How to Make a Bird House

Making a bird house can be a great do it yourself project for the whole family. It's a very easy project that really only involves some basic tools. The bird house is truly the wood working classic. Its usually the first wood working project a child is ever taught in school. With these simple steps. You can just run down to your local hardware store and grab the tools and materials. Some thing like Home Depot should be the one stop shop for all needed items. Here is a list:

Materials & Tools

  • One 1" x 8" cedar board 8 feet long (you’ll have enough to make at least two)
  • 1" Forstner bit or hole saw.
  • Waterproof wood glue.
  • Bar clamps.
  • 1-1/4" decking or galvanized screws.
  • 1/2" galvanized pipe flange and short screws.
  • 1/2" galvanized pipe.
  • Screwdriver.


1. Begin by choosing a nice dry, straight 1" × 8" cedar board at the lumberyard or home center and cut it to the following sizes and multiples:

  • Sides: Two pieces cut to 4" x 3-1/2"
  • Floor: One piece cut to 5" x 3-1/4"
  • Right roof: One piece cut to 4-3/4" x 7"
  • Left roof: One piece cut to 5-1/2" x 7"
  • Front and back: Two pieces cut to 5" x 8"

Note: You should have seven cut pieces in total

2. Cut the front and the back to create a “traditional” angled-roof house shape. Draw a line down the center and cut at 45° towards the sides to create a five-sided polygon. Then drill a 1" in the front, about 2/3 of the way from the floor; the exact placement is up to you.

3. Begin assembling by placing the floor on a flat surface, with the rough side facing up. Add the front and back and the sides, with the rough part facing in. Apply glue to all joined surfaces,clamp, and allow to dry.

4. After the glue has cured, screw the pipe flange into the bottom using shorter screws. Attach the roof pieces with a butt joint and screw together at 90°. Center the roof on the house and use screws and pilot holes to attach the roof to the front and back only. This will allow the roof to be easily removed for cleaning.

Now that the bird house is complete the next step is selecting the right spot to put the bird house. When selecting the the area its usually nice to have it in a garden. That way it fits into the surrounding décor and isn't just by itself in the middle of a yard. Another nice area would be on the edge of a wood line. Ideally you do not want to bird house sticking out too much. More then one bird house can be made to attract more bird and also more then one type of bird.

The great thing about these bird houses is how customizable they are. Once complete the pipe and wood are completely available to customize. You could paint them to fit into the surrounding area more or you could let the kids completely paint the entire thing in a fun and entertaining manor. Remember something that sticks out is always a great conversation piece.