Tuesday, December 6, 2011

How to Make a Christmas Birdhouse Ornament

So here is a good ornament project.  The inspiration is those old birdhouses that are made out of tin cans.


- paper roll from toilet paper or paper towels
- paint
- glitter glue

- small twig
- tacky glue
- scrap of white posterboard
- white glittery pipe cleaner
- pencil
- scissors
- gold thread or ribbon for hanging
- little piece of garland
- embellishment, I used some red wired berries


Take paper roll and flatten one end.

Now you can just glue it closed but I sewed mine, I like the look and I'm too impatient to wait for the glue to dry!

Determine which side will be the front and fold over the top.  You don't need to glue this place right now.

Using a pencil draw a circle on the front.

Cut this out with scissors.  I poke it with my awl to get it going.

Paint the roll.  You can brush on some glitter glue for some sparkle.

Now glue down that fold using tacky glue.  Use some clothespins to hold in place while drying.

Trace out a circle on your scrap of posterboard that is slightly larger than the paper roll.

Cut out.

Glue on to the bottom of your house.

Let dry a bit.

Poke a hole beneath the cut out circle.

Apply a little glue to the hole and stick in your small twig for a perch.

Poke a hole thru the fold and add a thread or ribbon loop for hanging.

Add some garland and embellishment.

Take a white glittery pipe cleaner, form into a circle big enough to fit on the bottom of your birdhouse and glue into place.

Add some text if you want.  I typed out "Home for the Holidays" on the computer and printed it out.

Attach on house with glue.

That's it.

You can add a bird if you want but I like mine just the way they are.

Hope you give it a try.


  1. Hi Gail! Oh my gosh, I LOVE this idea!! I'm always saving my kitchen paper towel rolls, so I'm always on the lookout for new ideas to make things from them! Just recently I made some snowflakes myself, and am thinking I'll make more!.. But I really have a great love for birds, as I used to love feeding them in the old house I lived in. Having had to move since then, I no longer have a place where my little feathered friends can visit me anymore... Breaks my heart, but these little houses kinda bring back sweet memories of those days on my front porch. I will definitely be trying these out, just as soon as I can! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, and hope you're enjoying the holiday season! ~tina

  2. i love all your ideas- thank you for the inspiration! Erica T.

  3. lovely! i've been saving paper towel tubes for too long and this will be perfect for handmade christmas ornaments everyone in my life will soon be receiving.

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  4. my first time here coming over from the crafty crow. just love this! and am thinking i'll have to try this one out at my preschool next year. THANKS!!

  5. I love this! Thank you!!!

  6. magnifique l'idée j'adore je suis assistante maternelle et les enfants vont s'éclater a le faire et le mettre dans le sapin superbe idée j'adore votre site je suis de la france bon continuation

  7. this sure looks simple enough, would be great gift for a Ladies' Sunday school class for Christmas. Thank you.

  8. Que bello trabajo. Me encanta la idea, ando con el animo en reciclar y hacer mejor uso de los materiales. Bendiciones y mil gracias!!!!