How to make a gourd bird­house

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When your gourd is com­pletely dry, make a hole in the gourd to al­low the birds to en­ter. The hole will need to be a suitable size for the bird you are mak­ing it for.

To make the hole, use a hole saw bit that fits into an elec­tric drill. A perch can be added be­neath the en­trance hole if re­quired. Drill a few small holes into the base of the gourd to pro­vide drainage to keep the gourd dry. Drill a cou­ple of small holes at the top so you can in­sert string or wire for hang­ing. Drill a cou­ple more for ven­ti­la­tion.

Use a long-han­dled spoon to re­move the seeds and mem­brane through the en­trance hole.

Af­ter the gourd is cleaned out, ap­ply a wood preser­va­tive to seal the outer sur­face. Once dry, you can sand it smooth, then paint with an oil-based primer. Al­low to dry again, then ap­ply a top­coat. Be care­ful not to clog the drainage holes.

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