Wood Kit Operation

Hello Fellow woodcrafters,

Today’s blog, we the staff would like to discuss a little history, and some of the operations at CraftKitsandsupplies.com. In specific, we will discuss our wood kit operation.

CraftKitsandSupplies.com is a small company of several employees, and we operate out of a warehouse. We’ve been in business for over 25 years, and 95% of our business is internet based. We ship lots and lots of orders five days a week, to all over the USA, Canada, and Europe, via USPS and UPS.

At CraftKitsandSuplies.com we carry a very large selection of wood kits. Wood Kits such as, wood birdhouse kits, wood bird feeder kits, wood model kits, wood game kits, and etc. All of our wood kits are either import from China, or cut at our warehouse. While every year we import several containers of wood kits, managing inventory is always challenging and crucial. This is why, we maintain the ability to cut our own wood kits at our warehouse.

As with any business, controlling cost is number one. So how do we cut a small wood model kit (such as the Brandine II Birdhouse Kit), and sell it for as low as $3.49, and still make a profit? Most of our wood kits vary from about 7 pieces of wood to about 20 pieces of wood. All wood kits begin with a board 8 feet long, by 5/8” thick, and 5-1/2” wide. The 8 foot long board is then cut in half (two 4 footers). Next the 4 foot long boards are cut to either 1/8” or 1/4” thickness. From here, individual wood pieces are cut into their specific shapes. The wood is usually cut in multiple quantities, IE meaning one radial arm cut might produce 4-10 of the same wood pieces. Anyhow, one wood cutter, depending on the difficulty of the wood kit, can cut a few hundred wood kits a day. Once all the wood kits are cut, a packer then has to pack and seal the wood kits, with instructions, into a plastic bag.

That is folks, in a nutshell.

Now check out CraftKitsandSupplies.com. We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits. Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.

Birdhouse Construction

Hello Fellow Crafters,

In this blog, we the staff at CraftKitsandSupplies.com, would like to discuss a few tips in constructing your own Birdhouse from scratch. While having power tools, or access to power tools is a big help, a very simple Bird House can be constructed from wood with some basic tools.

The first item needed for a birdhouse is wood. There are many different types of woods such as Oak, Ash, Cedar, Pine, Spruce, pressure treated wood, and etc. Hard woods will definitely last a lot longer, but will be extremely difficult to cut and nail without power tools. Therefore, we recommend a soft wood like pine or spruce for constructing your birdhouse. Soft woods won’t last as long as hard woods (depending on your local weather conditions), but can be lacquered or painted to increase their longevity.

The approximate amount of wood to construct a birdhouse would be one six foot board in length, and 5-1/2” x 5/8” in width and depth. Next you will need two dozen 1-1/4” 3D nails, some form of thin wire, a hammer, a small hand saw, a tape measure or ruler, and an electric drill with 1-1/4” drill bit. If you don’t have an electric drill, one of your friendly neighbors should have one. They are very common, these days.

Now you are ready to cut and bang away. At this point there are two basic birdhouse designs to construct. A simple “A” Frame Birdhouse and a simple Rectangular Birdhouse. We will discuss a simple Rectangular Birdhouse. While there are several different design sizes, we will suggest some basic measurements. One note, the symbol, ” implies inches.

1) First we will cut the Birdhouse BASE. From one end of the six foot board measure 6-3/4”, and cut this piece.
2) Next we will cut the four SIDES. From one end of the board measure 8”, and cut this piece. Repeat this step three more times.
3) Next is the ROOF. We want the roof to have a little overhang to protect the entrance of the birdhouse from the rain. Measure 8-3/4” from the end of the board and cut.
4) Now take ONE of the four SIDES, and drill a 1-1/4” hole about 5” up on the long side.
5) We are now ready to assembly. Without photo instructions, play with the pieces to understand how they should be nailed together. The best approach is to nail the four SIDES together first, followed by the BASE, and the ROOF. Make sure the ROOF overhang is over the SIDE with the hole.
6) At this point if you want to lacquered or paint your birdhouse, go for it.
7) Finally, the last step is to place the Birdhouse in a tree or area that is somewhat protected from the weather and predators. This can be done many ways, and here is where you might want to use a thin wire.

Now check out CraftKitsandSupplies.com. We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits. Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.

Building a Birdhouse

Hello Fellow Crafters,
In this blog CraftKitsandSupplies.com will discuss some of the points in making a birdhouse. There are hundreds of different types of birdhouses, in terms of style, size, material, and cost. Also, in considering what type of birdhouse is suitable for your backyard will be determine by your geographical location, and the birds in your local area.
When building a birdhouse you can create your own from scratch, or buy a birdhouse in a kit form. The most common material for birdhouses is wood. Other materials can be plastic, thin metals, clay, or ceramic. Wood again, is the most common material because it can be cut and shaped easily, it can be painted, and it’s a great insulator to heat and cold. Pine and Cedar are the two most common used woods to build a birdhouse. Pine is a soft wood, with a smooth surface, that can be easily cut or drilled, and usually will need to be painted, or lacquered to prevent the wood from rotting. Cedar on the other hand, is a harder wood, and usually has a rough finish that doesn’t need to be finished with a polyurethane coating.
Another point of discussion in building your own bird house are the tools required. Purchasing a precut birdhouse kit will require the fewest tools, will take the shortest time to build, and will be the easiest to construct. Depending on the birdhouse kit, the minimum tools required will be a hammer, a phillip screwdriver, nails, wood glue, paint and brush. For the novice bird house builder this is probably the best way to go. For the more skilled person who might have a small workshop, they might venture to build their own birdhouse from scratch. Tools required for this path will be a minimum the following: Hammer, nails, drill, drill bits, phillip screwdriver, screws, tape measure, sandpaper, wood glue, vice grip, paint, brush, and more.
Finally, when the bird house is completed, it’s time to place it in your backyard, hopefully where you can observe the bird nesting activity from a short distance. As previously mention in another blog, consider the following features when placing the birdhouse.
—A shady place .
—Among trees and plants.
—Good height.
—Protection from rainfall and other weather elements.
—Protection from squirrels and other predators.

Now check out CraftKitsandSupplies.com. We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits. Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.

Birdhouse Placement

Hello Fellow Crafters,

In this blog, www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com will discuss some of the important points in the placement of your bird house.

The first approach for the birdhouse keepers is to know what kind of birds are in their local area.  Once a bird keeper is aware of the kinds of birds in their local area they can usually google their nesting habits.  In general, the bird keeper must make the birds comfortable and safe in their present environment from weather conditions, predators, and for nesting their young.  Listed below are just a few important features of a good nesting place for birds.      

  • Shade:  The most important thing is the shade.  It is an essential factor for the people who live in sunny areas. The birds don’t like heat exposure for long, that’s why it is necessary to keep the bird house in a shady place.
  • Good elevation:  The birdhouse must be placed at a high elevation.  It will protect the birds from young curious kids, and as well as the pets you have around your home.
  • Away from the Rain:  The cold wet and damp features of rain water are not good conditions for   bird nesting.  The bird house should be positioned with the walls, entrance, and the roof in a manner so as to reduce the amount of water entering the birdhouse.  This will also prevent the deterioration of wooden bird house through the years.
  • Always in open air:  The open air locations are best for the bird house.  Inside the homes there are different dangers for the birds so try to keep the bird house outside in the open air.
  • Good if around the trees:  Birds are extremely comfortable in trees, so try to place the birdhouse,  around, or within, the green leaves and branches of trees in your area.

Other options for the bird keepers:

There are different types of Bird House Kits available in the market. These birdhouse kits have been designed for the special placements.  The bird keepers are suggested to focus on the important tools and materials required to place the bird house anywhere suitable.  The Finished Bird Houses are easy to adjust in the homes.  You can place them in the backyards.  This is the biggest advantage of buying these types of birdhouse kits.  It is also, very essential to keep multiple birdhouses away from each other.  In this way, you reduce the chances of bird fights.

If you are interested in building a bird house, then you should select the perfect place first.  Actually, the selection of a perfect place will give you more ideas about the bird house making.

Now check out www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com.  We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits.  Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.

Birdhouse Features

Hello Fellow Crafters,
In this blog, we the staff at CraftKitsandSupplies.com would like to discuss some of the features to look for when purchasing or building your birdhouse. Birdhouses provide wild birds a place to rest at night, protection from the weather or predators, and a place to raise their young. Below are ten features to consider when shopping for a birdhouse, or building your next birdhouse kit.

1. No Perch: Perches are only a man-made concept in the construction of bird houses. In nature, 9 times out of ten, there are no perches in the tree hole, except maybe a branch. Birds are capable of flying directly into a small hole, and don’t need a perch for a landing strip. But with that said, a perch is not usually a negative, for bird nesting.
2. The Hole Size: Most birdhouses contain a hole diameter of approx. 1-1/2 inches. It is because this is the most common entrance size for nesting birds. This hole size also can keep invasive species such, as Starlings away from the bird house.
3. Floor Dimensions: To provide the young birds enough room, the dimensions of the bottom of the bird house should be approx. 4×4 inches.
4. Box Height: The height of the box is another important feature. A difference of 5 inches from the floor and entrance hole is enough. This height keeps the young birds away from the predators.
5. Easy to Open: The birdhouses are opened according to the seasonal changes. You also need to open them for the cleaning, and that’s why the birdhouses should be easy to open.
6. Ventilation: In order to promote the passage of air from all sides there should be holes. The holes should be made according to the size of the bird house. Also, keep the dangers in mind. The holes should not promote the entrance of insects in the bird house.
7. Drainage Holes: The drainage hole is important. It is mainly constructed near the bottom. This facilitates the water movement from the birdhouse.
8. A handle to hang the Box: The hangers, or hooks, are usually provided with the bird houses. These are used to hang the bird house anywhere outside your home.
9. Wood is always best: To avoid big changes from the heat and cold, wood is considered the best insulator, and this why wooden birdhouses are preferred over plastic birdhouses.
10. Roof Overhang: How to keep the rain water out? The roof overhangs can be used to keep the rain water outside the bird house. Also, the direction (N. S. W. or E.) of the entrance of the bird house should be considered to the local general direction of the rain and wind in your neighbor.

Now check out CraftKitsandSupplies.com. We carry over 100 different birdhouses and birdhouse kits. Some are just cute little craft projects, while some are real size birdhouses made for nesting birds.


Hello Crafters, 

     CraftKitsandSupplies is offering a 20% discount on our complete line of Birdhouses and Birdhouse Kits for the month of April.  In addition to this large craft discount, if you buy three or more birdhouses or birdhouse kits, of the same style, you will receive further bulk quantity discounts.  Just enter the redeem code “Birdhouse” during the check out process.

     At CraftKitsandSupplies we carry over 75 different styles of completed birdhouses and birdhouse kits.  Our birdhouses come in many different sizes and styles, such as Swinging Birdhouses, Pole Birdhouses, Garden Birdhouses, Single-unit and Multiply-unit Birdhouses, Decorative Birdhouses, and many other types of birdhouses.  Most of our completed or assembled birdhouses, are made from pinewood and our birdhouse kits require only glue (2 or 3 of our birdhouse kits require nails).  We also, supply paint, brush, and glue for an additional cost.

     When selecting a birdhouse for outdoor use, it is important to note that each specific bird species prefers a different type of birdhouse and location.  Wren Birds prefer small-enclosed houses near shrubs or brushes, while Blue Birds enjoy larger, single-unit birdhouses in more open areas.  Other factors to be considered are the predators and weather at your location.  For example, if there are cats or raccoons in your area, than maybe the Hanging Birdhouse might be preferred.  Also, depending on the type of birds in your neighborhood, placing a birdhouse in constant shade or sun has to be considered.  Finally, a birdhouse should provide drainage during wet windy conditions, and suitable ventilation so birds can breathe easily.  Drilling a few small holes on the bottom of the birdhouse should provide drainage, and a few holes on the sides for ventilation, if needed.  More information on the type or bird in your area, and its habits and preference can usually be found doing a search on the Internet.

     For our crafters that want to construct their own birdhouse, we carry over 25 different birdhouse kits and bird feeder kits.  Birdhouse kits are great projects, for camps, church activities, or party events.  All of our birdhouse kits are pre-cut pinewood and require only glue to assembly.  Some birdhouse kits do include nails.  We also, supply a paint, brush, and glue package for a small additional cost.  All of our birdhouse kits come with very easy to follow instructions, are for kids 7 years and older, and require very little adult supervision.

     Finally, for camps, churches, and other social events, CraftKitsandSupplies has a sister website www.Brandine.com that caters to bulk or large craft orders.  Starting at retail craft orders as little as $100.00, www.Brandine.com offers a 20% discount on all craft products.  For retail craft orders $200.00 or greater, www.Brandine.com offers a 40% discount.  And, for retail craft orders $400.00 or greater, www.Brandine.com offers a 60% discount.  So what does this mean?  Place a retail craft order valued at $400.00, and pay only $160.00 plus shipping.  So, check it out.

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Hello Fellow Crafters,

At www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com we carry over 60 different Papier Mache shapes.  Papier Mache shapes such as rectangular boxes, heart shaped boxes, hats, and many other types of papier mache products.  In addition to Papier Mache shapes, www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com carries all 26 alphabet letters, twelve inches in size, in Papier Mache form.
Now, a little history and information about Papier Mache.  The word “Papier Mache” is a French word meaning “chewed paper”.  Papier Mache are a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as starch, glue or wallpaper paste.

Papier Mache goes  far back to ancient Egypt, where they were used for coffins and death masks.  Papier Mache was used in the Middle and Far East as added decorative elements to armor and shields.  In Europe, in the 1700s, Papier Mache was used for building coach door panels, trays, chair backs, and other structural panels.  Today, Papier Mache is used mainly for crafting projects.

Today, Papier Mache is prepared mainly in two ways. The first method makes use of paper strips glued together with adhesive.  The second method, the more common one, is to use paper pulp, obtained by soaking or boiling paper, and then adding adhesive.  This second method then allows the pulp to be formed in any shape within a mold.
Now that you know a little more about Papier Mache, come check us out at www.CraftKitsandSupplies.com .  In addition to Papier Mache craft projects, we carry over 10,000 different craft items.  Also, use the coupon code “Craft11” on your first order, and get a 10% discount.  From our staff of Crafter Enthusiast, “Have Fun Crafting”.