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DIY Birdhouse

Posted by  ·  March 29, 2012  ·  Last Updated: March 29, 2012

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.

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  1. Jeff Whittemore
    Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
    I was wondering about the interior of the PVC getting really warm on a hot summer day. Have you had any feedback regarding that issue.

    I am a middle school science teacher and I really like your design. We do a manufacturing project at the end of the year and I think this project would work nicely.

    • Cindy
      Monday, April 29th, 2019
      Jeff, I haven't. We have used ours for awhile and don't see any problems. Maybe make sure it is hung in a shady area.
  2. Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
    Thanks! I just included in a blog post I published on Woodworking Projects for Kids - great recommendations for a bird house :)

  3. Bobby Saint
    Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
    I like that you provided some basic step by step instructions on how to build your own wooden birdhouse. The materials you used especially the plywood and PVC pipe surely would make a very durable birdhouse that could last for many years to come. How I only wish I was as creative as you are when building one. For now, I will probably just have to shop around and see what's currently available for purchase online. Thanks for sharing this, though.
    Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
    Just a suggestion. May have already been suggested. We have squirrels and larger birds that love to move in the bird houses. A metal hole cover that surrounds the outer edge of the opening can be made or purchased to stop other critters from trying to enlarge the hole so they can move in.
    • Cindy
      Thursday, January 4th, 2018
      Great Idea Darlene!
  5. Monday, September 4th, 2017
    Thank you so much for sharing these plans. This is a great, easy woodworking project for children or beginning woodworkers. I've added it to our list of 5 easy woodworking projects for beginners with a link back to this post. I'm sure my readers will love it! Thanks again!
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  11. Sunday, August 14th, 2016
    Beautifulbird house!
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  12. Friday, March 18th, 2016
    Excellent info here, I am currently doing some research and found exactly what I was looing for.a>
  13. ergun
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
    Great bird house. I can lern and useful to make my own one.Nice woodworking.Tanks for interesting tips
  14. Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015
    I really liked the bird house. It looks beautiful and easy to setup.
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  16. Sunday, October 25th, 2015
    Thanks for sharing great tips. Our family really loves feeding bird, will make one for our doves soon.
  17. Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
    Great bird houses! I can learn something useful to make my own one. Thanks for interesting tips
  18. Ed
    Friday, July 31st, 2015
    This is nice. I have about 40 birdhouse plans, including cages and feeders etc. I build different outdoor products for sale11 and like and like getting new ideas. It would be nice for printer friendly plans that are complete to make. I also use my own ideas, but am willing to learn from others.
  19. its never birdhouse- birdhouse is life
    Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
    Wow-wee Wow-wee! Well eat my shorts! My kids made this birdhouse, and their only in their 30s!
  20. Saturday, January 11th, 2014
    Some useful tips in here, everything you need to put together a great bird house. Thanks for sharing.
  21. Monday, January 6th, 2014
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  22. Joana
    Saturday, March 31st, 2012
    Passing this along to my son who is soon to be a new science teacher---what a great project to do with kids!
  23. Lisa
    Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    Didn't your boys sell something like these?
  24. Jenny
    Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    So cute - oh, yes, and the birdhouse too! Now, the little builder has done a fabulous job and she is the cutest model ever! Great idea for kids and the birds will love their new home. If she paints it, please post pix for us! ;-)
  25. Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    Really cute bird house... I'll have to try this...thanks =)

  26. Thursday, March 29th, 2012
    Great idea! Our kids just made one too- well, the Dollar Tree made it, they painted it! CUTE!