Homemade Wooden Bird House Ideas
Whether you are building a birdhouse from scratch or painting a pre-made store bought birdhouse, these make great Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gifts.
Building a birdhouse from scratch can be very satisfying for kids. Their creativity can expand as they design it and create the templates for cutting the wood. Just remember that any power tools being used do need adult supervision. And here are a few websites that have several different styles of birdhouses that are easy to make. Check them out and find the design your child(ren) want to make.
The pre-made designs available in stores are still great activities for kids, especially if there is no access to the power tools needed to cut the wood. They can still add their own personality to these when they use any combination of their favourite colours as they paint them. Order your pre-made house and any paint supplies from your favourite local art supply store or Michaels website.
And don’t forget the Bird Seed Mix. You can find bird seed mix at any pet store, in the pet section at most grocery stores or you can make your own from bulk ingredients. All you will need is:
Sunflower Seeds – raw and a mix of in-shell and hulled
Peanuts – non-salted, in shells, crushed, whole
Dried Fruit – raisins, cranberries, apple (torn in smaller pieces), blueberries
The Sunflower seeds and peanuts are the main mix, with the corn and millet about 1/2 of the amount. The dried fruit will only be about 1/8 of the amount of the sunflower seeds.
If you are looking for more feeding ideas, the Farmer’s Almanac has a great reference list of what seeds which bird likes to eat. This way you can “customize” your feed to bring your favourite birds to your birdhouse.