Tweets for the love of mom–a gift with heart for Mother’s Day

Twitter is a great invention. We love it. But when it comes to messaging between moms and kids (or dads for that matter), doesn't real world messaging (like hugs and kisses) have a place? We think so. That's why we came up with the idea for a birdhouse that sends a sweet message on many levels.

Think of it as a mailbox where you and your children can leave brief messages (no problem if they're more than 140 characters) for each other to discover.

Here's how we made ours all from recycled materials:


  • 1 tube shaped can (a neighbor who knows I like to craft and eats a certain brand of potato chips gifted me with this one)
  • A lid that is larger than the can (I happened to have the top from a DVD stack with a little handle which is fun because we can hang the birdhouse. But if you don't have this item, you can always poke holes in the one you have and add the hangar.)
  • One spool 
  • A watch face or gem that can cover the end of the spool
  • A tag and something to hang it with (string or ribbon if you don't have the ball chain pictured)
  • Paint (or paper to cover the tube)
  • Glue
  • Scissors or matte knife
  • Stickers
  • Moss (Avoid purchasing moss. We live in Seattle so our patio is covered with it! Use leaves, sticks or other natural materials.
  • A matchbook (Not necessary, you can just put the messages inside the opening without it)

How to:

  1. Clean and dry inside of tube.
  2. Draw a circle (use a bottle top for a guide) a bit more than half way up the tube and cut out.
  3. Paint or cover tube with paper.
  4. Add stickers.
  5. Glue one end of spool to tube for perch. After that is dry, glue on watch face, jewel or whatever to other end.
  6. Print out "Time to Tweet" on printer in size to fit on to tag and on same piece of paper, the word "TWEET" to fit the matchbox
  7. Glue words to tag, add string, ball chain and hang.

  8. Glue larger top to top of tube.

  9. Glue on moss.

  10. Glue paper on to matchbox, all the way around.

  11. Glue "TWEET" on matchbox.

  12. Fill bottom of birdhouse with bits of fabric, cotton, kapok, yarn etc. so that when you slip the match box or message in, it will not slip down.

That's it! What a fun Mother's Day project for anyone. Why couldn't a mom make one as a gift to herself? The messages she gets throughout the year will give her more pleasure than all the online tweets in the world!

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are a mother-daughter team and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at


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