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Bird House


birdhouseYour troop can use twigs and recycled milk cartons to create birdhouses.

You need:

  • Empty, Clean 1/2 Gallon Milk Carton
  • Black, Brown or Grey Paint
  • Lots of Twigs
  • Low Temp Glue Gun or Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • String or Fishing Line


Measure and mark 3″ from the bottom all around an empty milk carton. Cut into 2 pieces. Saving both the top and the bottom.

Cut a 2″ circle in the middle front of the top piece.  Cut the bottom piece down to 1″ high. Put some glue on all four sides of the bottom piece on the outside. Push the bottom piece into the bottom of the top piece, making a new base for the milk carton. Glue pour spout closed. Paint the outside of the milk carton in a dark color. This will help the spaces you will have between the sticks blend in. Set aside to dry.

Gather lots of thin, straight sticks. Thicker sticks will go faster but you may need a hand saw or pruning shears to cut sticks to size. Thinner sticks, as shown above, can be broken to size.

Poke a hole through the middle of the top ridge. Push string or line through the hole to hang the bird house.

Break or cut sticks to cover the bottom and all sides working around the hole cut in the center front. Glue them into place. Glue a small stick under the hole for a perch.

Cut or break sticks for the roof. Glue into place. Glue stick to cover the top ridge.

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