How to Make a Simple Gourd Bird House

Simple Bird Houses

Put some of these simple bird houses out in the spring. Little ones will love to see what kinds of birds will set up housekeeping!

Since these houses can't be opened and cleaned easily, they are both one-season houses. You'll need to help your kids make these bird houses.

The easiest bird house to make is a gourd house. Buy or grow gourds that are at least four inches across, with a long neck.

What You'll Need:
  • Gourd
  • Carving knife
  • String
  • Drill
  • 1/4-inch dowel (optional)
  • Craft glue (optional)

How to Make a Simple Gourd Bird House:Step 1: Dry out the gourd, cut a one-inch hole in the round part, and hang it up by the neck. Step 2: You can also add a perch. Drill a 1/4-inch hole under the larger hole. Then cut a two-inch length of dowel and insert it in the small hole. Glue in place.

What You'll Need:
  • Plastic flower pot
  • Flower pot base
  • Decorations (optional)
  • Craft glue (optional)

How to Make a Simple Flower Pot Bird House:Step 1: Run some string through the holes on the bottom of the pot. Cut a one-inch hole in the side. Step 2: Turn the pot over; glue it to a flower pot base that is larger than the mouth of the flower pot. Hang it up by the string. You and your kids can also use craft glue to decorate the bird house with dried flowers, popsicle sticks, or pine cones.

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Bird-Mart by contributing writers Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls

Guest in the Nest by contributing writers Maria Birmingham, Karen E. Bledsoe, and Kelly Milner Halls