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Here is a simple plan to make your very own birdhouse. This is a great project for kids with adult help.
So gather a few supplies at Lowe’s and get building.
Supplies for DIY Wooden Birdhouse
1 – 3/8 inch dowel rod 8 inches long
1 – 4” diameter perforated PVC pipe cut 5 inches long
2 – #212 eye hooks
1 – 1 X 6 piece of pine cut into 2- 5 1/2 inch X 5 1/2 inch squares
(you may use types of other wood i.e. cedar)
12 inches wire or small chain for hanging
1 – 3/16“ Fir plywood cut into 1- 6” X 8 inch and 1 – 5 13/16” X 8 inch rectangles
Small nails or brads 1” long for assembly
How to build a wooden birdhouse
Measure and cut boards.
You will have a 5″ length of 4″ PVC, 1 – 8″ long 3/8″ dowel, 6 X 8″ roof piece, 5 13/16″ X 8 roof piece, 2- 5 1/2″ pine squares.
Drill 3/8 inch holes in the following pattern on the 5 1/2 inch squares. Use 1 1/4 inch spade bit for the larger hole.
Sand the edges of the pieces.
Now we are ready to hammer! Nail 5 1/2 inch squares flush with the edge of the roof piece (5 13/16” X 8”). Pre-drilling the nail holes will make it easier for children to hammer in the nails.
Overlap other roof piece (6” X 8 “) and nail to top sides of the 5 1/2 inch square.
Place PVC pipe under roof and hold in place by pushing dowel rod through bottom holes. The dowel fits tightly. It can be sanded slightly if needed.
Birds like to have clean homes! The neat part about this birdhouse is that the PVC pipe is perforated to provide air flow and can easily be removed for cleaning.
Screw eye hooks into the roof on each side. Then attach the chain to the eye hooks.
Finished! We are still deciding if we are going to give ours a paint job.
This DIY Birdhouse makes a wonderful handmade gift that is sure to be adored by the recipient and appreciated by birds! Don’t miss these other ideas for Build-It-Yourself Birdhouses from Lowes.
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Disclosure: Lowe’s provided me with a gift card for supplies to build this birdhouse.