How to Make a Birdhouse From Bottles for Kids

by Annabelle Lee
Watching birds prepare for and raise their young is a fun and educational experience.

Watching birds prepare for and raise their young is a fun and educational experience.

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Making a birdhouse from a plastic soda or milk bottle is an inexpensive and eco-friendly craft project that is creative enough to satisfy adults and easy enough for even smaller children. A project suited for families or groups, birdhouses allow you to observe, from a distance, the building of the nest, the mama bird caring for her eggs, and then the chicks until they finally leave the nest. Birdhouses provide hours of fun from the construction to the use of the finished project.

Items you will need

  • Plastic bottle, either 2-liter soda or 2-gallon milk
  • Soap
  • Hand drill
  • Thin wire
  • Caulk or duct tape
  • Acrylic paints
  • Sponges
  • Paintbrushes
  • Blunt scissors or knife
  • 5/16-inch dowel
Step 1

Choose the type of plastic bottle you wish to use, either a soda bottle of empty milk container works well. Wash the bottle thoroughly with warm water and soap to remove any dirt or residue. Let dry completely.

Step 2

Drill two small holes on opposite sides of the neck of the bottle with a hand drill for the hanger. If the kids are very small, an adult should perform this task, as well as any including a knife.

Step 3

Thread a length of wire through one hole and out the other. Bring the ends to the top and twist to make a hanger. The length of the wire will vary depending on where you are hanging your birdhouse and how far down it will need to hang. Seal the holes with caulk or duct tape so rain does not get inside.

Step 4

Paint the plastic container with acrylic paints using brushes and sponges. The entire surface needs covered in paint to provide a dark, safe and secure feeling environment for the birds. Use your imagination and make it look like a house or a hut or variety of shapes and designs like leaves, flowers, dinosaurs or geometric shapes. Allow to dry thoroughly between coats.

Step 5

Cut a 3-inch diameter hole approximately 4-inches up from the bottom of the bottle with a pair of blunt scissors or a knife for a door.

Step 6

Use the hand drill to put 5/16-inch holes in the side of the bottle if you wish to add perches. You can add as many perches as you wish, evenly distributing them on opposite sides of the bottle for balance. Push a 3-inch long piece of 5/16-inch dowel in each one of the holes and seal around the opening with caulk or duct tape if necessary.

About the Author

Annabelle Lee has been working in the journalism field since 1990. She was a teacher and yearbook adviser for four years and holds two associate degrees from her local community college where she currently teaches computer classes. Lee also writes for a local newspaper and was a proofreader for McGraw-Hill.

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