Birdhouse Tutorials & Plans

Whether you’re wanting something simple that’s more suited for beginner woodworkers or a project that’s a little more advanced and decorative, this collection of birdhouse tutorials has you covered. Lots of ideas in this bunch, some including free plans to download and most can be made with recycled items and scraps of wood you likely already have on hand so the cost is minimal. Have fun!

Coffee Can & Wood Scraps: Made a recycled coffee can and scraps of wood, super easy to clean at the end of season: just slip out the dowel and empty the can.

Modern: Designed as a classic mid-century modern ranch home, includes cutting diagram and how-to video.

Simple: Takes about an hour to make using scraps of fencing and is sized for small birds such as wrens, chickadees and bluebirds.

One Board: Cutting list and plans are included. Provides suggested measurements for entrance hole and height for bluebirds, great crested flycatcher, nuthatch and redheaded woodpecker.

PVC Pipehouse: PVC is great for birdhouses since it’s weatherproof, items needed include a spiral saw, miter box & saw, scrap wood and silicone adhesive.

Bark Exterior: Pieces of slab wood with attached bark decorate the outer part of the house.

Windmill: Made with assorted recycled items such as barn and fence boards, glass door knob, copper sheets, door face plate and more.

Pallet Wood: Lots of tips for decorating and embellishing along with a tutorial for making a birdhouse with repurposed wood from pallets.

Gourd Birdhouse Tutorial: Tips for cleaning, painting and cutting a dried gourd, turning it into a lovely birdhouse. Also see this tutorial for more ideas.

Teapot: Includes plan diagram to download (jpg file), tutorial and teapot face pattern template (made with wood).

Backyard Birdhouse: Cutting list and shopping list provided. Also lists basic dimensions needed for assorted birds (chickadees, swallows, warblers, starlings, bluebirds, etc.).

Stone: Details step-by-step how to make your own including tips for choosing materials to use.

Bucket Version: Here’s a charming “condo” made with a plastic bucket, a bit of wood and topped with a coconut fiber lined basket planted with a few succulents.

Also see these project ideas:

  • Rustic: Embellished with colorful twigs.
  • How to Decoupage: Transform plain wooden houses with pretty decoupaged designs.
  • Mosaic: Cover the outside of a plain wooden house with colorful tiles.

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