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Seed Envelope Birdhouse

Updated on June 23, 2014

Don't Toss Those Empty Seed Envelopes!

"Mom, I'm bored" How many times do we here that over Summer Vacation? Way too many that's for sure. Here's a cost free (you probably have all the supplies already needed) project they can do. Younger children may need help. Makes great little gifts for Grandparents and friends too.

This a great upcycled Summer project. Simply use the empty seed packets from your veggies and.or flowers that you have already planted. What better way to be creative than using what you have. Recycle, reduce, reuse :)

Supplies

7 empty seed Packets

Paste or glue stick

Iron

Piece of plain paper

Scissors

Ruler

Options:

dried moss, artificial vines, flowers, birds, nest and eggs, glue gun

Instructions

Basics: Choose two packets for the house front and back. Cut tops open straight across. Cut open the remaining five packets across the bottoms. Set iron to low and press packets with the sheet of paper covering them; paste cut edges closed. As you create your house, press folds and paste any cut edges together.

1. Front and Back: Following image 1, mark vertical middle on back of two packets and fold top corners down to meet on the line, press. Trace a quarter on front for hole, cut out. Paste edges.

2. Sides: Fold back 1/4" on each side edge of two more packets. Matching length of sides on front (A-B), cut a 1/4" long slit into edges at B. Fold bottoms under and paste 1/4" tabs together at the corners (4).

3. Bottom: From one layer of another packet, cut a rectangle, a little smaller than the width of the front by width of the sides. Cut two 1"x1/4" tabs from leftover pieces of packet.

4. Assembly: Paste a tab to the top of each side. Position sides apart at same width as the front. Paste bottom lining inside. Paste the front and the back to the 1/4" tabs.

5. Roof: Adjoin top edges of two packets. Join with a strip of packet paper on wrong side. Fold under 1" at each end and paste. Spread paste to folded corners and tabs at top of house. Attach roof even with back and extending front.

6. Decorating: You may place a little moss inside the your house, decorate the outside using your glue gun with dried flowers, artificial vines, nest eggs, bird or anything you desire. Each one will come out unique and beautiful.

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    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR

      DragonflyTreasure 

      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thank you so much! Yes a great Summer project to keep the kiddos busy ;) ?

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 

      6 years ago from America

      Really cute. What a nice idea for kids. Voted Up.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR

      DragonflyTreasure 

      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Most definately! Plants for Fall :) LOL

    • cloverleaffarm profile image

      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Or, I could just go buy more seeds...lol.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR

      DragonflyTreasure 

      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thanks so much Clover! There is always next year :)

    • cloverleaffarm profile image

      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      These are so cool. I wish I had saved my seed packets! Voted up and sharing.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR

      DragonflyTreasure 

      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Thanks so much Angelo!

    • Angelo52 profile image

      Angelo52 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      You have great instructions for making these decorative seed packet birdhouses. The sketches included in the article really help. Voted up +.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR

      DragonflyTreasure 

      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      Diana, thank you for your nice comment. Very clever to use the resources you had ? Thanks for voting too??

    • Diana Lee profile image

      Diana L Pierce 

      6 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      This is very clever. I made some ornament birdhouses from cardboard one year and wrapped them with bias tape. This would have been mush easier. Voted up.

    • DragonflyTreasure profile imageAUTHOR

      DragonflyTreasure 

      6 years ago from on the breeze.........

      I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Have fun creating! Thank you for the warm welcome.

      *hugs*deb

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      4youreyes 

      6 years ago

      dragontreasure,

      This is a awesome project. They are so unique. I have a small birdhouse collection and will be adding one of these to it. Thanks for sharing. Welcome to HubPages !

      Have A Good Day !

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