How do you make a simple birdhouse? Simple - use a cedar fence picket. Here is a very simple birdhouse plan that can be built for only $2! We've got the step by step tutorial with diagrams and lots of reader submitted photos.
This DIY Birdhouse is a great project as a kids kit and also great for beginner woodworkers! A Bird feeder is the perfect gift or addition for any yard, balcony, porch, tree branch or garden.
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- 1 - 5 1/2" x 1/2" thick cedar fence picket (I used the dogeared 72" long ones)
- 26 - 1 1/4" brad nails OR 1-5/8" star bit trim screws like these
- 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!
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.