Tissue Box Cover Bird House

Tissue Box Cover Bird House

This wooden tissue box cover is one of the last things I snapped up at a favorite thrift store before it closed. And yes, I’m still a little pouty that the shop is gone because it was SO close to home and provided me SO many projects. But, anyway- I liked the solid construction of the tissue box cover but didn’t have a project in mind. On a whim, I challenged my Facebook page pals to give me ideas on what to do. There were several suggestions, but my favorite came from my friend, Clair (who hosts Blues Moon Radio), who suggested a bird house.

Wooden tissue box cover at the thrift store to be upcycled into a DIY bird house by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Thrifting without a plan!

And that was all I needed as motivation- I’d somehow manhandle this tissue box cover into a bird house. Maybe a funny looking one, but I loved the idea of it nonetheless. This post contains affiliate links for  your crafting convenience.

First things first, I disassembled what I could by removing back panel and then the plastic liner that was inside.

Prepping a thrift store tissue box cover for upcycling and repurposing by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

All the components…

After tossing the plastic in the recycling bin, I then needed to create a smaller bird house “entrance”; the existing oval-shaped hole for facial tissues was way too big for a birdhouse. If you remember this project, I discussed the smallest recommended hole size (per Audubon) for wrens and chickadees (which always nest in our yard).

So, just like before, we used a hole cutting bit on a square of thin plywood, that I then glued to the inside of the tissue box cover, clamping down overnight. This will result in the perfect size bird house entrance for our smallest nesting birds.

Creating a smaller entrance hole with hole drill kit to upcycle tissue box cover into bird house by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The correct size hole for wrens and chickadees!

Creating a smaller entrance hole with hole drill kit to upcycle tissue box cover into bird house by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Can’t live without my clamps…

Because the back panel had a large finger hole (for sliding in and out easily), I also glue a strip of thin wood over it, as well.

Upcycling a tissue box cover into a bird house for wrens and chickadees by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now it’s ready for paint!

Then, I painted everything white and distressed ever so slightly before sealing with top coat (inside and out). This is an important step since it’s going to be a bird house living outside! Also, check out this cheeky fly who landed on my project as I was photographing it.

Repurposing a wooden tissue box cover into a bird house by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Painted, sealed, and ready for re-assembly.

Now for a fun little embellishment that also serves an important function! I didn’t want to seal the box cover “flap” closed for ease of cleaning out the bird house, etc., but I needed to ensure that it wouldn’t open randomly once it was outside. So, I used some picture frame turn buttons that can be turned to either keep it closed or allow it to open!

Using picture frame turn buttons on upcycled tissue box cover bird house by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

These little doohickeys will do nicely…

Using picture frame turn buttons on upcycled tissue box cover bird house by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Functional AND a cute detail…

Not shown but other steps- I glued the back panel (now bottom panel) in place and drilled a couple of small holes in it for drainage and air flow (important for bird houses to keep mold/mildew from building up inside).

To finish up my tissue box cover bird house, we took a vintage (well, maybe that’s a stretch since it only dates back to ’86…how about “pre-owned”) farm vehicle license plate, bent it in half, and secured it to the top of the bird house with washers and screws.

Using a bent vintage license plate as a bird house roof on upcycled tissue box cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The finishing touch…

Using a bent vintage license plate as a bird house roof on upcycled tissue box cover by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A red “tin” roof for my white farmhouse bird house!

Can you tell I wanted to emulate a white farmhouse with a red tin roof?? For this native Chicagolander, the fact that I found a red Illinois farm plate was an added bonus.

And there it is! Challenge accepted and project completed. Maybe not the most perfect reuse of an old tissue box cover, but not exactly an ugly bird house, either!

Repurposed tissue box cover as farmhouse style bird house with vintage license plate roof by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! Challenge accepted, challenge complete.

Side note- we attached to our back porch on the low side for photographing, but will move it up higher afterwards. Somewhere between the ground and the roof.

This definitely sparked a new game in my head…maybe I’ll ask my Facebook pals to challenge me again with another secondhand treasure soon.

And if you’re looking for more upcycle projects for birds or outdoors, I hope you’ll check out my full collection here before you go.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. Jeannie Wallace says:

    Would you happen to have any advice on how to put together one of the birdhouses that attach to your window so you can watch them nest? I’m not sure about materials to upcycle and my daughter wants one so bad. She’s even been working with our other animals to earn it. Could sure use your expertise on this one. Thank you for sharing your excellent new birdhouse.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      The kind that attaches to the glass with suction cups? I actually don’t like those because I’ve had suction cup feeders fail and fall to the ground…which is ok if it’s a feeder, but I would be devastated it it was a house with a nest and eggs/chicks inside.

  2. Karen Benitez says:

    Adorable!!!

  3. d brossy says:

    as always, another clever redo! charming birdhouse, most especially because of where it all started.

  4. Since I am nuts (!) about birds and other wildlife in my yard, this is absolutely my favorite. Now I will look for same type of box!! Thanks for the idea.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Is your yard Certified Wildlife Habitat?? I have a blog post on it, but sounds like you’d probably qualify!

  5. Charleen Adams says:

    That is the most unique use for your tissue box. It turned out so well. Keep up the creative work., enjoy all your projects.

  6. It turned out so cute! The next time I am in the thrift store I am going to buy everything I see, because I know you will inspire me on how to repurpose it haha 🙂

  7. Such a great vision for a wooden tissue box and love the “red” license plate roof! As always, you amaze me with your creativity, Sarah 🙂

  8. Look at you go girl, this is just the sweetest birdhouse. I love your red and white color scheme, and I’m certain your feathered friends will too! I have never seen a tissue cover like that, so now. . . I must search, let the quest begin! LOL

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Thanks, Kaycee!! Someone on the FB page said it was part of a canister set and not a tissue box…which is bewildering to me, but she swears up and down that it’s just missing the plexi behind the opening. What do I know? LOL

  9. Naomi Shelton says:

    Sadie, what a great birdie house! Very inspired and cute. I hope it has tenants soon!

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