So, I made a simple, easy, cheap bird house...
Let's hope they like it!
You will need:
- Empty oatmeal container (or cardboard box)
- Decorative paper, paint, stickers, etc. - go wild!
- ~ 1/4" dowel
- Wood glue
- Saw, steak knife, or other cutting tool
- Ice pick or something sharp and pointy
- Dryer lint
|Small, empty oatmeal container|
|Find some pretty paper or paint|
|Remove the label|
|I chose this paper|
|Fit it around the oatmeal |
container and cut it out.
|Glue it on. |
Rubber cement is so nostalgic!
|Cut a hole in the lid 1 1/8" |
(any larger and you'll have
other birds sneaking in)
|My nice Olfa circle cutter doesn't go that small, |
so it's a little jagged, uneven cut.
|Cut out (with my Olfa circle cutter) |
a top circle
|Remember where the |
original center was.
|Like a "porthole quilt" design (sort of), you'll open up the paper to the inside of the lid. This will protect the birds from the jagged plastic.|
|Glue that paper to the topside of the lid. |
It should come out like a sun
towards the inside of the lid.
|Cut out another circle, same size, and a center circle for it, |
and glue it to the inner side of the lid.
Just to cover the "sun"
|Inside of lid|
|So, the circle is not perfectly round, |
but it's cute!
|Then, with a honkin ice pick, poke a hole in the lid for a perch. |
A little smaller than a dowel.
|Put some wood glue on a 2 1/2" dowel piece, |
and snugly fit it into the small hole you made.
But make dowel/perch
whatever size you want.
|To keep it from rolling, |
glue two dowels to the underside of the container.
|Put it on a shelf 5-10' high, and |
wait for the birds to come.
I also added some dryer lint inside the container to get her started with a nest.
When I put the bird house out, I said, "Oh no! I put the perch in the wrong spot." D'oh! The lid comes off and can be turned around to any position. Silly me!
I hope you and your wrens enjoy their new home!