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D.I.Y. Birdhouse

A healthy ecosystem is biodiverse, which means it gives a home to many different species. We can help the whole ecosystem stay healthy by helping one animal at a time. Right in your backyard, you can build a birdhouse and give a bird a safe place to hatch and care for its chicks. You probably have supplies for this project already in your home!


STEP 1

Gather your supplies.

  • Clean plastic container*
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Wooden dowel or stick
  • Box knife or scissors
  • Rope or string for hanging
  • Hot glue
  • ⅓ cup measuring cup
  • Permanent marker
  • Sandpaper
  • Any other decorating materials you like!

*The size of the container will attract different types of birds. See the chart below for more information on what size container to choose:

Bird speciesInterior floor space (inches)Total birdhouse height (inches)Height of entrance above floor (inches)
Downy woodpecker4×48-106-8
Northern flicker7×716-1814-16
Black-capped chickadee4×48-106-8

STEP 2

Clean out your container


STEP 3

Place the ⅓ cup measuring cup where you want the hole and trace around it with a permanent marker. Make sure the hole isn’t much larger than this, so that the bird feels like this is a safe, protected place to keep a nest.


STEP 4

Ask an adult to use a sharp tool to cut a hole in the container. Make sure there aren’t any sharp points sticking out! You may have to use sandpaper to smooth out the edges.


STEP 5

Go wild with decorations!


STEP 6

Hot glue the dowel or stick underneath the hole


STEP 7

Cut two slats on top of the container


STEP 8

Tie a knot on one end of the rope and thread it through from underneath then back over into the other slat to create a loop


STEP 9

Tie another knot on the opposite end of the rope and cut off the extra string


STEP 10

Use the string to hang the birdhouse in or near a tree. Try to choose a shady area where the temperature inside the birdhouse will stay nice and comfortable

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