Barn bird houses – Most songbirds are not really picky about the appearance of their homes, which means that you and your children can be as creative as you want when you make this birdhouse. So what if it’s just a recycled old milk carton painted with shoe polish? The simple design provides protection against rain and snow, as well as nesting quarter of sparrows, chickadees, finches and other small birds for a single breeding season.
Wash the milk carton thoroughly with plenty of hot, soapy water. Make sure to remove all traces of milk. Rinse the box and use a clean dish towel to dry it thoroughly. Apply some glue to the opening of the box, and close the valves. Clip a clothespin on the closed tabs. Let the glue dry, and then attach the tabs with staples.
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The adhesive prevents water from penetrating into the barn bird houses when it rains or snows and staples will keep it firmly closed. Tear off pieces of masking tape and use them as wallpaper to cover the entire milk carton. Make nesting looks rough bark by coating the entire belt with a layer of brown acrylic paint, or apply a thin layer of brown shoe polish to all surfaces with a soft cloth. Let birdhouse dry thoroughly.
Ask the children to add more decoration, if they wish. Make a perch by cutting about 3 inches from the end of a straw. Paint perch brown, and let it dry. Apply a layer of clear sealant around the barn bird houses, and let it dry thoroughly. Make a hole through the top flaps of the birdhouse.