These DIY Birdhouses are not only super cute, they are also great recycling projects. In fact, most of these DIY Birdhouses will require that you epicycle some materials in your house that may already be on their way to the trash.
These birdhouses provide protection when trees and bushes aren’t working for nests and also add a fun decorative element to your yard. Things to consider are the birdhouse materials, the location you’ll place it, the size, location and circumference of the bird hole, and the birdhouse’s ability to be cleaned.
With so many to choose from, here are our 30 favorite birdhouses for your every birding need.
1. DIY Birdhouse with a Pretty Penny Roof
Having a cute little birdhouse hanging in your garden can really make the place feel homely. There are lots on the market that you can buy ready-made and decorated, which are cute but can be expensive. If you are here at Crafting News it’s because you love to make things so why buy when you can make a really distinctive birdhouse of your own – literally for pennies!
Get the kids involved and let them help you to paint and decorate the birdhouse – but watch out with the glue and make sure they wear gloves to stop their fingers sticking together! Same for the grown ups too.
You will need:
A birdhouse ready made or a DIY kit
A stash of old pennies (did you know that you can buy them if you don’t have enough?)
Paint for your choice of color or finish
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Here’s a great DIY project to get the kids involved. They can help make the little bird houses and finish them off by adding a coat or two of color stain. If using saws and drills is a bit too much for you then I’ve included some Amazon bird house kits that just need glueing or nailing together before you can decorate. I know, sometimes there just isn’t the time! So enjoy both options.
What you’ll need:
3 boards of 6′ x 8″ cedar fence board (dog eared top is ok)
1 – 1/2″ wooden dowel
1 roll 10″ aluminum flashing
Snips for cutting metal
1″ or bigger brad nails/or an Arrow electric brad nailer
table saw (makes it easier for some cuts, but only required for making shingles)
A couple of packages of wooden shims (for shingles if no table saw)
2 1/4″ hole saw and a drill
Arrow T50 stapler
T50 9/16″ Arrow staples
T50 3/8″ Arrow staples
Behr paint stain samples (in colors of your choice)
These birdhouse plans are for architecture enthusiasts that also love to ave birds nesting on their property. They are also ideal for non-woodworking DIYers out there because you only need a few key tools to complete this project. In the end, you’ll have a mid-century modern birdhouse that’s sure to be a conversation piece in your yard.
This popsicle stick birdhouse is great for those of us who can’t afford to be managing our pets 24/7. Simply string it up in your backyard and put some seeds inside, and you will be surprised by the number of birds that flock to your backyard.
Whether you are simply trying to make a home for your bird or are trying to attract more, this birdhouse is simple and easy for anyone to make.
5. Build A One-Board DIY Birdhouse by Birds And Blooms
Birds don’t require fancy designs when they’re choosing a meeting site. This simple DIY birdhouse is made from a single pine board and required only a few tools to assemble. Learn how to build a birdhouse yourself and save your money for bird seed!
For beginner woodworkers, a birdhouse might be one of the first things they learn how to make. Constructing a basic wooden birdhouse is a relatively simple process once you know how to do it. Likewise, this particular house is so easy to make, that you’re encouraged to have your kids help you along with the project.
Gardeners that plant gourds will appreciate this birdhouse DIY. Simply dry out a gourd by leaving it outside for several months. By the time Spring comes, the gourd will be ready to be cleaned and emptied, since all of its contents should be dried out. Make a hole large enough for a bird near the bottom of the gourd, then hang from a tree using heavy duty string or twine.
8. Toilet Paper Roll Birdhouses by Rhythms Of Play
Make this birdhouse craft with your children for your Easter tree, or, as an easy spring craft project. This birdhouse ornament craft can also be made for the Christmas tree. If you like turning trash into a treasure, you will love this simple toilet paper roll craft.
Use chalkboard paint and chalk markers to make a fun, colorful birdhouse. You’ll want to use a spray sealer if you plan to hang your birdhouse outside. There are so many ways you can decorate this one and so many colors you can use, just let your imagination run free.
This DIY birdhouse is not only useful for these little buddies but it’s also a nice pop of color in the back yard. And it doesn’t get any easier than this! Just use an old milk carton instead of throwing it away (great recycling idea by the way!), cut a hole for the door, paint it in the colors of choice, decorate if you will, fill the bottom with some straws or hay if you have any to make it even more inviting and friendly and then hang your easy birdhouse in a tree.
This milk carton birdhouse is so easy and simple to make, kids will have tons of fun helping you make it!
12. DIY Christmas Village Birdhouses by Made With Happy
Looking for a simple and colorful Christmas Village display for the kids? Then this DIY Christmas Village Birdhouses have you covered! And you can add miniature Christmas ornaments, tea lights and all the other fun things to bring this village to life.
This birdhouse requires no nails! In fact, you don’t even need glue! Instead, this birdhouse uses Scotch Extreme Mounting Tape and Fasteners to keep everything together, which cuts the time to build this in half. To add a more rustic feel to the project, try to find some old beat up hardware for the perch.
14. Nesting Shelf DIY Birdhouse by Birds And Blooms
Some birds are less likely to use nesting boxes, preferring instead the shelter of natural trees or even the overhang of a roof. You can still encourage these birds to nest in your yard, attracting cardinals, robins, mourning doves and more by offering an open-fronted nesting shelter.
Kids can design and build a birdhouse using a cardboard or plastic milk carton. Let kids design and build a birdhouse using found materials. This kind of problem-solution thinking builds engineering skills and gives kids experience with how things work. And the finished product gives them a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Have you always loved the look of wooden bird houses but you prefer a more natural look to very neat, very harshly cut wood that sits straight and looks smooth? Then we think perhaps you might enjoy this awesome driftwood bird house that embraces the natural knots and curves in the wood rather than sanding them down.
17. How To Make A DIY Birdhouse by First Day Of Home
With spring right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to perfect your woodworking skills with these easy DIY birdhouse plans! These plans are made as simple as possible with the beginner in mind. If all you own is a hand saw and a drill, you can do this project.
Whether you’re looking for ideas for rustic wedding centerpieces, baby showers or just for your own home decor, this birdhouse village is one to try. Your party guests can even take these painted birdhouses home as part of their thank-you gift!
19. DIY Birdhouse Using Birch And Old Signs by Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor
If you enjoy decorating with cute bird figurines, you may also like some decorative bird houses. Bird houses are easy to make and can be very inexpensive. Small birch logs or any other logs are perfect for making a DIY birdhouse. Although logs are rustic in and of themselves, there are ways to make a decorative birdhouse even more rustic.
By combining an old teapot with a drawer, this blogger created a whimsical birdhouse ready for some nesting. First, she hung the pot from twine using the drawer handle holes. Next, she glued the thrifted teapot to the back of the drawer. Finally, she glued the top of the teapot to the bottom of the drawer to act as a landing perch.
These Eco-friendly architectural dwellings are sure to impress the birds and your neighbors and friends.These birdhouses are designed by putting into good use the fallen tree stumps that lay around neglected. This simple but effective design is sure to impress many to try a DIY birdhouse for themselves!
Live roofs or green roofs are really popular for birdhouses and are relatively simple to create. To convert an existing birdhouse, add trim around the roof line to create a cavity. From there, plant greenery that has shallow root systems.
Inspired by that pleasant backyard surprise, make your own bright little birdhouse that’s hiding a surprise! And almost every piece of this happy home is a recycled supply – right down to the nest and baby birds inside – so you don’t have to run out to buy a thing!
Because this birdhouse slides open and closed, it can be used again and again for play or bird-themed creation and art-making. Your kiddos can make different types of birds or decorated eggs to tuck inside, use it to stash other kinds of spring surprises, or even turn it into their own DIY nightlight.
This Junk Store Birdhouse is cheap garden decor you’ll be proud to show off. This handmade birdhouse is made with various odds and ends, giving it a unique look and whimsical feel. Aren’t those little button flowers the cutest?
The DIY Birdhouse that you make doesn’t have to be hanging or perched on top of a post. This flower pot idea, for example, will give you a birdhouse resting right in your porch. Not only does this look beautiful, it doubles as a stand for a planter, too. Great, right?
For this sleek, ultra-cheap DIY birdhouse, the starting point was a glass, globe-shaped lampshade. Making your own requires nothing more than $12 in supplies. That includes the drawer knob that helps anchor the rope used to hang the finished project from a sturdy tree branch.
If you’ve got basic woodworking skills and these detailed step-by-step instructions, you can assemble a log cabin-style DIY birdhouse like this one. Even more than the red-painted roof and mini front porch, what clinches its charm are the halved branches that clad the structure and form its unique look.