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How to Make a Soda Bottle/Cd Birdhouse

 How to Make a Soda Bottle/Cd Birdhouse

 How to Make a Soda Bottle/Cd Birdhouse

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Creating a birdhouse from a plastic bottle is a fun and environmentally friendly project that transforms everyday materials into a cozy home for your feathered friends. Follow this step-by-step guide to make your own charming birdhouse.

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic bottle (2-liter size, label removed)
  • Sharpie marking pen
  • Circle template (for 1-¾” circle)
  • Drill with ¼” & 1/16” drill bit
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Craft knife
  • Dowel stick (3” x ¼”)
  • Acrylic paint (brown, light brown, black, moss green, ivory)
  • Cosmetic sponge (for applying paint)
  • Brush (fine line for window detail)
  • Plastic for stencil (opaque shrink plastic recommended)
  • Repositionable adhesive for stenciling
  • CD’s
  • Heat gun
  • Scissors
  • 18-gauge wire (6” piece)
  • String (for hanging birdhouse)
  • Glue
  • Wax paper
  • Masking tape
  • Sealer finish (for outdoor protection)

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the Bottle:
    • Clean the plastic bottle thoroughly and remove any labels.
    • Use a Sharpie marking pen and a circle template to draw a 1-¾” circle on the side of the bottle. This will be the entry hole for the birds.
  2. Cut the Entry Hole:
    • Carefully cut out the marked circle using a craft knife. Be cautious to avoid cutting yourself.
  3. Drill Holes:
    • Drill a ¼” hole about 1” below the entry hole for the dowel stick perch.
    • Drill several 1/16” holes in the bottom of the bottle for drainage.
  4. Insert the Perch:
    • Cut the dowel stick to a 3” length.
    • Insert the dowel into the ¼” hole to create a perch.
  5. Create Ventilation:
    • Drill a few 1/16” holes near the top of the bottle to provide ventilation.
  6. Decorate the Birdhouse:
    • Apply acrylic paint to the bottle using a cosmetic sponge for the base coat. Paint the background in brown and light brown.
    • Use the plastic stencil and repositionable adhesive to apply designs with moss green, black, and ivory paints.
    • Add fine details like window trims using a fine line brush.
  7. Craft the Roof:
    • Cut CDs into small pieces using scissors. Be careful as the pieces can be sharp.
    • Use a heat gun to slightly bend the pieces for a more natural roof shape.
    • Attach the CD pieces to the top of the bottle with glue, creating a shiny, weather-resistant roof.
  8. Assemble the Hanging Mechanism:
    • Use needle nose pliers to twist the 18-gauge wire into a small loop.
    • Glue the wire to the top of the bottle for hanging.
    • Attach a piece of string to the wire loop.
  9. Apply Sealer:
    • Once all the paint is dry, apply a sealer finish to protect your birdhouse from the elements. Lay the birdhouse on wax paper while the sealer dries to prevent sticking.
  10. Hang Your Birdhouse:
    • Find a suitable spot in your yard or garden to hang your birdhouse, preferably in a location that is safe from predators and has some shade.

Conclusion

This birdhouse project is not only a great way to recycle a plastic bottle but also provides a cozy home for birds in your garden. By following these steps, you can create a durable and attractive birdhouse that birds will love. Enjoy your new birdwatching opportunity!

 

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