Free plans to build a modern birdhouse from a cedar fence picket! Make a DIY kit and gift it!
Also check out our traditional cedar birdhouse plans here.
1/2 of a cedar fence picket measuring 5 1/2" wide x 1/2" thick
1 1/4" nails or screws wood glue suitable for exterior applications and oily wood
Cut from the cedar fence picket the following:
2 – 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”(top/bottom)
2 – 5 1/2” x 4 3/4” (sides)
1 – 5 1/2” x 5” (front)
1 – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2” (back)
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Attach sides to front.
Keep back edges flush and attach top and bottom to sides and front. Overhang is approximately 1/4" on front and sides, no overhang on back.
Then attach back to main house and cut holes for front door and hanging.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.