A simple diy birdhouse is a perfect project to get ready for spring. Here is a simple plan to make your very own birdhouse that will give your feathered friends a warm welcome to your yard. This is a great project for kids with adult help.
Your new friends will also need a snack to keep them happy and I’ve got some simple bird feeder ideas that will do the trick!
So gather a few supplies at Lowe’s and get building this sweet little nest box.
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 the other roof piece (6” X 8 “) and nail it 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 airflow 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, but it is ready to hang from a tree.
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.
Beautiful little house bird!
Excellent site. Lots of useful information here. I’m sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks for your effort!
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.
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.
Thanks! I just included in a blog post I published on Woodworking Projects for Kids – great recommendations for a bird house 🙂
Great Idea Darlene!
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.
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.
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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