did you know Wrens, tree swallows, and bluebirds
prefer enclosed birdhouses like this one, while robins like open platforms for nesting.

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