Make recycled toilet paper roll birdhouse crafts with your children for your Easter tree or as an easy spring craft project. (This birdhouse ornament craft can also be made for the Christmas tree.)
Here’s a recycled toilet paper roll or tube birdhouse craft idea for kids and adults that also can be made into birdhouse ornaments for the Easter tree or Christmas tree. You will love this simple recycled toilet paper roll birdhouse craft if you enjoy turning trash into a treasure. Collect a few recycled cardboard toilet rolls and cereal boxes to make this cute birdhouse craft. Or make toilet paper roll shamrock crafts.
This recycled birdhouse ornament craft looks lovely hanging on an Easter tree (or Christmas tree). And would also make a fun spring garland. Making recycled birdhouses would also be fun for Earth day and a great complement to a bird study unit for Homeschoolers.
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Birdhouse Ornament Craft
This toilet paper roll birdhouse craft is a fun and easy recycled craft idea for kids and adults alike. Older children will be able to make toilet paper roll birdhouse crafts and ornaments on their own from start to finish. But toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners might need a little assistance from a parent, caregiver, or teacher to complete this birdhouse craft. You might also enjoy this list of DIY Easter ornament craft ideas.
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Birdhouse Craft Materials
- Recycled toilet paper rolls or tubes
- Thin recycled cardboard boxes (cereal, crackers, bars, etc.)
- Glue dots or a glue gun and glue sticks
- Acrylic paint (covers cardboard better than tempera paint)
- Yarn or embroidery thread
- 1/2″ Circle Hole Punch or single hole punch
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Toilet Paper Roll Birdhouse Craft Step-by-Step Directions
This simple birdhouse craft is made with recycled toilet paper roll tubes and a recycled cardboard box. Follow the easy step-by-step tutorial below to make this easy birdhouse ornament craft. You might also enjoy making Toilet Paper Roll Shamrock Necklaces.
1. Cut toilet paper rolls.
- Cut toilet paper rolls in half.
- We used three toilet paper tubes to make the six birdhouses shown in the photographs.
2. Use a hole punch to make the birdhouse door.
- Use a 1/2-inch circle hole punch to make a hole toward the bottom of each half of the toilet paper roll.
- Punch the hole about 1/2 inch from one side of each cardboard tube.
- Alternatively, you can use a single hole punch multiple times to make a hole that is approximately 1/2 inch.
3. Make the birdhouse roof out of a thin cardboard box.
- Find a thin cardboard box to make a roof for each birdhouse craft.
- Look for a cracker box, granola bar box, or cereal box in your recycle bin, big enough to create cardboard circles that are 5 inches in diameter.
How to make a birdhouse roof from a cardboard box:
- Cut the thin cardboard box open.
- On the inside of the recycled cardboard box, use a compass (or trace a circular object) to create circles approximately 5 inches in diameter.
- Cut each cardboard circle in half.
- Each 1/2 circle will create one roof for a birdhouse.
- Look at the photo tutorial below.
4. Paint the recycled cardboard tubes and half circles.
- Protect the surface you will work on, and have children put an art smock or apron on. To protect our craft table, we secure white poster board to the surface with painter’s tape. (Once we finish each craft project, we use the painter’s tape to attach the poster board to the wall and reuse it repeatedly until it is full of paint and glue.)
- Invite children to use acrylic paint and a paintbrush to paint the toilet paper roll tubes and half circles the colors of their choice.
- My 3-year-old daughter used six acrylic paint colors. She painted one house (1/2 tube) and one roof (1/2 circle) in each color.
- Allow the paint to dry before moving on to the next step.
5. Cut Sections of Yarn or Embroidery Thread (optional).
- Skip this step if you do not wish to turn your birdhouse craft into ornaments.
- Cut 4 to 6-inch sections of yarn or embroidery thread. You will need one section for each birdhouse ornament craft.
- Tie the ends together to make small loops, as shown in the photograph below.
6. Attach the hanger to the roof for each birdhouse craft.
- Skip this step if you are not making birdhouse ornament crafts.
- Roll each half circle into a triangular cone to make the roof for each birdhouse craft. But do not glue your birdhouses just yet.
- Allow the recycled cardboard cone to unroll, and use glue dots or a glue gun with glue sticks to place a dab in the middle of the roof, as shown in the photographs below.
- Place the yarn loop knot into the glue with the loop extending out of the top if you want to turn them into Easter ornaments, or glue the roof without the hanger if you are not making toilet paper tube birdhouse ornaments.
7. Glue the Birdhouse Roof together.
- Roll the half circle into a roof shape again.
- Place a few glue dots, or use a glue gun to place a line of glue about 1/4 inch from the edge of the half circle.
- Fold the birdhouse’s roof together and press to glue the birdhouse roof together, as shown in the photograph below.
8. Glue each birdhouse roof onto each recycled toilet roll half to finish the birdhouse craft.
- Place a few glue dots, or use a glue gun to place a line of glue about 1/4 inch from the inside edge of the roof.
- Put the toilet paper roll half into the glue on the inside edge of the roof to finish each birdhouse craft, as shown in the photographs below.
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Easy Birdhouse Toilet Paper Roll Craft
My daughter and I had a wonderful time making this upcycled birdhouse ornament craft together, and we hope you do too.
These recycled birdhouse ornaments are wonderful for decorating Easter trees and Christmas Trees! Toilet roll birdhouses would also make lovely DIY home decor as a spring garland.
You may also enjoy these Easter ornament crafts and this collection of fun spring activities for kids and adults.
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