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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
  • then cut two sides 1 x 6x 4¾ inch for sides
  • Cut one 1 x 6 x 4 inches for the bottom
  • Next, cut one 1 x 6 x 9 inch for roof right side
  • Cut one 1×4 ¾ x 9″ for roof left side 

 

Cutting Out the Pieces

DIY Birdhouse Plans Template and Materials

Start by downloading and printing the template. Next, make all of the appropriate cuts based on the list of cut above. Now on the front board trace the template using a sheet of carbon transfer paper.

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.

Checking my transfer on the wood

Checking my transfer on the wood

Cutting bottom of the front of the DIY birdhouse

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

Cut the bottom and roofline using your graphite marks as reference.

Cutting along the roof line

Cutting along the roofline

Tracing the front of the DIY birdhouse

Now trace your cut out front on to the board for the back of the birdhouse and cut it out. Next, measure the wall height on your cut out front board. Cut out your wall board to the right height and repeat on the second side board.

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

Next, drill out the hole on the front board.

Drilling the DIY house opening

Drilling the birdhouse opening

Building the DIY Birdhouse

I like to pre-drill holes for screws in my 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 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

On one side we left the bottom screws out so the it would swing open making it easy to clean out.

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

Use a measuring tape to figure out an even over hang on the 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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Susan

Thursday 2nd of June 2022

I worry about plans like this. Baby birds have no way to climb out and are trapped inside. There is also no access door to clean it out.

Jane

Wednesday 25th of May 2022

Very beautiful bird house. What I would recommend is drainage holes in the floor. The nest stays dry even in heavy rain. I especially like this tin roofed blue bird house. I found another article that may be helpful when installing a blue bird house. https://birdhouseplan.com/bluebird-house/ If building a blue bird house seems difficult, then I also found best bluebird house kits https://birdhouseplan.com/bluebird-house-kits/

John Lewis

Sunday 8th of May 2022

I love your bird house as it’s simple and easy to make, but I don’t think the tin roof does it justice. It will allow rain and draughts to get in. Whereas the wooden roof with it overhangs adds a lovely finish to a beautiful bird house.

Rita

Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

i have sent the message for the birdhouse but not hearing from you....thanks, Rita

Silver

Thursday 3rd of March 2022

Great information. Did you use a standard 1x6 (3/4x51/2) or did you cut boards to actual 1x6? i want to cut one for my grandson to put together.

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