By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.
This year for my mother’s birthday I wanted the girls to make her something special. They have really been having so much fun making things, and they get so proud when they give someone a gift they actually made. Since my mom is a big bird fan and has tons of bird houses, I thought it would be nice to make her a special one.
I wanted it to be a little different, so we made this one into a wind chime in addition to being a birdhouse. My oldest picked out all the colors and decided that the house should be five different colors. I was pretty skeptical and was not sure how it was going to turn out, but I really love it now that it is done! Having the house so many different colors really makes all the decorations on the wind chime part stand out!
I will warn you that there are certain pieces of this project that you will need to help the kids with, but they can do all the painting and some of the tying of knots on the wind chime. I can’t wait for the girls to give this to her in a couple of weeks, I am pretty sure she is going to love it and that my girls will be so excited to give it to her.
- Wood Bird House
- 5 Wooden Stars
- 5 ¾ inch Round Wood Beads
- 5 Jingle Bells
- 5 Cow Bells
- 2 Eyelet Screws
- Staple Gun
- Hemp String (or other strong string)
- Outdoor Craft Paint (in varying colors)
- Paint Brushes
- 5 Nails
Paint the wooden Stars on one side then set aside to dry. When dry flip and paint other side.
Start painting your bird house while the first side of the stars are drying.
We found it much easier to paint the beads when we put them on a nail that way the kids could hold the end of the nail while they painted them.
Paint the wooden beads
Screw your 2 eyelet screws in to the roof of the house (you can do this by hand)
Then tie your hemp string from one end to the other so you can hang your bird house
Use your hammer and nail to put a hole in the top of your stars
String your Stars, beads, jingle bells, and cow bells on to your hemp string.
(we made 5 different strings, and varied where we put each item so none of the strings are the same)
Use your staple gun to staple the hemp strings to the bottom of the bird house
(we put one in the middle then one on each of the four corners)
My Proud Girls with their finished project
Now just hang in your tree and listen to the pretty sounds as the wind blows while you wait for the birds to make it their home!