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Diversions #2: Kids and Bird Houses

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Blog entry by BethMartin posted 06-21-2009 05:30 AM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter had her 8th birthday party today. She wanted a bird party, so we made bird hats and bird houses.

I used these plans, but made the bottoms all flush to make it a little easier to get together.
http://www.coveside.biz/chickadee-house-plans.htm

I got all the wood cut up ahead of time, and predrilled holes for the nails. This made it easier for the little hands to hammer the nails in, and this way they didn’t have to hold the nails really. They had a lot of fun whacking them together! They then decorated them with multi-colored sharpie markers.

One of the 8-year-old girls could sink her nails faster than either Chad or I. It was awesome.

Just thought I’d share our fun today! It was a great party!

edited to add: Me in my Hahn’s Macaw Hat. ;)

-- Beth



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Jimthecarver

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#1 posted 06-21-2009 05:49 AM

How cool what a good idea.
Thank you for sharing.
I bet the kids had a good day.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#2 posted 06-21-2009 05:50 AM

Fun Idea well done Beth

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#3 posted 06-21-2009 06:04 AM

What a cool idea Beth! I ‘ll bet the girls were very proud to show the houses to their parents and get to bring them home. I see you made some bird hats too.

So….how does one keep the hats from falling off the birds? ;-)

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#4 posted 06-21-2009 06:06 AM

Beth,

Thanks for taking the time to start the little ones on the path to woodworking!

Great looking bird houses!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 06-21-2009 06:23 AM

That’s great idea for keeping an active age group busy at a birthday party and I’m sure her guests enjoyed showing off their handywook from the party. Nice job.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 06-21-2009 11:06 AM

Great idea!! Happy B’day to you daughter!! Bet that’s the only party they have been to where they built something:-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 06-21-2009 01:04 PM

Pretty slick idea. Worlds better than paper party hats.

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#8 posted 06-21-2009 02:22 PM

how wonderfull !
great gift for the girls , and you , and us !

for her next birthday maybe you could get them to add that special exotic bath house you’ve always dreamed of !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 06-21-2009 05:19 PM

Great way to keep the kids entertained!

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 06-22-2009 02:33 AM

Great idea. You may have hooked some more people on woodworking.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#11 posted 06-22-2009 04:16 AM

great party idea.
I made a couple similar houses with my daughters a while back, it was great fun.

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#12 posted 06-22-2009 04:52 PM

Very cool idea. Love the hat too!

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#13 posted 06-23-2009 01:19 PM

that is so awesome.
ALMOST makes me wish my kids were young again :) almost

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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