I love doing projects using the resources around me. With 20 acres of aspen, birch, oak, and pines, I have lots of natural resources. One project I enjoyed this summer involved making birdhouses out of downed aspen trees. There are several aspen trees on the ground around our home. Many were at one time bird houses. I stress I used trees that had fallen over. I don't what anyone to think I was cutting down little bird homes.
First, I cut above and below the holes. I then scraped off the bark and sanded the outside to show off the worm galleries. Some didn't need a top and bottom, but most did. I stained the outside to slow deterioration and reused some old wire we found on the property as hangers. We love to shed hunt for antlers and I used the smaller ones as decorative perches.
|Beginning, middle, and final project.
If you have a few old trees on the ground I highly recommend this project. It didn't cost a penny, but was a productive way to spend a couple of weekends and led to a great day with my nieces.
|Good Lord! Slow down Aunt Bonnie isn't that fast.