My love for DIY birdhouses began with my father (who was a master gardener) telling me about our local bluebirds’ plight. Their numbers were rapidly on the decline. He informed me about their need for a safe habitat for nesting.
I decided to share that bluebird information during a garden club meeting I was hosting. My father told me how particular bluebirds were about the specifications for their birdhouse. It was too much to remember, so I typed out fact sheets to hand out information about creating a welcoming environment for bluebirds.
That did not seem like enough to really get this bluebird campaign rolling. Therefore I decided we would build every member a bluebird house to take home. For some added fun, I brought along paints, paintbrushes, and stencils to decorate the houses. It was amazing to see all the gorgeous painted birdhouses.
**I have joined some other creative DIY bloggers this month for a DIY building challenge, so be sure to visit their posts too.
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How to Build a DIY Birdhouse
Birdhouses can be built with any wood, but it is best to refrain from using pressure-treated wood for the birds’ safety.
- Measuring tape
- 1 ½ inch drill bit
- Drill bits
- Clamp (this is the one I used)
- 1x6x8 pine, cedar, or cypress
- Nails or screws (I used these)
- Exterior Glue (this is the one is my favorite)
- Template print out
- Graphite paper (this is the one I used)
- Tin Snips
- Speed square
- Pipe flange
- Galvanized pipe
For your convenience, I have gathered all my garden/yard must haves HERE.
Cut two 1 x 6 x 8-inch board for front and back
Cut two sides 1 x 6x 4¾ inch for sides
Then, cut one 1 x 6 x 4 inch for the bottom
Cut one 1 x 6 x 9 inch for roof right side
Cut one 1×4 ¾ x 9″ for roof left side
Cut the roofline using your graphite marks.
*If you are not using the template, you can mark your front and back’s center top. Cut from the center mark at 45 degrees on both sides to form a peak.
Pre-drill holes in front and back pieces. It is easy to stack them and to drill through both pieces at once.
Clamp one of the side pieces to the front. Making sure they are even with the bottom and outside edge.
Screw or nail in place. Repeat the process for the other side.
Attach the back with screws or nails.
Optional Cleanout Door
To create a clean outdoor, we used screws that act as a hinges (see more how they work here).
Insert the bottom into the bottom of the house and attach with glue and fasteners.
Attach the narrower roof board first, even with the house’s peak, with glue and fasteners.
Attach the other roof board even with the other roof board’s outside edge with glue and nails.
Install a hook in the roof if you want to hang it or mount it on a pole with a flange and a 1 ¼ inch pipe.
I had to use this adorable birdhouse to decorate for spring.
I wanted to try some roof variations, such as tin, old license plates, and shakes. We have been saving rusty tin my husband salvaged from an old barn I wanted to use for a roof. However, the tin had some holes in some areas.
We cut off the severely rusted area and then used a pencil to mark the roofing cut lines.
Following the pencil marking, he cut the tin for the roofing.
We had a jar filled with rusty roofing nails that were perfect for this project. Pre-drill the holes being careful to mind the inset.
Special note: Bluebird houses should be about 6 feet from the ground.
**Now for those special posts on the DIY Building Challenge.
My friend, Tarah from Grandma’s House DIY, shares how to build storage space.
Amy from Heath, Home, and Heart shares how she installed a gorgeous trim accent wall in her bedroom.
My friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells created a romantic faux fireplace mantel surround.
My friend Niky from The House on Silverado is sharing how she built a farmhouse coffee cup stand.
This next project is perfect for my outdoor space too. Mary from Life at Bella Terra shares how to build an outdoor bench perfect for the garden.
Another great DIY project by my friend Andrea from Design Morsels. Andrea is sharing how to build a DIY corner desk.
I hope you found some inspiration.
See you soon,