I've had the materials for this project stashed away for awhile. And now that Spring is here, I couldn't wait to get started. I have been really excited about it, ever since I saw this on Pinterest:
Isn't this neat?! How fun and educational would it be to actually be able to watch birds make a nest! I set out to make my own version. I found a mini bird house on sale at Jo Ann Fabrics. I am pretty sure I only paid $1.00 for it. It had a rope string attached to the top, so all I needed was a suction cup with a hook. Which I conveniently found at Office Depot.
The first order of business was to cut the back off the house to make a wall we could see through. The wood was thin on the back and I was able to cut it with a box cutter.
I used the cut-out piece as a template for my new wall. I traced it onto a clear, plastic lid and cut it out.
Although after I did this, I realized there were small clear pieces of plastic that came with the suction cups that would have been the perfect size. Oh well.
I used a small amount of hot glue around the edges to hold the plastic wall in place. I was trying to be as careful as possible not to get any hot glue clumps or strings inside the bird house.
I did a little research on what attracts birds to a bird house and found that the color of your bird house should be light so that the sun's rays are reflected rather than absorbed. Dark colors can overheat on hot days. Also, muted colors are better because they blend with nature. So I painted the birdhouse with white and yellow non-toxic acrylic paints.
Now it was time to hang it up! We have 3 lovely big windows that our couch sits in front of. This was obviously the perfect spot so we could keep an eye on it.
I put some seed inside of it and can't wait to see if any birds come to it. I believe the only birds that will nest in a house this small is the House Wren. But we will see! Even if we get a couple of hungry friends who want to eat instead of nest, that will be ok too. I will keep my camera ready and update this post if we get any nesting/eating birds.