Recycled Cork BirdhouseHave a lot of corks? Don’t throw them away! There’s a lot of fun, creative projects you can do with them! In this fun blog I’ll teach you how to make a birdhouse using corks step by step! We made our birdhouse big enough for our pet conure to fit in. You can adjust the size of your birdhouse to be as big or small as you’d like by using more or less corks.
• About 150 corks (number of corks depends on how big/small you want your birdhouse to be)
• Hot glue gun
• Glue sticks
• Knife (sharp, serrated)
• Cork wall tiles (buy at any craft store, I bought mine at Michael’s)
• Optional decorations as shown in picture labeled 10
Step 1: Gather all the materials needed for the project!
Step 2: Bring a big pot of water to a boil. Add your corks to the water and let boil for about ten minutes covered. This will clean your corks and expand them, making them easier to cut and work with. (You may have to do this in several batches)
Step 3: Remove the corks from the water and lay them out to dry in a cool, dry place. (I placed them on newspaper to dry for several hours/overnight)
Step 4: Use photo labeled 6 as a guideline to create a 6x4 cork wall using your hot glue gun to glue corks together. This will be used as the bottom of your birdhouse.
Step 5: Use picture labeled 5 as a guideline to create a 9x3 cork wall using your hot glue gun to glue the corks together. On the 3rd row from the bottom, leave out two corks in the middle. (this will create a entrance/exit for the bird) This wall will be the front of your birdhouse.
Step 6: Use picture labeled 4 as a guideline to create a 6x3, 3x3 cork wall using your hot glue gun to glue the corks together. This will be used as the back wall of the birdhouse.
Step 7: Use picture labeled 3 as a guideline to create a 10x3 cork wall, use your hot glue gun to glue the corks together. This will be used as the left wall of the birdhouse.
Step 8: Repeat step 7 to create the right wall of the birdhouse.
Step 9: Use picture labeled 7 as a guideline to glue the left and right walls to the bottom of the birdhouse using your hot glue gun.
Step 10: Use picture labeled 8 as a guideline to glue the front and back walls to the right, left and bottom of your birdhouse.
Step 11: Starting in the middle (second cork) use a sharp, serrated knife to cut through the corks on the front and back walls. This should give these walls a triangular top resembling a roof. Use picture labeled 9 as a guideline. Take extra caution while cutting!
Step 12: Time for your cork wall tiles! You are going to glue your cork tiles onto your front, back, right, and left walls using your hot glue gun. Use picture labeled 10 (final product) as a guideline! This will be your roof!
Step 13: This step is optional. You can now decorate your birdhouse to your liking! You can also add metal loops to the top of your birdhouse and tie ribbon around the loops to hang your birdhouse on a tree!
Our pet conure Rio loves playing hide and seek in her new birdhouse! We hope you love this fun recycled cork project as much as she did!