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How To Make a Milk Carton Birdhouse

Watch more Craft Ideas for Kids videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to make a milk carton birdhouse with this step-by-step tutorial from Howcast. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Rinse out carton Rinse out the milk carton thoroughly and let it dry. Step 2: Staple shut Close the carton and staple it shut. It will look like it did when your mom or dad bought it. Step 3: Cover with tape Tear or cut pieces of masking tape that are two or three inches long and stick them all over the carton until you've covered it completely. Tip If you overlap the edges of the tape slightly, you'll cover the carton better. Step 4: Rub shoe polish Dab some shoe polish onto the cloth and rub it all over the tape-covered carton. This will make the house look like it's made out of bark. Let the polish dry. Tip You can also decorate the birdhouse by gluing moss all over it, or excelsior, green stuff that looks a lot like moss that you can buy at a crafts store. Step 5: Make door To make the door, have a grownup cut a circle that's an inch to an inch and a half in diameter about 4 inches above the bottom of the carton. Tip To make a perch inside the birdhouse, poke holes in opposite sides of the carton and stick a twig through it. Step 6: Make holes Make a few holes in the bottom of the carton for drainage and two holes in the top so that the birds can breathe. Warning Ask a grown-up to poke the holes, too. That screwdriver could be sharp. Step 7: String & hang Poke a hole through the very top of the house, where the milk carton forms a peak, and string a piece of twine through it. Tie a knot in the twine, hang the house from a tree, and wait for your new neighbors to move in. Did You Know? Wrens, tree swallows, and bluebirds prefer enclosed birdhouses like this one, while robins like open platforms for nesting.
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