How to Make a Bluebird House

What You'll Need
A 1-by-6 inch cedar or pinewood board, 4 feet long
Measuring tape
Handsaw or compound miter saw
3/8-inch drill bits
Hammer and nails
Light gray or tan paint
Pencil or crayon
Gloves and safety goggles

A great way to attract the magnificently colored bluebird to your garden is to make and mount a bluebird house. This outdoor project takes a few hours to build and is less expensive than purchasing one from the store. Once completed and installed, it can provide you countless hours of enjoyment.  

Follow these steps to make a special house for your feathered friends.  

Step 1 – Front and Sides

To make one of the side pieces and the front of your bluebird house, measure 2 8-inch pieces from your board and cut them off, using a handsaw or a compound miter saw. Measure and cut another piece from the board that is about 7 1/4 inches. This will make the second shorter side with enough room to pivot.  

Step 2 – Roof and Floor

Measure and mark 8 ½  inches from the board and cut it carefully to make the roof and another 4-inch piece for the floor of the house. Measure another 11-inch piece from the board and cut it to make the back.  

Step 3 – Drill Holes

Using a drill, make 4 ¼-inch holes in the bottom piece for drainage. Using the 3/8-inch drill bit, drill 2 holes at the top of both the side pieces for ventilation.

Measure down about 2 inches from the top of your front piece and make an X in the center. Saw or drill a 1½-inch hole through the board to serve as an entryway. Use sandpaper to sand the hole lightly in order to make it smooth.  

Step 4 – Nail the Structure Together

Attach the back piece to the floor piece by nailing them together. Nail the longer side piece to the structure. Place the structure on the ground to align all the pieces and nail the front piece. Attach the shorter sidepiece, leaving 1/8-inch space from the top.

Your structure will resemble a roofless house. Nail the roof to the stationary side at the top, but leave it unattached at the pivoting side.  

Step 5 – Lock the Bluebird House

Drill a hole from the front of the house into the pivoting side, keeping it close to the bottom of the piece of wood. This will help you lock the side by inserting a nail in and out of it.  

Step 6 – Finish Up

Remove any splinters and smooth away any sharp edges. Painting is not necessary, but you can paint it either light gray or tan to protect it from the weather and help you locate it easily. Mount your bluebird house 6 to 7 feet high and face the front of it toward the nearest shrub or tree.