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How to Build a Beginner Bird House

How to Build a Beginner Bird House- attract songbirds to your yard by building this beginner-friendly birdhouse.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

Your feathered friends are sure to love this nesting box! Last spring I built 3 of these Easy Modern Birdhouses and the birds took to them right away. I decided to add a few more houses this year. I went with a classic design this time. This is a fun, woodworking project that can be made in less than an hour using only one board.

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How to Build a Beginner Bird House

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Supplies needed:

1 X 6 X 8 pine board (or cedar)

Miter saw (I have this one and I love it)

Pencil

Corner clamps (optional, but very helpful)

Nail gun (or wood glue and a hammer and finish nails)

Drill with spade drill bit (the hole size needed for your bird will determine what size spade bit you need)

Lumber cuts

Cut two 1 x 6 x 8-inch boards (front and back)

cut two sides 1 x 6x 4¾ inch (sides)

Cut one 1 x 6 x 4 1/2 inches (bottom)

Next, cut one 1 x 6 x 8 1/2 inch (right side of the roof)

Cut one 1×4 ¾ x 8 1/2 inch for (left side of the roof) 

Birdhouse Plans

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

 Using the measuring tape, find the top center on the front board. Make a mark. Cut from the center mark at 45 degrees on both sides to form a peak. I used the miter saw to cut a 45 degree angle.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

Trace the peak from the front board onto the back board and cut it out.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

After cutting the peaks, the sides will need to be trimmed. Measure the wall height of the front piece against the side. Cut the sides to the correct height.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

Drill the entrance hole on the front of the board using the spade drill bit.

The entrance hole on the birdhouse will determine what birds it will attract. Wrens and Chickadees are both prevalent in my area. Both birds require a 1.25″ opening. This helpful chart will show you what size opening common birds (Bluebirds, Robins, Nuthatches, Woodpeckers, etc) require.

Many birdhouses have perches and they seem like a cute feature. However, after doing some research I found that they’re not recommended. Most cavity-nesting birds can cling to the outside of the box without aid, especially if it’s natural wood. Perches actually help other birds or predators who may harass the nesters.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

Clamp the side walls to the front and attach with either a nail gun or glue and a hammer and nails.

Attach the back of the birdhouse and the bottom piece.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

Nail the roof pieces together at the edge.

How to Build a Beginner Bird House

Nail the roof onto the bird house. Fill the holes with wood filler. I opted to paint the roof with exterior paint, but you can leave the house as-is.

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How to Build a Beginner Bird House

I mounted the birdhouse to a piece of wood and then attached it to a ledge on the fence around my chicken coop. You could also hand a hook (eye hooks) from the back to mount or attach it to a pole.

I love seeing your finished projects! If you enjoyed making this easy DIY birdhouse, or any of my other DIY projects, I’d love to see yours on Instagram, just tag me @ginamicheleblog. Happy DIYing!

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