Birdhouses made from gourds are a fun wintertime craft and make a great project to do with kids. There are several varieties of gourd which make great birdhouses -- You can sometimes buy them at your local farmers' market, or if you're in it for the long haul you can grow your own. If you are taking the true DIY route, make sure to hang the gourds in a dry place after harvesting them in the fall. They should be moisture-free before you start this instructable. Depending on your climate, this could take an entire year.
For this project, you'll need
-Sander or Sandpaper and patience
-1" Forsner Bit
-A small eye screw for each gourd
-A length of cord or wire for each gourd
-All-weather paint (We used white spray paint)
Step 1: Sand
The first step to cleaning up the gourds is lots of sanding. An electric sander speeds up this process, but sandpaper works just as well. When you have finished, the gourds should be lighter in color and very smooth.
After you've cleaned the gourds, sand down the stem, leaving a small nub for attaching the eye bolt.