Pallet Projects: Birdhouses

Two Birdhouses With One Pallet

Two birds with one stone or two bird houses from one one pallet?  These reclaimed pallet wood birdhouses are durable and have rustic charm.
Two birds with one stone or two bird houses from one one pallet? These reclaimed pallet wood birdhouses are durable and have rustic charm. | Source

Pallet Projects : Pallet Recycling

I love to use pallets to build things. Re-using a nice pallet is satisfying for several reasons. First, I like to have projects and materials are expensive. I like to have something to do when I get bored and its not also right for me to go out and spend a bunch of money on a hobby or project. Second is because its an applied form of recycling. I am saving something from the landfill or the side of the road where it will be a nuisance to everyone.

What Is Pallet Recycling?

Pallet recycling doesn't necessarily mean taking them to the recycling center where they can be put back into the system. First, there is not a pallet recycling center. Some businesses, like Wal-Mart, have a system in place for re-using and re-cycling their pallets. For the rest of us it usually means the trash and the junk yard. A growing number of people around the world have discovered and tapped into the resource that pallets present to hobbyist, builders and Do-It-Yourselfer's. Pallets present the crafty person with a whole host of building opportunities. Some are merely utilitarian but others offer the chance for creativity that crosses over into folk art.

Bluebird Houses Are Easy To Build

I started with these small five inch boxes.  My bird house design uses two boxes, a back board and a roof assembly.
I started with these small five inch boxes. My bird house design uses two boxes, a back board and a roof assembly. | Source

Easy To Build Bluebird House

This bluebird house is easy to build from reclaimed pallet wood.  This one is a mix of yellow pine and red oak.
This bluebird house is easy to build from reclaimed pallet wood. This one is a mix of yellow pine and red oak. | Source

How To Build A Blue Bird House

This blue bird house is really easy to build and looks really good when I use reclaimed pallet wood for the materials. I can usually get 3-4 bird houses out of each pallet, depending on size and condition. I start out by making two square boxes with five inch inside dimensions. For each box you need to cut

  • 1x 5 inch square (bottom)
  • 2x5 inch long (sides)
  • 2x6 1/2 (sides)

Each birdhouse uses two boxes. To save time and material I usually build one box with a bottom for the floor and one without. To assemble the birdhouse you will need these items:

  • 1 back board, 2-3 feet long
  • The two boxes you made previously
  • Two roof triangles (6 1/2 inch base, 45° angle)
  • Two roof pieces ( 6 1/2 inches long, at least 5 inches wide with a 22 1/2° angle on one 6 1/2 inch side)
  • 1 1/2 deck screws
  • 1 hinge
  • 2 bottle caps
  • piece of wire

Assemble Your Bluebird House

I recommend drilling pilot holes for all the assembly.

  1. Start with the back board and attach one of the boxes to it making sure to leave enough room to build the roof on one side and few inches extra. If you made one box without a bottom this is the one you want to start with.
  2. Next, begin assembling the roof by attaching one of the roof triangle to the back board. Make sure the roof triangle is centered on the box and snugged down to it. Next attach the other triangle to the front side of the box.
  3. At this point it is time to attach the roof pieces to the top of the house. Be sure to make the front roof triangle flush with the rest of the house. The two edges with the angled cuts should match up at the peak of the house.
  4. Now attach the bottom of the house to the top with the hinge. Make sure the bottom can swing free and matches up with the top of the house. On the side opposite the hinge I make a closure by attaching two bottle caps and a piece of wire.

Easy Mounting Bluebird House

I mount these birdhouses with a piece of sisal rope I push through two holes in the mounting board.   Then I tie the birdhouse to a tree, post or to this deck support without any damage.
I mount these birdhouses with a piece of sisal rope I push through two holes in the mounting board. Then I tie the birdhouse to a tree, post or to this deck support without any damage. | Source

Easy And Low Impact Bird House Mounting

I have made mounting the birdhouse very easy. By drilling two holes in each end of the bird house mounting board you can run a piece of rope through. Then use the rope to tie the bird house to a tree, pole or anything else you can find that is suitable for hosting a family of birds.

Birdhouses Make Great Gifts

Bluebird houses make great gifts. Anyone you know with a yard and a love of nature will get lots of enjoyment out of one. So far I have given one of my bluebird houses to each of my two nieces, my dad, my sister and a few friends. So far they have all reported birds nesting in the boxes the very first season.

Easy To Clean Bird House Design

The side hinge design makes the birdhouse easy to clean.  Just make sure the entry hole for the bird house is 5-6 inches above the floor.
The side hinge design makes the birdhouse easy to clean. Just make sure the entry hole for the bird house is 5-6 inches above the floor. | Source

Bluebird House Specifications And Dimensions

Bluebirds are one of the prettiest backyard birds in North America. With a little help from a good bluebird house it is easy to coax them into your yard. A properly built bluebird house will entice families to nest by offering a clean, properly sized nesting cavity out of reach of predators.

  • The inside dimension of the house should be 5 inches square. It's ok if it's a little bigger or smaller but this is the dimension most recommended by bird and nature store specialist.
  • They say not to paint your birdhouse but I have not noticed a difference. Houses of mine that are painted get just as much use as unpainted ones. I do not paint the insides, just the outside.
  • The entry hole should be 1 1/2 inches in diameter. This is big enough for the bluebirds but too small for other birds that may be interested in the nesting site. If the hole becomes enlarged over time through use then simply replace the front panel and drill a new hole.
  • The entry hole should be at least 4 inches of the floor of the house. I put mine at a 5 1/2 center from the floor bottom.
  • Place your bluebird house on a pole or tree about 4-6 feet off the ground. Bluebirds like lightly wooded areas with some open spaces.
  • If some other species uses the nest simply plug up the hole until they move on to some other location.

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TMHughes 4 years ago from Asheville, NC Author

Indeed! It's one of my plans this winter, make a few more houses! I also make chairs, they're pretty cool.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Reusing pallets to make birdhouses is a fabulous idea. Anytime is a good time to see more about recycling pallets!

Your how-to hub on making and mounting bluebird houses would be neat to use throughout the winter in order to be ready for spring birds.

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