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DIY Birdhouse Plans – Easy Tutorial

My love for DIY birdhouses began with my father (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 my hosting garden club meeting. My father told me how particular bluebirds were about the specifications for their birdhouse. Unfortunately, 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 get this bluebird campaign rolling. Therefore I decided we would build every member a bluebird house. I brought along paints, paintbrushes, and stencils to decorate the homes for some added fun. It was amazing to see all the gorgeous painted birdhouses. 

These birdhouses will look great in my secret garden with our DIY Trellis, Obelisk, lanterns, Hanging Baskets, and window boxes; they remind me of my father. 

DIY Birdhouse outside

DIY Birdhouse

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How to Build a DIY Birdhouse

You can build wooden Birdhouses with any wood, but it is best to refrain from using pressure-treated wood for the birds’ safety.

Supplies

I have gathered all my garden/yard must-haves HERE.

Tools for building DIY birdhouses

Tools for building birdhouses

Lumber Cuts

Cut two 1 x 6 x 8-inch boards for front and back

Cut two sides 1 x 6x 4¾ inch for sides

Then, cut one 1 x 6 x 4 inches 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 

 

DIY Birdhouse Plans and Materials

DIY Birdhouse Plans – Easy Tutorial

Checking my transfer on the wood

Checking my transfer on the wood

Cut bottom of the front of the DIY birdhouse

Cut the bottom for the front of the birdhouse

You can see the videos I made of the building process (Video part one, Video part two, and Video part three).

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.

Cutting along the roof line

Cutting along the roofline

Tracing the front of the DIY birdhouse

Tracing the front of the birdhouse

Measuring the wall height

Measuring the wall height

Cutting the side of the DIY birdhouse

Cutting the side of the birdhouse

Tracing the second side of the DIY birdhouse

Tracing the second side of the birdhouse

Drilling the DIY house opening

Drilling the birdhouse opening

I like to pre-drill holes in front and back pieces. It is easy to stack them and drill through both pieces at once. 

Pre Drilling screw holes

Pre Drilling screw holes

Clamp one of the side pieces to the front. Then I make sure they are even with the bottom and outside edge. 

Screw or nail in place. Repeat the process for the other side.

Clamp side to front

Clamp side to front

 

Testing the cleanout side hinge screws

Testing the cleanout side hinge screws

Attach sides to front then back of house

Attach sides to the front then back of the house

Attach the back with screws or nails. 

House walls are finished

House walls are finished.

Optional Cleanout Door

We used screws that act as hinges (see more how they work in this video).

 

Installing the bottom

Installing the bottom

Insert the bottom into the bottom of the house and attach it with glue and fasteners.

Tapping the bottom into place

Tapping the bottom into place

Attach the narrower roof board first with glue and fasteners, even with the house’s peak.

Checking the roof placement

Checking the roof placement

Attach the other roof board even with the other roof board’s outside edge with glue and nails.

Drilling pilot holes

Drilling pilot holes

Finished roof

Finished roof

Measuring the overhang

Measuring the overhang

 

Marking the wall area

Marking the wall area

Drilling pilot holes in the roof

Drilling pilot holes in the roof

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.

Install a pipe flange

Install a pipe flange

 

 

    

I had to use this adorable birdhouse to decorate for spring.

DIY Birdhouse displayed as décor

DIY Birdhouse

Roof Options

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. 

Vintage tin roofing

Vintage tin roofing

Mark cutting line with a pencil

Mark cutting line with a pencil

Following the pencil marking, he cut the tin for the roofing. 

Cut out tin roof with tin snips

Cut out tin roof with tin snips

We had a jar filled with rusty roofing nails perfect for this project. Pre-drill the holes being careful to mind the inset. 

Pre drill holes for tin roof

Pre-drill holes for a tin roof

 

DIY birdhouse ready to install flange

Birdhouse ready to install flange

 

Rustic DIY birdhouse ready for the birds

Rustic DIY birdhouse ready for the birds

Special note: Bluebird houses should be about 6 feet from the ground. 

 

Ideas to Attract Birds:

Birds love the nest in a habitat that provides shelter, food, and water.

We have a variety of bird feeders to attract birds; however, during the winter months, we have extra birds which have migrated here for the winter. Therefore we needed additional feeders.

I made some simple feeders and placed my DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeders in the trees. 

Pine cone bird feeders with red and white checked ribbon bows hanging in a tree

Pine Cone Bird Feeders

 

More wood building projects inspiration:

 

My friend, Tarah from Grandma’s House DIY, shares how to build storage space.

DIY Closet

DIY Closet

Amy from Heath, Home, and Heart has installed a gorgeous trim accent wall in her bedroom.

Accent wall

Accent wall

My friend Kim from Shiplap and Shells created a romantic faux fireplace mantel surround

Faux fireplace mantel surround

Faux fireplace mantel surround

 

My friend Niky from The House on Silverado shared how she built a farmhouse coffee cup stand

DIY Farmhouse Coffee Stand

DIY Farmhouse Coffee 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.

Outdoor bench

Outdoor bench

 Andrea is sharing how to build a DIY corner desk.

DIY corner desk

DIY corner desk

I hope you found some inspiration. 

See you soon,

Kippi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lynne

Sunday 9th of January 2022

What a lovely post, Kippi! I love the story about your dad and this beautiful reminder of him. Thank you for sharing this wonderful step by step tutorial.

Lynne

Monday 12th of July 2021

What a lovely project! I loved reading about the stories of your dad and the special memories tied to your birdhouse.

We Be High

Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Always when we do something with our hands: during this exciting activity, a person seems to fall into a trance. Hands are busy, the head is free from unnecessary thoughts, consciousness is in a stable state of balance ... Thanks for sharing.

Kippi

Saturday 8th of May 2021

Thank you so much for your visit today! Have wonderful weekend, Kippi

Suzzanne

Sunday 25th of April 2021

How do you clean it out from season to season? I’ve seen baby birds smother to death when the birdhouse keeps getting packed nest on top of nest. Mother birds make nest year after year.

Kippi

Saturday 8th of May 2021

That is a great question. When you look through the photos, you can see one that is the cleanout hinge test. The bottom of the right side of the front of the birdhouse is missing bottom screws since you will lift the side to clean it out. I hope I explained it clearly. Have a great day, Kippi

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Friday 12th of February 2021

I love this idea. I want to hang birdhouses all along one of our fences and I think this pattern will work just fine for some of our leftover deck boards. Thanks so much for sharing it. I would love for you to share some of your posts and ideas on Fridays at my Home Matters Linky Party each week. I am going to check out your trellis design next. I need one of those too.

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