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You can’t see different kinds of birds flying around in front of your house unless, you have a birdhouse, feeder, and bath. We only have the bird feeder and bath at first, but we don’t have a birdhouse yet.
Thanks to the Great Gardener. Because of his many empty Folgerscoffee cans, I came up with this great project that will really benefit many small birds flying around in our country living.
THE HUNGRY BIRDS
I was inspired to make a birdhouse because of them.
The Mama Bird had no place to lay her eggs, except in my flower basket. It's just so wonderful to see many kinds of beautiful birds of different
colors. I was really very lucky for being able to capture this amazing picture of the Hungry Birds. I already featured a video on Mrs. Jelly Beans' sticky notes about
these birds. You can watch it again at the end of this tutorial. This picture was also featured in our daily newspaper as "Reader Photo of the Day."
Reader Photo of the Day (a)
The Hungry Birds
Reader Photo of the Day (b)
*COFFEE CAN BIRDHOUSE
(2) empty Folgers’ coffee container 27.8 oz (big)
(1) piece plastic placemat
many 7-inch dried,
few 2 ½- inch dried, straight sticks (attached above opening
and below the perch)
few 3- inch dried,
straight sticks (attached below opening)
many brown mulch
glue gun and many glue sticks
portable drill with
1/16,5/16, and 1 ¼ drill bits pipe (7 feet) round-shaped wood (size of coffee can)
Level of Difficulty - Intermediate
Cleaning the Coffee
Wash the container with soap andrinse thoroughly with warm water.Fill up the container with water.Put 4 tablespoons of baking soda into the
container to remove the smell of the coffee.Let it stand overnight.Wash
again with soap and rinse thoroughly with warm water.Check if there is still the smell of
coffee.If there is, follow the same
procedure again as previously mentioned.
Choosing and Cutting the Sticks
Choose dried, straight sticks from the falling limbs
of a tree.Cut them 7 inches long with a
manual saw.If the sticks are big, you
can cut them into half. In this project,
I used all the small sticks, so I don’t need to cut them into half anymore.
Making an Opening
The area showing “FOLGERS”embedded on the container is where you are going
to make an opening for the birdhouse.Save the whole square plastic as you run the knife along the indented
lines. Write “Home Sweet Home” on the
square plastic and then set aside.
Drill 3 small holes on the sides of container and 5
holes on the bottom using 1/16 drill bit.Drill 3 holes on the center of
the cap and 1 hole on the center of the
opening using 5/16 drill bit.These
holes will provide good air circulation to keep moisture from building up inside the birdhouse.
Inserting a Perch
Inserting Sticks on the Cap
Insert one 7-inch stick into the
hole as a perch.It will be glued later
after all the dried sticks are glued on the sides around the container.Insert one 7-inch stick on each hole on the cap.
Attaching the Dried Sticks
Tie the 3 sticks on the cap with
chicken wire to hold them. With a warm glue gun on hand, glue the 3 sticks on
the cap and fill up the gaps, too.Attach
one7-inch stick at a time on the side
of the container. Attach other sticks
around the container until you reach the opening. Attach the 2 ½ -inch sticks above the opening
until you fill up the whole area.Attach
one 2 ½- inch stick also below the perch.Attach the 3-inch sticks below the opening until you fill up the whole area.
Attach onequarter of an inch stick on top of the perch
to cover the space. Apply glue on gaps
or between sticks that need to be filled up. Apply also glue around the cap to
strengthen the hold of the dried sticks to the cap.
Making of a Roof
To use a compass, set the pointer
at 5 ½ measurement to draw 11 x 11 inch round-shaped roof on a plastic placemat. Find the radius of
the circle with the use of a ruler. Draw a line and cut through the line up to
the center only.Bring both ends
together to close the cut, punch a hole, and tie it with a yarn to hold the
Applying Glue on the Roof
Apply Super Glue onthe inside and outside areas of both cut sides
of the plastic roof.With warm glue gun
on hand, apply glue again on the same areas to strengthen the hold of the shape
of the roof. Apply more glue on top of the 3
dried sticks on the cap and then quickly attach the roof on top. Hold for a while to let the glue stick to the
roof.Put the plastic roof upside
down on another empty coffee container for support.Put the container upside down on top of the plastic
roof.With warm glue gun again, apply
glue around the plastic roof attaching itself to the container.
Choosing and Applying the Mulch
Spread out some mulch on top of
the newspaper on the table.Choose
almost the same size of every mulch that can be glued on the plastic roof, if
possible.Start attaching the mulch
around the lower end of the plastic roof.Glue each much as closely as
possible to cover the plastic roof around until you reach the top level.Glue the signboard, “Home Sweet Home,” below
Making a Birdhouse Stand
I need to ask my husband to do this for me. Cut a pipe measuring 7 feet and stick it on the ground.Make a round-shape wood and drill a hole in
the center using 1 ¼ wood drill bit. Insert the center of the wood into the pipe
and glue it with JB weld. Arrange the birdhouse on top of the wood and apply
silicon sealer around it. Insert some hay inside.
Coffee Can Birdhouse (b)
Now, I'm proud to present to you, my Coffee Can Birdhouse. Today is an open house. All small birds only are welcome (-.-) Sorry big birds (^_^) the coffee can is just small. It’s ready for occupancy, 24/7, free board, lodging, and bath - ha ha ha ha.
Birds Taking a Bath
It takes some time to take a video of live animals. The serenity of the environment and sound produced by these birds is a music to anyone's ears. I was just standing near our glass door and took an opportunity to take a video of these different kinds of birds while taking a bath in our birdbath and feeding, as well.
*This project was featured as Cheep Coffee Can Birdhouse on Favecrafts. As a craft designer, I was featured as #2 in their What's Hot list. Please note this ranking is not permanent. Thank you to all viewers (-.-)