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Make Your Own Kid-Friendly Birdhouse

Celebrate fall by making your own birdhouse with this Kid-Friendly craft idea.

Building a bird house is one of those autumn rights of passage that everyone has a memory of. Quality family time spent expressing your creativity and creating a tangible work you can display - what more could you ask for?

When I was a child we had a gallon jug house, now with the popularity of the carton, my children and I sat down to create modern carton bird house to give the birds that reside in our back yard an extra bonus this fall. This craft is very simple, and requires supervision for younger children who need assistance with scissors or painting. My eldest daughter, whose house is shown here, had no supervision with this craft.

There are so many options for this house. We opted for a simple house because time was not on our side, and the children wanted to create a house for each of our 23 trees. However, if time is on your side, and creativity abounds, here are a few options to make this more of an all day project:

Make an edible roof using peanut butter and bird seed

Build a perch by securing a twig under the round entry into the house

Build a bird town house, by clustering the houses together


A drink carton of any size

A variety of acrylic crafting paints

A foam brush


Pencil or Pen



Step 1: Wash and dry your drink carton out, and then allow it a further few hours to dry in the sun to make sure all the moisture is gone.

Step 2: Once dry, draw a round hole near the bottom of the carton, big enough for a bird to enter, and then cut the hole.

Step 3: Then, use the scissors to piece to the top of the carton in 2 places. (this is where your wire will go when the house is done).

Step 4: Paint the carton a base color, taking care to cover all sides of the carton, and then allow to dry before repeating the process until it is completely solid in color with no trace of the carton branding peaking through.

Step 5: Once the base color is complete, and dry, begin decorating your bird house with a variety of colors, using a clean foam brush to apply the accent paints.

Step 6: Allow the house to dry before lacing the wire through the top and hanging on your tree.

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