Thursday, April 19, 2012

Window Bird House


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:

From: Gardners.com

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.

17 comments:

  1. That is the coolest thing ever! You will have to give us an update if and when you get a nest!

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  2. What a fabulous idea. I can't wait to see the nest - you will update later, won't you? lol Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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    1. I am just as anxious as you are :o) I will definitely post photos when I see birds in it!

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  3. This is so cool! I can't wait to try it!

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  4. What a neat idea! I would love to see a bird up close--can't wait to see if you have any visitors.

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  5. How sweet..looks like your boys like it.. Great Idea..Shari

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  6. Oh my kids would love this... What a great idea.

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  7. Great idea- keep us updated! So glad you linked to Things I've Done Thursday!

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  8. What a cute little bird house. I love the picture of your boys watching it. I found your blog on the Networking Blog Hop. Happy to be a new follower :)

    Shasta @InTheOldRoad
    http://intheoldroad.blogspot.com/

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  9. what a fun project! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  10. Super cute!! I love that it's at the window so the kids can look at it on a daily basis :) Thanks for linking up to Sharing Saturday.

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  11. What a fun craft project...the picture of them looking out the window and waiting is just priceless!! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  12. Thank you for sharing this on my Linky Party :) You are being featured this week, so please come by and pick up your badge!
    Paula

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  13. Really great project! My girls would love this - and I could actually DO it I think. (I'm still trying to overcome my timidity in the craft store) :)

    Did you get a new blog design lately? Looks awesome!

    Thanks for sharing at Drab to Fab last week.

    Below is the link for today's party! Come on back and link up some more of your posts (old or new)

    http://www.amynjesse.com/2012/04/drab-to-fab-link-party-14.html


    Have a lovely weekend :)


    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

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  14. Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/04/show-your-stuff-21-sloppy-dave-recipe.html

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  15. Did birds ever build a nest in this?

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