How to Make a Cardboard Birdhouse

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Building a birdhouse out of cardboard is not just an easy way to make a great birdhouse, but also gives you the opportunity to recycle some materials that might be lying around your home. This bird house is fairly easy to make and very inexpensive. And, your feathered friends will appreciate the effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Sturdy cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher or craft knife
  • Brads or page fasteners
  • Paint or glue
  • Spanish moss
  • Twigs
  • Bark
  • Wire or twine
  • Cut a piece of sturdy cardboard so that it is 25 inches wide and 18 inches high. Use a ruler to ensure the edges are all straight.

  • Use a ruler to draw vertical guide lines down the cardboard. Draw the first line 1 inch from the left side edge. Draw the second line 6 inches further from the first line. Draw the third line 6 inches further from the second line. Draw the fourth line 6 inches further from the third line. Be sure the lines are straight from top to bottom.

  • Measure 3 inches from the top of the cardboard on the first line that is farthest to the left. Make a mark with a pencil. On the next line, measure 3 inches from the top, and make a mark. On the right edge of the cardboard, measure 3 inches from the top and make a mark.

  • Turn the ruler horizontally. Hold it along the marks made on the first and second line on the left. Draw a straight horizontal line from the left edge of the cardboard to the second line. Turn the ruler on an angle, going from the pencil mark on the second line, up to the top of the cardboard on the third line. Draw an angled line going up. Make an angled line going in the opposite direction, from the fourth line to the pencil mark at the right edge of the cardboard. Cut along the lines you have just made.

  • Use a hole puncher or sharp craft knife to make holes in the cardboard. Between the first and second line on the right, make four or five holes in a horizontal row, about 2 inches from the bottom of the cardboard. Make another horizontal row between the second and third lines, about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom. Make another horizontal row of holes, about 2 inches from the bottom, between the third and fourth line. Make a final horizontal row of holes about 2 1/2 inches from the bottom between the fourth line and the right edge of the cardboard.

  • Cut a 2 to 3 inch diameter hole about 4 to 5 inches from the bottom of the cardboard, centered between the third and forth line, in the tallest section. Punch two small holes about an inch from the top of the cardboard, about an inch to the right of the second line, 1 inch to the left of the third line, 1 inch to the right of the fourth line, and 1 inch to the left of the right end of the cardboard.

  • Fold the cardboard on the original lines that you drew. Bring the left end and right end together to form a rectangular tube, tucking the 1-inch strip on the inside. Use brass brads or page fasteners to fasten the 1-inch strip to the right side of the cardboard. Use several fasteners down the side to secure it.

  • Decorate your birdhouse by painting it, or spreading glue on it and covering it with twigs or Spanish moss. Be sure not to obscure any of the holes, particularly the large round hole the birds will go through.

  • Collect some twigs and skinny sticks that are a bit more than 6 inches long. If you prefer, you can use thin dowels. Push the sticks through the small holes you punched on the bottom through the front of the birdhouse, and out the opposite end. Push more sticks through the holes on the bottom side of the birdhouse, and out the opposite end. This will give the birds someplace to create a nest.

  • Thread wire or twine through the four holes on top of the birdhouse to create a hanger. Cover the birdhouse by hot gluing or tying a piece of bark or a row of branches spread across the top.

  • Hang your birdhouse from a tree, somewhere you can see it so you can watch if any residents move in.

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