This easy DIY birdhouse is quick and fun to make from scraps, it would be a great afternoon project to make with the kiddos!
Materials needed to make a simple birdhouse
- Scrap wood
- DecoArt Patio Paint (I used Tuscan Red & Sunshine Yellow)
- Gorilla Wood Glue
- Perch (I used an old cabinet pull)
- Saw (I used a compound miter saw)
- Drill with hole saw & small bit (to install perch)
- Nail gun (or finish nails)
- Paint Brush
Use scrap wood for this easy project
Because I do a lot of building I always have many “end” pieces of 1x6’s. I gathered some of these scrap pieces.
To make the pitch on the roof, I set my miter saw at 15 degrees. I have two pieces stacked in this photo.
Measurements for Easy DIY Birdhouse
These are my measurements for the back and the sides.
This is the front of the birdhouse. I used a 1 ¾ inch hole saw to make the doorway. I made the hole 3 ½ inches from
The measurements of the roof.
The measurements of the floor.
I did a dry fit to make sure all the pieces fit together. While the pieces were in place, I marked them with a pencil so I would know how to glue them.
Assembling your project
Gorilla Wood Glue was used to glue the pieces together. After the pieces set up, I added some finish nails with my nail gun.
Use Patio Paint
The DecoArt patio paints went on very smoothly.
I did not paint the inside of the birdhouse.
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.
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.
NOTE: attach perch before securing the roof.
I searched through my hardware to find a “perch”.
I drilled two holes to insert the cabinet handle into the wood.
Looking down into the easy diy birdhouse. You can see that I added the perch before I installed the roof.
I drilled two pilot holes and screwed this house right to the tree.
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!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.