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28 Beautiful DIY Birdhouse Plans You Can Build Today (with Pictures)



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 some 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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The 28 Beautiful DIY Birdhouse Plans

1. Bluebird Birdhouses

how to build Bluebird bird houses
Image By: thediydreamer
Tools: Saw, drill, drill press, marker
Supplies: Old barn wood, screws

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. Easy DIY Birdhouse Plans

diy birdhouse plans
Image By: suncatcherstudio
Tools: Power drill, hand saw, drill bit to match the appropriate entrance hole size
Supplies: Wood: 1″ x 6″ x 5′ (2.5cm x 15cm x 150cm) Screws (pproximately 1.5″ (4cm) long)

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.

3. Birdhouse from a Single Pine Board

One-board birdhouse
Image Credit: coastalcreatorsct
Tools: Miter Saw, Hand Saw With Miter Box (Optional), Power Sander, Drill With Bits, Clamps
Supplies: 1-in x 6-in x 6-ft Pine Board (Actual: 3/4-in x 5-1/2-in x 6-ft), 1/2-in Poplar Round Dowel, Exterior Paint or Stain, Wood Glue, Painters Tape

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.

4. Log Cabin Birdhouse

log cabin bird house plans
Image Credit: suncatcherstudio
Tools: Power drill, saw (table saw or miter saw), drill bit to match appropriate entrance hole size
Supplies: Wood (cedar, redwood, cypress, and pine would make good choices). Unless indicated otherwise, all wood in this project is 3/4″ (1.9cm) thick, screws

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.

5. Outhouse Birdhouse

outhouse-style birdhouse
Image Credit: mycarpentry
Tools: Saw, drill, jigsaw
Supplies: All natural western red cedar, galvanized tin roofing, 16 gauge galvanized finish nails

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.

6. Easy Cardinal Birdhouse

cardinal bird house plans
Image Credit: construct101
Tools: 16 gauge nail gun, miter saw
Supplies: Wood, exterior wood glue, 1 1/2″ finish nails

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.

7. Cedar Board Birdhouse

birdhouse tall texan feature
Image Credit: mycarpentry
Tools: Saw
Supplies: Single 6 foot 1-inch x 4-inch fence board, galvanized air nails, wire

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.

8. Simple Birdhouse Plans

simple birdhouse plans
Image Credit: suncathcherstudio
Tools: Power drill, hand saw, drill bit to match appropriate entrance hole size
Supplies: Wood: 1″ x 6″ x 5′ (2.5cm x 15cm x 150cm), Screws (Approximately 1.5″ (4cm) long)

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.

9. Build a Birdhouse with Minimal Tools

Bluebird birdhouse
Image Credit: feltmagnet
Tools: Hole saw or paddle bit, drill
Supplies: Wood, screws

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.

10.  License Plate Birdhouse Plans

license plate birdhouse
Image Credit: suncatcherstudio
Tools: Power drill, hand saw, drill bit to match appropriate entrance hole siz
Supplies: Wood: 1″ x 6″ x 3′ (2.5cm x 15cm x 100cm), License Plate, screws: Approximately 1.5in” (4cm) long

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.

11. $2 Cedar Birdhouse

cedar birdhouse plans
Image Credit: Ana White
Tools: Tape measure, speed square, pencil, safety glasses, ear protection, miter saw, brad nailer
Supplies: 1 – 5 1/2″ x 1/2″ thick cedar fence picket (I used the dogeared 72″ long ones), 26 – 1 1/4″ brad nails OR 1-5/8″ star bit trim screws, glue suitable for cedar

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!

12. Owl House Plans

owl house
Image Credit: mycarpentry
Tools: Saw, drill
Supplies: Western red cedar, 16 Gauge Galvanized Finish Nails, Galvanized Wood Screws

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.

13. Chickadee Nesting Box

Chickadee House
Image Credit: empressofdirt
Tools: Saw, combination square, drill
Supplies: 1 x 12 x 6-foot board, 1 5/8 galvanized wood screws or 2″ galvanized ring-shank nails, waterproof wood glue

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.

14. Bluebird House

Bluebird house
Image Credit: Family Handyman
Tools: Drill, circular saw or jigsaw, hammer
Supplies: Wood, locking nails

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.

15. One Board Easy DIY Birdhouse

One Board Easy DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Birds & Blooms
Tools: Power drill, appropriate-size spade bit, hand saw
Supplies: One 5-foot 1- x 6-inch No. 2 pine board, 1-5/8-inch galvanized deck screws, 2-inch galvanized finishing nails

Do you have a single pine board in your garage or shed that you don’t know what to do with? You can make a birdhouse from it! These plans from Birds & Blooms show you how. Their step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and provide a materials list and measurements. The results, while not stunning, will certainly suffice for many birds in need of a nice home to raise their chicks. Plus, it’s an easy afternoon project to share with a family member.

16. Modern Cedar Fence Picket DIY Birdhouse

Modern Cedar Fence Picket DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Ana White
Tools: Miter saw or circular saw, drill
Supplies: Wood, nails or srews, wood glue

The website Ana White provides these basic but modern birdhouse plans. You can bet this is a strong birdhouse because it’s made by someone who lives in Alaska! The instructions are easy, but the result will be a birdhouse built to last and keep a family of feathered friends happy and healthy. Especially if they’re birds native to Alaska!

17. Hanging DIY Birdhouse

Hanging DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: homedit
Tools: Saw, drill, clamp, marker
Supplies: 2 pieces of ¾’’ wood board scraps (square in shape and measuring at least 4 ½’’), 2 ½’’ thick plywood pieces (at least 6’’ x 9’’ each), ¼’’ dowel (8 ½’’ long), finishing nails, 11 oz coffee can, hooks, wire or chain

Depending on where you live, a hanging birdhouse might be better than one you attach to a pole or a tree. The plans for this one from Homedit will help you build a functional hanging birdhouse that looks beautiful. It can also be hung at different heights to attract several bird species. Remember that you can always make a pole to hang it from if you like.

18. DIY Gourd Birdhouse

DIY Gourd Birdhouse
Image Credit: Amish Gourds
Tools: Steel wool pad, drill
Supplies: Gourd, warm water and dish soap, hanging strap, clear polyurethane spray, paint

If you’re looking for a truly unique birdhouse to hang in your yard and help your local birds, this one made from a gourd is perfect! Not only is it easy to make but every gourd birdhouse is unique since all gourds are unique. You can also paint it for a birdhouse that you’ll be proud to show off to your neighbors. These plans are one of our favorites!

19. DIY Bluebird (and Other Bird) House

DIY Bluebird (and Other Bird) House
Image Credit: DIY Garden Plans
Tools: Handsaw, drill
Supplies: Wood, 1 1/4″ finishing nails, 1 1/4″ wood screws, wood glue or construction adhesive, 1/4″ dowel (optional), paint (optional)

This bluebird house from DIY Garden Plans is simple, attractive, and easy to make. All of the cuts, measurements, and tools needed are shown right on the website for an easy afternoon project. This birdhouse can also be used for other birds depending on how large an entrance hole you create. Big or small, any bird that uses this beautiful birdhouse will be very appreciative. For bluebirds, consider making a skylight to keep away nasty starlings.

20. Attractive Stone DIY Birdhouse

Attractive Stone DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Empress of Dirt
Tools: Sandpaper, house paintbrush
Supplies: 1 Wood birdhouse to use as base, 1 Silicone sealant outdoor, clear drying, 600 Stones enough to cover surface, 1 Funnel for roof (paint if desired), 1 Wood primer, 1 Exterior polyurethane, 1 Scrap wood for mounting birdhouse

Empress of Dirt designed this unique, attractive, and eye-catching stone birdhouse. It’s actually a regular birdhouse that’s been covered with stones, but don’t tell anyone! Since you don’t need to make a birdhouse, this one will be easier than other plans. However, you could start from scratch and make one if you have excellent DIY skills. Either way, the results will be stunning.

21. Fancy Teapot DIY Birdhouse

Fancy Teapot DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Robin’s Nesting Place
Tools: N/A
Supplies: Teapot, old drawer, glue, twine, wool fibers

From Robin’s Nesting Place comes this adorable teapot birdhouse you make with a basic box frame and a teapot hung inside. The creator of this cute birdhouse suggests finding a used teapot at your local Goodwill or dollar store. The design is certainly easy to make and will add a touch of flair to any backyard. Even better, it’s also self-draining, since the spout is on the bottom when it’s hung!

22. Penny Roof DIY Birdhouse

Penny Roof DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Dream a Little Bigger
Tools: All purpose adhesive
Supplies: Made birdhouse, paint, coarse sandpaper, wood stain, gloves, pennies

While this isn’t a DIY birdhouse, per se, it shows you how to take a pre-made birdhouse and create a fabulous roof for it out of pennies! The results are unique and eye-catching and will likely add a layer of protection from the elements for any birds that are nesting inside. After a few seasons it will also turn that famous shade of green copper is known to make! One thing is certain; all those pennies you’ve kept for years in a pickle jar will finally be put to good use!

23. Flower Pot DIY Birdhouse

Flower Pot DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: The Idea Room
Tools: Drill
Supplies: Flower plantar, some plastic moldings, potting soil, white silicon, bird seed, scrap wood, flowers, exterior paint

If you have a porch or patio you almost undoubtedly have at least one flower planter. These plans from The Idea Room show you how to take the base and turn it into a beautiful birdhouse. It’s a win-win for birds and flowers and a beautiful way to add more life to your outdoor space. It’s also a very easy afternoon project that requires minimal DIY skills. The results, though, are genuinely attractive and will bring birds closer to your window.

24. Whimsical DIY Birdhouse

Whimsical DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Hertoolbelt
Tools: Drill
Supplies: 3/4″ pine wood, plywood, wood glue, brad nails, twigs, old spoon, screw, wood stain, polyurethane spray

Who says that all birdhouses need to look like actual houses? Not us, of course, which is why this Whimsical DIY Birdhouse looks like so much fun! The plans, from Her Tool Belt, also include several PDFs that make it much easier to create. You can also use a bit of your own creativity and personality to create a unique birdhouse that’s ready to hang in your yard and keep a family of local birds happy and safe. It may be whimsical, but this birdhouse is also very practical!

25. Old Clock DIY Birdhouse

Old Clock DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Sadie Seasongoods
Tools: Jigsaw
Supplies: Decorative desk clock, water sealant, old wine corks, screw-in eye

It’s not time to get a new clock but instead to turn that old clock into a beautiful birdhouse! The DIY plans, from Sadie Seasongood, give you easy step-by-step instructions on how to turn a small wall clock into a birdhouse where birds will be living large! It’s a beautiful way to up-cycle an old clock, too and a fun afternoon project to create with your kids!

26. Rustic DIY Birdhouse

Rustic DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: My Bright Ideas
Tools: Pliers
Supplies: a birdhouse, outdoor paint or varnish to water proof it, branches, garden snips, E6000 or other industrial glue, natural moss

One thing about birdhouse projects that many don’t like is that they don’t fit into the natural surroundings in their back and front yards. That problem is solved with these rustic birdhouse plans from My Bright Ideas. The design involves taking a pre-made birdhouse and using twigs, sticks, and other items to turn it “rustic.” The best part is that the birdhouse melts into the surroundings, which provides an extra layer of protection for your local birds and their families.

27. Minimalist DIY Birdhouse

Minimalist DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: Family Handyman
Tools: Miter Saw, Table Saw, Drill, 2″ Hole Saw, Dado Blades and Clamps
Supplies: 6′ 1×6 Board, 2’x4′ 1/4″ Plywood, 3/8″ Dowel Rod, 2×2 Board, 2″ Screws

This DIY birdhouse, although it says “minimalist”, might be one of the best on our list. It certainly has the best plans, with everything laid out extremely well including tools, materials, and cutting sizes. That makes it one of the easiest birdhouse plans to follow on our list. You can paint the finished birdhouse any way you like and it will make a beautiful addition to your front or backyard.

28. Scrap Wood DIY Birdhouse

Scrap Wood DIY Birdhouse
Image Credit: My Weathered Home
Tools: Miter saw, drill, nail gun, hole saw and/or spade bit
Supplies: Old wood planks, Nails, Wood Glue

If you have scrap wood around your home or garage, why not consider making a scrap wood birdhouse? Not only is this an easy project with basic tools but, if you already have the tools, it will cost next to nothing. Some glue, nails, screws, and basic DIY skills are all you need to make a birdhouse any bird would be proud to call home.

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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.

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