By Kid’s Craft Contributor, Gillian from the blog “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.
I’m not sure why, but my kids have a thing about cuckoo clocks. They really like them. REALLY like them. And they have been asking for one for ages. While I love them to bits, I’m not about to deal with a real cuckoo clock singing it’s little heart out all day while I’m at home working and they are at school, so we’ve compromised and agreed that a pretend cuckoo clock will do until they have a house of their own. And since we couldn’t find a pretend cuckoo clock, we decided to make one!
- Unfinished wooded birdhouse or birdhouse kit (assembled)
- Dark brown wood stain
- Foam brushes
- Craft Sticks
- Red craft paint
- Small bird figurine
- Craft glue
- Craft knife
- Heavy cording or small link chain
- Two small decorative beads
1. Begin by staining the entire birdhouse and the finials or beads. Allow the stain to set for at least 24 hours before handling.
2. In the meantime, paint the craft sticks with two coats of red paint and cut 1 inch off each end. Keep all the rounded end pieces and two of the straight edged pieces.
3. Attach the craft sticks in layers along the roof to create shingles, starting with the bottom edge and moving up. Touch up any paint as needed.
4. Insert the bird into the opening and glue into place. Attach the two flat edged pieces of tongue depressor to either side to create “doors”
5. Cut a circle out of cardstock and punch a hole in the center. Draw on numbers and hands and slip over the post of the birdhouse. Glue into place.
6. Glue the beads to either end of the cording or chain and hang, slightly uncentered, from the bottom.
7. Hang on the wall and enjoy the fact that you have a cuckoo-less cuckoo clock!