You can build this cedar birdhouse for $2! The secret? Use a cedar fence picket. We've got the step by step plans with diagrams and lots of reader submitted photos.
Makes a good kids kit project too, perfect for a gift or fun group project. Also check out our easy to build $1 Modern Cedar Birdhouse Plans.
1 - 5 1/2" x 1/2" thick cedar fence picket (I used the dogeared 72" long ones)
1 1/4" finish nails
Glue suitable for cedar
Cut from the Cedar Fence Picket:
2 - 7 1/4" (front and back - longest point, cut the top corners off at a 45 degree angle to make a house shape)
2 - 4 1/4" (side walls - these are just a tiny bit short to allow venting inside birdhouse)
3 - 8 1/2" (floor and roof pieces. Also rip 1/2" off one edge (cutting with the grain the long way) of one board for the shorter roof piece - see step 4)
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 the floor to the back wall, with back edges flush.
Attach side walls to back wall and floor.
Attach front wall to sides and floor. Note that I drilled the whole afterwards with a 2" bit.
One of the roof pieces needs to be 1/2" (or thickness of the fence pickets) less in width than the other since the overlap. Rip 1/2" off one long side (cutting with the grain) on one of the roof pieces. Attach to front and back top edges.
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.