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30 DIY Birdhouse Plans You Can Build Today

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Birdhouses are one of the greatest woodworking projects to take on. They’re perfect for building with a niece, nephew, or grandchild. You can learn how to build a bird house in many different designs, sized for different types of birds. Best of all, once it’s finished, you get to hang it outside and watch one or many avian guests move in.

If you’re looking to build a birdhouse project, then we’ve got 30 great options for you. These simple birdhouse plans will allow you to build a birdhouse in an afternoon. Pick a design that really appeals to you and enjoy the process. Soon, a feathered friend will be thankful for your hard work.

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1. Bluebird Birdhouses

These birdhouses for bluebirds are simple to build and look great. You’ll only need a basic set of tools to build them, making this an accessible project for just about everyone.


2. Birdhouse Manor

This incredible birdhouse is not for the faint of heart. It’s a much larger project than your average birdhouse, meant to take birdhouse-building to the next level. Build this if you want to create something truly noteworthy for the birds in your neighborhood.


3. Easy DIY Birdhouse Plans

One of the best things about birdhouses is that they’re incredibly simple to build, but this easy DIY birdhouse takes it to the next level. You can easily put this together in an hour or two, and it’s a great first project for the young aspiring woodworker.


4. Simple Wood Birdhouse

Something can be simple and great at the same time, such as this simple wood birdhouse. It might be a simple design, but it’s also effective and attractive. Add a coat of stain and you’ll have birds fighting to take up residence in your birdhouse.


5. Birdhouse from a Single Pine Board

These plans show you how to build another extremely simple but time-tested birdhouse. It’s a classic design that requires only a few items to build. Perfect for fledgling woodworkers, this birdhouse won’t require many pre-existing skills.


6. Log Cabin Birdhouse

Stepping away from some of the simpler designs, this set of plans will help you build a birdhouse that looks like a log cabin. There’s even a video to help walk you through the process. It’s a bit more involved than some of the other plans on this list, but the results are also more impressive.


7. Outhouse Birdhouse

This is the birdhouse to build if you’ve got a sense of humor. Rather than sticking to traditional birdhouse designs, this one mimics an outhouse. Dads everywhere will get a kick out of joking about the birds living in their outhouse.


8. Swinging Wren Chickadee House

Certain birdhouse designs are made specifically for particular bird species. For instance, this birdhouse is made for wrens or chickadees. It’s a swinging design that you’ll hang from a branch on long cables.


9. Easy Cardinal Birdhouse

Cardinals are colorful birds that can be loads of fun to observe. With this simple DIY cardinal birdhouse, you’ll be able to get a bird’s eye view of a cardinal’s activities since the entire front is open and exposed.


10. Cedar Board Birdhouse

These plans call for the use of a cedar board to build the birdhouse, but other woods could definitely be used instead. It’s an easy project with a simple drawing that shows you all the dimensions you need to cut out the six necessary pieces.


11. Wren Birdhouse

This wren birdhouse in the shape of a diamond will probably take a bit longer to build than most of the other projects on this list. The drawings are well laid out and you’ll have all the measurements you need.


12. Simple Birdhouse Plans

These birdhouse plans are about as simple as they come, but it’s a good-looking design that’s easy to mount and will home many different types of birds comfortably.


13. Build a Birdhouse with Minimal Tools

You don’t need many tools to build this birdhouse, which is why it’s a perfect project for beginners. If you don’t have a good tool collection built up yet, then try taking on this birdhouse for a skill-boosting project that you can make without purchasing a whole new set of tools.


14. How to Build a Basic Birdhouse

Many of the popular birdhouses are dead-simple because they just don’t need to be overly complicated. These plans are easy to build and will allow you to create a nice birdhouse in just a few hours with a single piece of wood.


15. Chickadee Nuthatch Downy Birdhouse

These drawings are laid out in such a way that you can easily see the shape and dimensions of each piece you need to cut out. Then, it’s a simple matter of assembling everything together.


16. Side-Mounted Birdhouse Plans

The side-mounted birdhouse you’ll build with these plans is easy to mount and sticks out in a triangle shape, making for a unique design. It’s a great choice if you want to build something that’s just a little different than the norm.


17. Red-Headed Woodpecker Birdhouse Plans

Although these plans say they’re intended specifically to house a woodpecker, we’re sure that other birds are just as likely to make this their home. Unfortunately, you can’t always decide what type of bird decides to call your birdhouse their new nest.


18. Wren House

These plans for a wren house are simple and easy to build. What’s most beneficial about them is that they provide instruction for changing the entrance hole diameter to affect what type of species is likely to move in.


19. Mourning Dove Platform

Because of the extra head space this dove platform has from the gable roof, it’s ideal for larger platform nesting species, such as doves, robins, and blue jays.


20. Robin Nesting Platform

This platform is designed to look like a cliff edge. You’ll need to mount it pretty high, but it’s a great way to get robins roosting in your yard.


21. House Finch Birdhouse Plans

If you want to attract a family of house finches, try building this nesting box. It’s larger than many other versions, making it suitable for more than just one bird.


22. Peterson Bluebird Nest Box Plans

The entire front of this birdhouse hinges open for easy access. It’s a simple to mount birdhouse with nailing areas at the top and bottom. You’ll find step-by-step instructions that make this project easy to follow and build.


23. Free and Simple Birdhouse Plans

Many of the projects we’ve covered were designed to be nailed to a tree. This project is a bit different. You’ll install two small eye hooks in the roof of this birdhouse, allowing you to hang it from a branch instead of mounting it to the trunk.


24. Basic Hand Drawn Birdhouse Plans

Though these plans are hand-drawn, they’re so simple that they’re still easy to follow. You’ll only have to cut out six pieces, but several of them share a shape and dimensions, so there are only four patterns to mark.


25. License Plate Birdhouse Plans

If you’re looking for a really unique birdhouse, try building this one with an old license plate. It’s a great way to repurpose some old scrap into something interesting and unique. If you get the wood from an old pallet, then the whole project could be crafted from recycled materials.


26. $2 Cedar Birdhouse

Many woodworking projects are pretty pricey to build, simply because of the material cost. But this cedar birdhouse is on the far opposite end of the spectrum. You can purchase what you need to make it for just two dollars!


27. Owl House Plans

We don’t know about you, but if there’s one bird we’d especially love to have nesting in our yards, it would be an owl! These graceful and incredible creatures of the night are some of the best visitors you could have. And if one calls this owl house their home, you can say goodbye to any rodent problems.

28. Robin Bird House

Robins don’t need a front wall on their home. This makes them great guests since you’ll always have a great view of what they’re up to. You can build this birdhouse in an afternoon with ease.


29. Chickadee Nesting Box

Meant specifically for chickadees, this nesting box is a bit more complicated to build than some of the simple birdhouse projects. This is mostly due to the triangles that you’ll have to cut out for the front and back walls.


30. Bluebird House

Simple yet effective, this bluebird house is an easy project you can build to try and attract a bluebird to your backyard. These colorful critters are a joy to watch, making them one of the top prospects for backyard residency.

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Conclusion

Regardless of where you live, there are guaranteed to be many beautiful avian species inhabiting the trees and skies nearby. Learning how to build a birdhouse is a great woodworking project that will allow you to enhance your skills, have some fun, and offer one of these feathered flyers a custom-built home. It’s a project that keeps giving back, long after you put on the finishing touches.


Featured Image: Jonathan Hanna, Unsplash

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