Build a Birdhouse in 4 Steps

triangular birdhouse on a wooden workshop table
  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-80
What You'll Need
2-foot by 4-foot by 1/2-inch thick weather resistant plywood
6 1/2-inch by 1/4-inch dowel rod
6 3/4-inch stainless steel screws
Wood Glue
Spray Polyurethane
Electric Drill
Measuring Square
Tape Measure

If you are a bird enthusiast, or just want to spruce up your garden, then building a bird house makes for a great afternoon craft project. A basic birdhouse can be completed in several hours and for very little money and the following steps will do just that.

Step 1 - The Plans

In order to create a bird house it's important to have a set of plans. On your paper measure out the following: 2 5-inch by 6 1/2-inch (sides), 6 1/2-inch by 6 1/4-inch (floor), 6 1/2-inch by 9 1/4-inch (roof #1), 6-inch by 9 1/4-inch (roof #2), 2 6 1/2-inch by 8 5/8-inch (front and back), and 2 5 1/2-inch x 1/2-inch (floor attachment rails). Next, on both the front and back pieces measure 5 1/4-inch up from the bottom then connect them to form a point.

open sided bird feeder hanging from a tree

Step 2 - Cutting out the Wood

With your plans in hand you can now start creating the elements of your bird house. First, carefully cut out each element from the paper. Next, place your paper templates on top of the plywood and trace them with a pencil. Now, use the saw and remove each piece, when all are cut away begin sanding away the rough edges. Next, drill a hole with a 1 1/2-inch diameter in the center of the piece you are using as the front just where the slant begins. Now, drill a 1/4-inch hole 1/2-inch below the one you just drilled.

cutting a hole in a wooden bird house

Step 3 - Assembling the Bird House

First, you need to line up, glue and nail the floor attachment rails to the inside of the front and back pieces making sure they are evenly lined up and centered. Next, line a side piece up to the front piece and glue then nail it in to place. Attach the second side in the same manner then add the back piece. Now, attach the shorter roof piece (it measures six inches) and attach that to the bird house so that the edge lines up with the peak.

Next, install the second roof panel in the same way but allow this panel to overlap the first roof panel. Now, turn the bird house over and place the floor on the bottom and screw it in to place. Finally, put a drop of wood glue around the bottom portion of the dowel rod and insert it in to the 1/4-inch hole so that the dowel rod juts out from the front of the bird house in order to act as a perch.

a man in an apron assembling a bird house

Step 4 - Painting

When painting your birdhouse keep in mind that certain birds are attracted to certain colors. Ask a local professional about the local bird population and what to paint the birdhouse in order to attract them. Once you have painted the birdhouse, spray on a layer or two of polyurethane in order to seal and protect the color.