Recycle Wine Corks to Make a Birdhouse
Birds won't whine when they move into this house!
You can make this wine cork birdhouse in less than a day!
My friend Toni (shown here with her completed wine cork birdhouse) made this craft in less than one day. Toni and I were members of a craft group sponsored by our church. We met once a month to connect and create. This small group gathered together in the dead of winter to recycle wine corks to make birdhouses for the return of our feathered friends in the springtime. Of course, this wine cork craft can be done anytime of the year--if you have enough corks saved!
The First step in making this birdhouse: watching a video on YouTube (see it below) and figured out how to put the corks together using LOTS of hot glue. The friendship group just sort of "winged" it and got creative to come up with a usable house for our feathered friends.
Thanks Toni for allowing me to use your photos! Click her name to go to her website (will open in a new tab).
Supplies needed for building a birdhouse from wine corks: - I have not made one yet, so this is an estimate!
By looking at the photos that my friend Toni made, I am guessing that she used at least 132 wine corks in her bird house. If you need to add to your stash of corks to recycle, order some from Amazon from the link above. Bags of Corks are cheaper than most wines--at least the ones I buy. It has taken me years to save up corks. If you drink one bottle of wine a week, it will take you 2.5 years to save up 132 corks. If the math is wrong, please excuse me as I am numerically challenged. (Too many bottles of wine?)
- Hot Temp Glue Gun
- Bag of Hot Temp Glue Sticks for the glue gun
- Wine corks; 130-200!
- Sharp knife
You absolutely must have a hot glue gun to make a wine cork birdhouse! - Well, wine corks are necessary, too.
Hot Temperature Glue works best for this craft if you are going to put it outdoors. Toni said that she burned her fingers while making her birdhouse, so I recommended that she gets the finger protectors if she is going to keep on making stuff with a high temp glue gun.
Glue guns are not very complicated and once you own one, it could last forever. The one shown below is very similar to the one I purchased many, many years ago. I consider my glue gun one of the best craft investments I have ever made.
Video: how to make a wine cork bird house: - Get the gist of birdhouse design.
This is the video that my friends watched before they attempted to design their own bird houses. I guess that it took at least 180-200 corks to make this house.
What I learned from this video:
Be a "free bird" and eyeball your design for the birdhouse.
Use lots of glue to make the bird house strong.
Easy to follow DIY video for making a wine cork birdhouse:
Use LOTS of high temp hot glue!
Use Lots of glue to reinforce the floor and roof of the birdhouse!
After assembling the floor and roof, use glue between the rows of corks to give the birdhouse strength.
Foundations of a wine cork birdhouse: - Thank you Toni Bird (yes, her real name!) for the photo.
Enjoy watching a bird family live in your wine cork birdhouse:
Do you like to provide a habitat for the birds who come to your yard? Just imagine sitting on your porch, patio or deck drinking a glass of your favorite wine and seeing the beautiful birds making a home. You can enjoy the birds building a nest, laying their eggs and urging the babies to fly away from home.
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