Feedback
Download article as a pdf.

Habitat 17 - One for the birds


Make a birdhouse project for kids

Make a birdhouse project for kids

› Download article as a pdf   › Return to Habitat 17

Habitat 17 - One for the birds


Make an easy birdhouse with a couple of containers and a lick of paint!

You will need:

  • Resene testpots in Resene Hi Jinx, Resene Rocket, Resene Bright Spark, Resene Kermit, Resene Dizzy Lizzy and Resene Neva
  • Two large plastic containers. We used an old cleaner bottle because it’s a good shape (a two-litre oil bottle would be good too) and a milk container
    because it’s light-weight and easy to cut.
  • Drinking glass that’s 6-7cm across to draw round
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Electric drill
  • 30cm length of 9mm dowel
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1m of nylon rope
  • Felt pen
    NB: Wash out the containers thoroughly and allow to dry before you start!

Step 1
Take the cleaner or oil bottle and place the handle side facing away from you, then draw a circle around the dowel, about 5cm from the bottom of the container. Draw another circle opposite it on the other side. Take the glass, place it about 3cm up from the first circle, then draw round it to make the cutting guide for the entry hole.

Step 2
Ask an adult to use the electric drill to make holes for the dowel, and in the centre of the bigger circle. Drill three or four drainage holes in the base of the container. To make the large hole, cut out to the drawn line in wedge shapes to make it easier to cut round the circle.

Step 3
Paint the lower half of the container with Resene Dizzy Lizzy, and once that’s dry, paint some streaks in Resene Neva. Paint one half of the dowel in Resene Kermit, let it dry, then paint the other half.

Step 4
Take the milk container, and cut down either side of the handle starting at the top. Cut the bottom off. Cut into horizontal strips about 3-4cm wide starting from the lower edge. You should get five strips from the lower part of the container then another couple from the top part. Fringe all the strips with the scissors, leaving 1cm along the top of each strip for gluing.

Step 5
Paint the fringed strips using a mix of colours – Resene Hi Jinx, Resene Rocket, Resene Bright Spark and Resene Neva. Allow to dry thoroughly.

Step 6
Carefully glue the fringed strips around the top of the container with a hot glue gun, starting above where the green paint ends. Cover the glued edge with the next layer of fringing, until you reach the top.

Step 7
Paint the handle area in Resene Dizzy Lizzy, then insert the dowel through the smaller holes so there’s the same amount poking out on each side. Loop the handle through and hang it up in a tree!

 
 
 

Search Habitat Magazine Stories

 
Want to get your own free copy of future issues of Habitat?

If you have an idea, project or story that you think would suit Habitat, we’d love to hear from you. Please drop us an email with your details and include photos if submitting a project.

› Return to Habitat 17

Resene Paints Ltd

Resene Paints Ltd   – www.resene.com

We would love to hear from you if you wish to use Resene's images, information and ideas for social medial, blogs, newsletters and other media use. Please email update@resene.co.nz and let us know what you need, what it is for and how Resene will be acknowledged as the source of the content. We are happy to assist with most requests.

Our vision is to be respected as an ethical and sustainable company and acknowledged as the leading provider of innovative paint and colour technology. View Resene’s profile and Environmental Policy.

Any personal data, such as name, address, phone, email details, supplied to Resene for the purposes of receiving newsletters, orders etc will be retained by Resene Paints Ltd and used only by Resene Paints Ltd and its trusted agencies for the purposes of communication/promotion/providing service to you. We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal data to outside third parties.. If you wish to opt out of communication from Resene please complete our contact us form. View our full Privacy Policy.

Colours shown on this website are a representation only. Please refer to the actual paint or product sample. Resene colour charts, testpots and samples are available for ordering online.   See measurements/conversions for more details on how electronic colour values are achieved.

View Videos