How to Build a Bird House With Popsicle Sticks

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Kim Blakesley

    About the Author

    Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."

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    Popsicle sticks are an interesting item for children to use to build and create boxes, frames, birdhouses and other projects. A generic name for the Popsicle stick is a craft stick. Craft sticks can be purchased in boxes of 100 or more at local hobby and craft stores. Popsicle/craft sticks can be glued, painted, and drawn on with colors or markers. They are easy to cut with an adult pair of scissors, a sharp knife or a utility knife.

    Things You'll Need

    • Popsicle/craft sticks
    • Glue
    • Scissors
    • Fishing line
    • Acrylic paint
    • Paint brush
    • Paper plate
    • Water
    • Water container
    • Paper towel
    • Newspaper
    • Hot glue gun
    • Hot glue sticks

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    Instructions

    Place the newspaper down on the table. Lay a row of Popsicle/craft sticks together side by side until they form a square. Squeeze a line of glue on one side of a craft stick. Place it glue side down half-an-inch from the top of the square so it lays opposite of the other craft sticks. Squeeze a line of glue on a second craft stick. Place it glue side down half-an-inch from the bottom of the square so it lays opposite of the other craft sticks. Repeat the process for four more panels. Let dry completely before assembling.

    Lay a row of Popsicle sticks together side by side until they form a square for the back panel. Squeeze a line of glue on one side of a craft stick. Place it glue side down 1 inch from the top of the square so it lays opposite of the other craft sticks. Squeeze a line of glue on a second craft stick. Place it glue side down half-an-inch from the bottom of the square so it lays opposite of the other craft sticks.

    Lay a row of Popsicle sticks together side by side until they form a square to be used for the front panel. Count the number of sticks and remove the three middle sticks. Cut off 1 inch of each stick. Replace the sticks in the center of the square making sure to match the uncut ends with the edge of the square. Let dry completely before assembling.

    Squeeze a line of glue on one side of a craft stick. Place it glue side down 1 inch from the top of the square so it lays opposite of the other craft sticks. Squeeze a line of glue on a second craft stick. Place it glue side down just above the door opening so it lays opposite of the other craft sticks. Let dry completely before assembling.

    Cut a Popsicle stick in half. Squeeze glue and place it on the first inch of one side of the stick. Place the stick in the center of the front panel with the door and the panel that had the top stick glued one inch from the top. The end of the stick will extend up past the top of the panel to be used as a brace for the roof.

    Glue the Popsicle stick birdhouse together using a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks. Place the bottom of the birdhouse on the newspaper. Hold the side and the back (with the brace for the roof) of the birdhouse together with one hand. Place a line of hot glue along the bottom of each panel and up the corner edge. Hold until the glue has set. Secure the other side and front in the same manner.

    Turn the roof panels so the Popsicle sticks used to secure the panels together are on the inside and facing toward the front and the back of the birdhouse. Place a line of hot glue along the top edge of the sides of the birdhouse. Set one roof panel on the top of the birdhouse using the front and back support stick to form the peak. Do the same with the other roof panel.

    Cut a piece of fishing line 24 inches long. Place the fishing line in one of the peaks and out the other. Tie a knot in the end to secure for hanging.

    Fill in the peak with cut Popsicle sticks by gluing them to the peak support and the Popsicle sticks used to secure the roof panels together. Make sure to keep the fishing line above each added Popsicle stick so it is directly under the roof when completed. Set aside until completely dry. Paint the Popsicle stick birdhouse with acrylic paint. Add any decorations desired at this time.

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