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How to Make a BirdBox or Birdhouse

Updated on January 21, 2015

Lets Make Beautiful Birdhouses for Birds {How to Build a Birdbox and Birdhouse Plans}

How about building a beautiful Birdhouse for our little winged friends. On this page you will find birdbox and Birdhouse plans and see how you can easily build your own bird boxes. Along with great examples and suggestions to make birdhouses. Making bird boxes is a great activity for adults and kids alike. It is it fun easy and it is a great way to attract and encourage birds to your garden. Creating Safe nestboxes for the birds and wildlife that are around our Gardens is a wonderful way to do our bit for the environment and nature.

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Easy to Build Bird Boxes and Bird Houses

Easy to understand diagrams, talks about birdhouse types for each birds, basic construction to how you can build your birdhouse to blend into your surroundings. This is easily the best how to build a birdhouse book out there.

EASY birdhouse
EASY birdhouse

Building a birdbox or Birdhouse

What you need

Making your own birdhouse needs minimal joinery skills, making this an excellent project for getting the kids involved in, and makes an excellent introduction into wood crafts and joinery skills. You also do not need a workshop full of state of the art machines.I get asked a lot to go into the local schools and helping the kids to make simple bird boxes. We have great fun creating these birdhouses, and by using simple plans and dimensions, make this activity not only fun but a great learning tool for the children. that help to keep their feathered friends safe and warm through the cold winter months.

We have great fun, and have got some fantastic ideas, like recycling these terracotta plant holders into cool birdhouses

See how to make this HERE



cordless Drill

Strightedge ruler

Good selection of exterior grade nails/screws

and some felted protection for the lid or we usually ask for the kids to bring in otherwise wasted inner tubes from their bike wheels

how to make a birdhouse
how to make a birdhouse

Dimmensions of the Holes for a Birdhouse

what size does the birdhouse hole need to be?

If you are trying to attract different types of Birds to your garden, then you can consider making the entrance holes to these dimensions. this means that if you choose to make the entrance smaller this will only house the smaller birds as they can only fit through.

Basic Dimensions for Birds

25 mm for coal, marsh and blue tits

28 mm for great tits and tree sparrows

32 mm for nuthatches and house

A starling sparrows box needs to be 25-30% large with an entrance 45 mm across.

Building a Birdhouse - some dos' and dont's

  • make sure the wood you use is at least 2cm thick, this helps with insulation and warping or splitting of the wood
  • With the excpetion of the entrance hole the other dimensions are only a guide
  • Birds do not like wobbly boxes, so make sure yours is securely affixed to the tree, fence
  • Position of the birdhouse needs to be carefully thought of. Make sure it is not too exposed to the elements, ie. the entrance not in the wind, or facing upwards, so rain could get in

    Height generally 2 meters to meters in height off ground level, thinking about predators who could access it (cats etc)

  • If making more than 1 box, make sure there is enough distance between each birdbox, usually 10 meters apart.

Birdbox or Birdhouse - I call it a Birdbox but others call it a bird house it Birdbox or birdhouse?

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FREE Birdhouse birdbox Plans

How to make a Birdhouse
How to make a Birdhouse

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Crochet Bird pattern - Birdhouse designs
Crochet Bird pattern - Birdhouse designs

Creative Designs for your Birdhouse

Crochet Bird Tutorial

Decorate your bird house how you like and if you know someone who crochets, how about getting them to crochet a bird

See the Full Crochet Bird Patterns HERE

Amazing Birdhouses and Birboxes to Buy - A delightful birdhouse for the birdies

Some of the birdhouses available to buy are just gorgeous, I bet your back yard birds will love living in these

We love hearing what our readers have to say, do you have a favourite birdhouse design? let us know it could get featured here

© 2012 Lisa Auch

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    • katiecolette profile image


      5 years ago

      We have a few bird feeders and a birdhouse, and I tell you, we have birds by the house at all times: cardinals, blue jays, humming birds, and quite a few other kinds of birds, not sure what they are. Also, our bunny lives outside, and he is very good about throwing his food out of the cage and sharing it with any takers, so that helps a lot :) Squirrels and birds love him!! :))

    • meganst profile image


      6 years ago

      I love DIY projects, and I will certainly try your suggestions :)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      From where I come we call that Birdhouse

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      These are so wonderful to have in the garden.

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      Niagara Ghosts 

      6 years ago

      My children have made me a few and I treasure each one!

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      Lora Riley 

      6 years ago

      Birds would love them at our house.

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      6 years ago

      @purpleslug: Sorry but that did make me laugh

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      6 years ago

      My husband spent a lot of time building one and he was so proud of it. About a week after he nailed it to a tree, lightening hit the tree and split the house in half.

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      tfsherman lm 

      6 years ago

      These look like a lot of fun! My grandson would love to make one when he's older.

    • zentao profile image


      6 years ago

      Some great looking birdhouses. I love the creativity of making great looking bird houses on your own!


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