You may recall in this post that I recently visited the Goodwill on Broughton in Savannah, GA. Well, while I was there, I stumbled upon a sweet little desktop clock that was perfect for a specific project. AND you may recall from this post that I’ve got a yen for creating more wildlife habitat options in our backyard. Well, my friends, the time has come to finally transform the clock into its new purpose in life- a birdhouse!
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First things first: I had to de-construct what I could, which included removing the clock apparatus and the back panel…easy stuff.
Once the clock was removed, I realized the entry/exit hole was too big for a birdhouse. I appreciated the roundness of it, but it was big enough to let predators in and an awful lot of weather/cold air, so Jon made a “reducer” out of basswood. (Note- we made this before we had assembled a full workshop and tools, so Jon had to do this carefully by hand with a small saw. In retrospect, a jigsaw or a hole saw set would have been MUCH more preferable.)
I painted the new hole, glued it to the inside of the house, effectively creating a smaller front door, and then brushed the entire exterior with water sealant. It IS going outside, afterall.
Once the sealant had completely dried, I needed to “build up” the nest area. Birds like to enter a birdhouse and effectively hop right into their nest. So I used some old wine corks (ya’ll know I have tons of those) to fill up the bottom of the clock. I then re-attached the back panel and brushed it with water sealant. I also added a large screw-in eye to the very top (secured with a nut inside) for hanging purposes.
I was then ready to hang it up! It’s on one of our back maples and faces right into our bedroom window- so I hope to see birds using it soon.
Crafters make birdhouses out of all sorts of things: old leather boots, ceramic teapots, aluminum canisters, you name it. I’m totally going to make more bird houses- the more “places to raise young” options, the better, right? Let’s hope the birds think so, too!