DIY bird-house with recycled materials

DIY bird-house with recycled material is not just a craft activity, it is a lesson in kindness for kids. Summer time is all about spending time with family, doing Summer activities that are fun, refreshing and new. We may explore a new water-park, experience a new country and culture or just go outdoors and be one with nature. I love doing all these and more with my twins. But being on a picnic can also mean taking your own food and drinks. And on one such outing, my twin refused to throw the Tetra Pak Juice carton in the dustbin. He wanted to turn it into a bird-house. And he did.

                                         

At three, he was too young to understand that a Tetra Pak carton would indeed make a great shelter because it is waterproof. Are you surprised? I was too.  With it’s six layer packaging, Tetra Pak protects our food and drinks from air, sunlight and any other contamination (Google it). It is completely recyclable and so can even make great eco-friendly bird-house.

Here is a video demonstration of the same.



Age: 8+
You will need: Empty Tetra Pak cartons (13-14), scissors, tape

Steps:

1. Take empty Tetra Pak Cartons and cut them open and lay them flat.

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2. Glue two of the flattened cartons together to make the structure stronger. You can stick them together with tape.

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3. Now place two cartons flat side-by-side and tape them together firmly to make the base of the house. Place four flat cartons on this base as walls to the house and then stick these together, one by one.

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4. Place one wall on the base sheet and glue it well. Turn it around and make two more walls. Seal the edges with tape so there is no place for water to seep in.

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                                             DIY bird-house with recycled material

5. Now cover the structure with flat cartons. Make sure you fold the carton at the edges to give a double layering at the ends to ensure water-proofing. Place one more carton to cover the entire box.

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                                        DIY bird-house with recycled material

6. For the front of the bird house take a single flat Tetra Pak, and cut a hole in it. Smaller one for a bird. You can also make this for your kitten or your puppy. All you need to do is increase the size of the doorway.

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7. Your water-proof Tetra Pak Bird House is ready. Place it in your balcony or simply fit it on a branch of a tree. When you hear the birds chirping closer home, you can be sure they are thanking you.

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Handy Tips: Rinse all the recycled cartons out and let them dry. I used empty milk cartons because of the size of the bird house, if you’re making something smaller then go with the smaller juice boxes.

              DIY bird-house with recycled material

Benefits: Look around, the trees are dwindling and the birds are literally entering our homes for shelter. This activity is a perfect way to talk to kids about the Earth and the impact of recycling on our planet. It also teaches kids that they have a responsibility towards birds and animals too and the importance of kindness to our fellow animals. This environment friendly craft of making something so useful from used materials teaches our kids about creativity, potential and the power of ideas. Developing motor-skills like hand-eye coordination is another positive side effect.

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Comments (9)

Abhinav Singh Posted on Apr 18, 2019

Wow. This is such a good idea to give shelter to the birds with waste material.

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High On Gloss Posted on Apr 18, 2019

I love undertaking small and quick DIY projects with my son. This way we can spend nice time while enhancing his creativity. Thanks for sharing this DIY

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Rituka Negi Bisht Posted on Apr 17, 2019

Wow this is such an amazing DIY, I can never thought of making something like this with empty tetra packs. \r\nPlus its such a beautiful Idea to make a house for birds. Keeping going and coming with such interesting ideas

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Gunjan Posted on Apr 17, 2019

This is a great idea. I will soon try a smaller version with my son

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Jhilmil D Saha Posted on Apr 17, 2019

Never really thought of such creative ideas before. I have so many cartons lying and now I know what to do with those.

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Mrinal Posted on Apr 17, 2019

I loved this idea! Kids are going to love this! I used to make Raths for Rath Yatra using the cardboard from old hard bound notebooks! It was fun!

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Noor Anand Posted on Apr 17, 2019

What an innovative method of creating a bird-house! We can be in touch with nature and also recycle old materials in the house!

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Snehal Posted on Apr 17, 2019

DIY bird-house sounds like one fun craft summer activity to keep kids busy. I will be making this with my lil cousin. :)

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