What you need:
Large, plastic jug or bottle
Jute twine or something similar
Shredded paper, raffia or something similar
Bird feeders are nice; you get to see a lot of different birds show up in your yard and enjoy a meal. The same goes for a birdbath. It’s fun to watch varieties of birds come and bathe or play in the water. But, if you’d really like to have birds that actually live at your place make a nesting hut for them. A nesting hut serves as a nest – only better – where birds can move in, lay eggs, and raise their young babies. You’ll get to see it all when you make the nesting hut from things you might have around the house.
Use a milk jug, large soda bottle, or something similar to make the bird home. Make sure it’s clean and dry then cut the handle off of it. Now, cut an opening on one side of the jug. This can be a circular shape, a square shape or another design, but should be large enough for the bird to easily fly in and out. Cut the hole about a third of the way up from the bottom of the jug.
Use jute twine, raffia or a similar material to wrap the jug. Check with your local home improvement store for a suitable adhesive that is not only waterproof but also works with plastic. Begin by applying the adhesive to the middle of the bottom of the jug. Go around and around with the twine, gluing it in place, and covering the entire bottom.
Work your way up to do the sides of the jug. Wrap the twine around and around, butting the rows together, and applying enough adhesive to hold the rows in place. Even though there is a hole cut in the jug, take the twine right across the hole, and continue wrapping until you are finished.
When you get to the top of the jug, leave a long tail of twine hanging from the top, then fold it in half. Now, tie it in a knot so that you form a loop for hanging the nesting hut. Or, glue the end of the twine down on the jug and make a different hanger. Bend a piece of wire, for example, and stick the ends into the sides of the jug, near the top, to make a hanger.
After you’ve wrapped the jug take scissors and cut away the twine that covers the hole. Make sure the ends are well-glued to the edges of the opening.
Line the inside of the jug with shredded paper, raffia or similar materials, and hang it in a tree, on a nail or elsewhere. Now a bird, looking for a home, can find one in your yard. Don’t be surprised when you look out to see she has given birth! You can watch the little babies feed, and learn to fly, right from your own backyard!