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Bug House from Bird Feeder Tutorial

April 2, 2010

I know a little girl who adores bugs more than any reasonable person should.  Since she doesn’t live in *my* house, I have no problem encouraging her passion.  She’s going to be a big sister soon, so a Go Out And Play gift is in order.  I made her a bug house.  I love that it didn’t require any woodworking  (sorry, dear Woodworking Guru father of mine).  Here’s how you can do it, too.

You will need:  unfinished wood bird feeder, fine sandpaper, paint, brushes, aluminum window screening, scissors, hot glue gun

1. Find a cheap ($5) unfinished bird feeder at your local craft store.


2.  Untie the handle and save.  Remove plastic “windows” and discard.


3.  Sand with fine sandpaper.

4.  Paint!

If you want to add text, print out your words from the computer in a fancy font at a large size, cut them out, and lightly tape the words to the wood.  Go around the outline of the letters with a pen to indent the wood – lines will be lightly visible.  Paint with a small brush and outline with a fine-tipped permanent marker.


5.  Cut 2 pieces of aluminum window screening slightly larger than the 2 windows of the bug house.  Fold each side over twice to fit sides of bug house and to cover sharp edges.  I folded along the edge of a ruler to get a crisp edge.  Leave the second fold at a 90 degree angle where it will be glued to the wood.


6.  Use a hot glue gun to attach the screen to the bug house on each side.


7.  Reattach rope handle and fill with bugs!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Courtney permalink
    April 7, 2010 8:17 pm

    She is going to adore this! And it will make the perfect travel cage for her pet hissing cockroach 🙂 I am going to spend the next six months telling her that she must bring her cockroach on the family’s next trip to England. Her mom will love me for it.


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