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Craft Ideas For Grandparents
Grandparents Making Crafts
Growing up, my paternal grandparents both enjoyed birds of all types, religiously watching the windows for anything that fluttered by with plumage. When we would visit them, the days were always joyfully packed full of crafts that my grandparents had kept on the schedule. Without a doubt, these projects always had something to do with their beloved birds. From Birdhouses to Popcorn Garland, my sister, my brother and I would hunker down and create crafts with my grandparents which left us with our favorite memories.
Crafts Ideas for the Elderly to Choose From
Today I hope to offer you some craft ideas I shared with my own Grandparents. You will learn how to make a Birdhouse in 5 easy steps, create a Windowsill Bird Feeder Tray, as well as learning two ways to make Simple Bird Feeders for your own backyard. Each craft project will bring its own fascinating memory for you to cherish.
Here is the list of Bird Related Craft Projects:
A. How Grandpa' Makes a Birdhouse in 5 Easy Steps
B. How to Make an Simple Windowsill Tray Bird Feeder
C. How to Make Grandpa's Easy Nectar Bird Feeder for the Backyard
D. How to Make Grandma's Popcorn Garland Backyard Bird Feeder
How Grandpa' Makes a Birdhouse in 5 Easy Steps
Step #1- Cutting the Wood Pieces to Size
Project Assembly Instructions
1). Precut the wood into pieces that Measure as follows:
- 1 floor: 2½'' X 2½'' (6.25cm X 6.25cm)
- 1 roof: 3'' X 3'' (7.5cm X 7.5cm)
- 2 side walls: 3'' X 6'' (7.5cm X15cm)
- 1 back wall: 2½'' X 6'' (6.25cm X 15cm)
- 1 front wall: 3½'' X 6'' (8.75cm X 15cm)
- 1 hanging strip: 1'' X 10'' (2.5cm X 25cm)
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2). Drill the hole in the front wall
- Drill the entrance hole (the birdie front door) 1'' (2.5cm) in the front wall. Place the hole in the a little above the center of the wood piece.
3). Drill air holes
- With the small bit, drill 5 or 6 small air holes at the top on the back wall wooden piece. Space them evenly across the board. Now, drill 5 more holes into the floor piece so the birdhouse will have some drainage.
Picture by Picture Birdhouse Assembly Instructions [click to see full sized]Click thumbnail to view full-size
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4). Assemble the box
- At each stage, my grandparents would have us drill starter holes for the nails using the drill. Then hammer in the nails to hold the pieces in place. This helped to prevent the wood from splitting and cracking.
- Stand the back wall upright. Lay a bead of glue along one edge, and then nail one edge of the floor to the side of it.
- Glue, then nail, the sides against the assembled back wall and floor.
- From the inside of the box, nail the hanging strip down the outside of the back. Make sure to position it so it extends above and below the box. Twist an eye screw into each end (this is where the wire will attach the birdhouse to the tree).
- Nail the front wall onto preglued edges of the sides and floor.
- Run a bead of glue along the top edge (where the roof will be placed) at the the top of the box. Center and nail the roof on so that t covers the top completely, but overhangs the front door.
5). Completing and hanging your birdhouse
- Varnish or paint your birdhouse. There was one strict rule my grandparents had when it came to painting or staining the birdhouses; only use natural colors!
- To hang your birdhouse, run the wire around a pole or tree trunk (about 6' or 2m from the ground) and then run the wire through the eye screws several times to support the house.
- Or, you can nail the birdhouse to a wooden post (about 6' or 2m from the ground) using the hanging strip and nails.
What you will Need to Make Your Windowsill Tray Bird Feeder
- ¾'' (2cm) plywood or planks
- Two 1-foot (30-cm) "L" brackets with screws
Picture by Picture Windowsill Bird Feeder Assembly Instructions [click to see full sized]
How to Make a Simple Windowsill Tray Bird Feeder
1). Choose the right window
- My grandparents were always sure to choose the window carefully. It was always one that offered shelter and had trees close by (a balcony will work if you live in an apartment). Anywhere that the birds can perch is good.
2). Cutting the board
- Cut a board a little longer than then length of your window and 1 ft. (30cm) deep.
3). Front edge strip
- Cut a strip of wood the length of the first board and 2'' (5cm) wide. Nail it to one edge of the board.
4). End Pieces
- Cut two end pieces 1 ft. X 1 ft. (30cm X 30cm) and nail them in place as shown.
5). "L" Brackets
- On the bottom of the feeder tray, screw the "L" brackets 2'' (5cm) from each end.
- My grandparents always helped us with attaching the "L" brackets. We would screw them into the wooden base of the windowsill.
- Scatter your birdseed on the tray, and wait for the feathers to arrive!
What You Need to Make a Citrus Nectar Bird Feeder
- Sharp Knife
- Skewer (any sturdy long pointy tool)
How to Make Grandpa's Easy Nectar Bird Feeder for the Backyard
Orange Nectar Bird Feeder
This will attract hummingbirds, orioles, and other nectar feeders using the freshness of citrus fruits!
- Grandpa' or Grandmother would help us cut an orange in half.
- Then we would lay the orange on the cutting board cut side down.
- Poke a small hole in the orange's skin using a sturdy skewer or any pointy tool.
- Slide the orange onto a tree branch, or place the orange halves on the tray of your Windowsill Tray Feeder (see above).
This Orange Nectar feeder brings in birds of all kinds, but the most prominent feathered visitor will surely be those quick winged buzzing hummingbirds.
What You Need to Make a Popcorn Garland Bird feeder
- Popped popcorn
- Fine Needle
- Polyester thread
How to Make Grandma's Popcorn Garland Backyard Bird Feeder
This tempting treat was my Grandmothers favorite. So easy, but this twisted garland really brought the birds close to the house for a tasty treat. Use plain popcorn— even that stale or soggy popcorn from the night before works great. Grandmother taught us not to waste things!
- Thread a fine sized sewing needle with polyester thread and knot it a couple of times at one end.
- Carefully push the needle through the center of the popcorn kernel and pull the thread through until the knot touches the popcorn. Be sure to leave a little distance between each piece. For extra nourishment, my grandparents would have us alternate fresh cranberries with the popcorn.
- We would then wind the popcorn garland around a near by tree and step back and watch until the birds found it. Once they did, they returned to this feeder time and time again.
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Remember this; Raisins Are as Good as Worms!
When Winter Freezes the Worms Underground, what are the worm-eating birds supposed to do? Robins, who just love to eat worms, can't get to them once the hard cold ground has frozen for the winter. I remember that my Grandparents always came to the Robin's rescue during these cold months with a hand full of raisins. They would sprinkle a few around the fence top or other flat surface. These raisins kept the birds going until the warm weather arrived freeing those tasty worms!
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