Clay Birdhouse

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Animals aren’t the only ones who love mud. Get dirty building a clay birdhouse to hang in your yard.

 

What You Need

  • Balloon
  • Self-hardening clay
  • Water-based clear sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Rolling pin
  • Kitchen spoon
  • 3-foot piece of heavy string
  • Water

What You Do

  1. Blow Up Balloon
    Blow up a balloon so it is about 8 inches long.clay bird house step 1
  2. Prepare Balloon for Clay
    Draw a circle (1 1/4 inch diameter) about six inches from the bottom of the balloon. Tie the string around the knot that’s holding the air in the balloon.clay bird house step 2
  3. Roll Out Clay
    Use the rolling pin to roll out two large pieces of clay that are about 1/4 inch thick.clay bird house step 4
  4. Wrap Clay Around Balloon
    Wrap the two pieces of clay around the balloon, leaving a space around the hole that you’ve drawn. Use the back of a spoon and some water to smooth out the seams. Use extra clay to add decorative elements, if desired.clay bird house step 5
  5. Let Birdhouse Dry
    • Let air dry for several days. Pop the balloon. Then apply a coat of water-based clear sealer to the outside of the birdhouse. Let dry.
    • Hang your birdhouse from a tree branch in your yard. Enjoy watching its new occupants.

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