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Easy DIY Birdhouse

This birdhouse is so easy to make from scraps, it would be a great afternoon project to make with the kiddos!

Materials needed:

  • Scrap wood
  • DecoArt Patio Paint (I used Tuscan Red & Sunshine Yellow)
  • Gorilla Wood Glue
  • Perch (I used an old cabinet pull)

Tools needed:

  • Saw (I used a compound miter saw)
  • Drill with hole saw & small bit (to install perch)
  • Nailer (or finish nails)
  • Paint Brush

how to easy DIY birdhouse
Because I do a lot of building  I always have many “end” pieces of 1×6’s. I gathered some of these scrap pieces.
easy build birdhouse
To make the pitch on the roof, I set my miter saw at 15 degrees. I have two pieces stacked in this photo.

build a birdhouse from scraps
These are my measurements for the back and the sides.

easy birdhouse tutorial
This is the front of the birdhouse. I used a 1 3/4 inch hole saw to make the doorway. I made the hole 3 1/2 inches from
the bottom.

The measurements of the roof.

The measurements of the floor.

assemble easy birdhouse

I did a dry fit to make sure all the pieces fit together. I marked the  pieces with a pencil so I would know how to glue them.

I used Gorilla Wood Glue to glue the pieces together. After the pieces set up, I added some nails with my nailer.

red birdhouse
The DecoArt patio paints went on very smoothly.

easy diy birdhouse
I did not paint the inside of the birdhouse.

DecoArt patio paint
I prefer to use these kind of “chip” brushes on small projects. They don’t hold a lot of paint, so there is very little waste.

This is my favorite feature of using these small bottles of DecoArt paint. I squirt the paint right onto my wood, then use the chip brush to spread the paint around.

Easy DIY Birdhouse

DIY Birdhouse
It is not shown here, but I used two screws to attach the roof, just in case I need to take the house down to clean it out.

vintage hardware
I searched through my hardware to find a “perch”.

drawer pull perch
I drilled two holes to insert the cabinet handle into the wood.

birdhouse perch
You can see that I added the perch before I installed the roof.

Easy DIY Birdhouse
I drilled two pilot holes and screwed this house right to the tree.

easy diy birdhouse

I am happy to report that I got new residents within 3 days!  The sparrows wasted no time building their nest. It makes me smile when I look out my window at my new birdhouse. I know that the patio paint (because it is an outdoor paint) will last a long time.
This is not the only birdhouse I’ve made, check out the one I made using a license plate for a roof.
Ohhh, there are baby birds!  Watch the video.   :)

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A teacher at heart, Gail relishes the chance not to show off her projects, but to help others find their inner handywoman, step-by-step. Her blog, MyRepurposedLife.com, chronicles her scrap-saving adventures and has been featured on countless DIY magazines and websites, including Women’s Day, Design*Sponge and Apartment Therapy. She is a longtime influencer for both Krylon spray paint and Gorrilla Glue. With a tribe of more than 400,000 followers, Gail is inspiring a new generation of DIYers to pick up some tools and get to work.
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  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s gonna be the best crack-pad for the birds at CS :)

  2. Ok, I guess I will be making some of these with my kids. Actually, I have been wanting to do this, it is a good reminder to just do it.

  3. Thats the cutest birdhouse I have seen….my dad would like this he makes birdhouses. Trish

  4. So cute, I will have to save this one for future building!

  5. Love the red and the perch is sooo cute, and you have birdies that is awesome!

  6. Wow! makes me wish I were a bird! :)

  7. Cute! I love the cabinet pull for the perch!

  8. oh dear that is cute…but so doesn’t look easy to me :) You are such an allstar with a saw!!

  9. I’m so glad you had birds move in right away. I have several houses and one is empty-I think it might need to be moved.


  10. Ahhhh dorable! We need new bird houses. The ones my Daddy built for me when we first moved to our current place have either rotted or been chewed up by the squirrels. I feel another project coming on for the long Memorial Day weekend.

  11. What a lovely birdhouse, and so nice it’s already being used!

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