Want to make a cozy home for all those birds hopping around your backyard? It's easy to craft your own country house from a gourd and invite a 'tweet' little family to move in! We love how these look hanging from a tree or even on a shepherd's hook.
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This idea can be found in our book Celebrate the Seasons.
Dried gourd, 8" or larger
Warm, soapy water
Sharp knife, fine-toothed
craft saw or drill
Raffia or ribbon
Paint, if desired
Wash gourd in soapy water to remove dirt and mold; let dry. Using a knife, saw or drill, cut a hole in the gourd's side 1" to 1-1/2" in diameter. The size of the hole will determine which birds will "rent" your house. Remove seeds and any remaining pulp and clean inside with soapy water. Cut or drill a few holes in the bottom for drainage. Add another pair of holes near the top of the gourd; thread ribbon or raffia through to hang your new birdhouse. Paint a few pretty flowers around the door or just leave plain...the birds will love it!
Want to make this birdhouse but don't want to dry your own gourd?
Check local craft stores, nurseries or order online...they don't cost much!
Click here to order your pre-cleaned and dried gourd from Amish Gourds, crafted in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
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