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20 DIY Rustic Birdhouse Plans You Can Build Today (With Pictures)

rustic birdhouses in the fence

rustic birdhouses in the fence

Need some projects to test out your new power tools, or to occupy a weekend time slot with your kids or spouse? Adding a birdhouse to your yard gives it a complete lived-in look. Plus, you can enjoy watching birds freely come in and go out, which is relaxing and enjoyable. It’s fun to hand-make your very own birdhouse for the birds of your neighborhood to live in.

There are plenty of birdhouse plans all over the internet, which might be overwhelming to think about. Where do you start? If you know you want a rustic birdhouse, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the internet for the best rustic-looking birdhouses you can find. Take your pick and learn how to build a rustic birdhouse of your own.

With any of these birdhouse plans, use reclaimed or recycled wood (but still safe for birds) for a more weathered look. Or, consider using leftover wood stain from a different project to add some rustic flair to your birdhouse.

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The 20 DIY Rustic Birdhouse Plans

1. The $3 DIY Birdhouse Plan by 100 Things 2 Do

The $3 Birdhouse Plan
Image Credit: 100 Things 2 Do

Try out this super straightforward plan today. It’s an incredibly simple design that your birds will love. The long board at the base serves the purpose of a perch, so no need to buy an additional dowl.

The cedar wood used to build this birdhouse only cost 3 dollars, perfect for an inexpensive idea you can make for fun or as a gift. Stain this birdhouse, paint it a fun color, or leave it as-is.

2. DIY Cardinal or Robin “Nesting Shelter” by Construct101

Cardinal or Robin “Nesting Shelter”
Image Credit: Construct101

If you have many cardinals or robins around your yard or garden, try hanging a nesting shelter. Building a wood “nest shelter” is a great alternative to building a birdhouse, as robins and cardinals prefer this over houses.

It serves the same purpose as a birdhouse does, but you can actually see the bird’s nest and all the interesting things that happen while a bird is nesting. Plus, you can save money by using less materials. Try making this birdhouse out of leftover fence boards.

3. Natural DIY Log Birdhouse by SunCatcherStudio

Natural Log Birdhouse
Image Credit: SunCatcherStudio

Calling all lumberjacks! This birdhouse is a great project for you if you love using a chainsaw and bandsaw. You need these power tools, a few other hand tools like a saw and axe, a piece of log, screws, and some extra wood pieces for the base and roof.

The natural log birdhouse blends in perfectly with a forest of trees, giving birds added security for their nest-building.

4. DIY Log cabin birdhouse by Lumberjocks

Log cabin birdhouse
Image Credit: Lumberjocks

Did you like to play with Lincoln logs as a kid? Bring the fun concept back to today with this homey log cabin style birdhouse. Cut strips of lumber to form long strips, and have fun piecing them together to form a miniature log house.

If you want to go the extra mile, roof the cabin with some corrugated metal and create a front porch.

5. DIY Box Birdhouse by Ana White

Box Birdhouse
Image Credit: Ana White

Here’s an effortless birdhouse plan that you can build quickly and cheaply. You may even manage building it with just one board. The box shape is no-nonsense and a very practical way to add a birdhouse to your yard.

This version attaches to a tree or a fencepost. Be sure to keep it away from predators that would like bird eggs for a treat.

6. DIY Gourd Birdhouse by Birds&Bloom

Gourd Birdhouse
Image Credit: Birds&Bloom

The idea of fashioning a birdhouse out of a gourd is not a new one. For centuries, people have provided gourd homes specifically for purple martins to nest in. However, any cavity nester will flock to this space.

You will have to harvest a hard-shell gourd, clean it out, and disinfect it. Drill one hole in the middle and several at the bottom for draining. Then, dip in a wood preservative and sand it down. Paint is optional, but really cleans up the look.

7. DIY Licence Plate Birdhouse by Home Road

Licence Plate Birdhouse
Image Credit: Home Road

Do you have an old licence plate (or a few) hanging around your garage? Licence plates can give a birdhouse a hometown feel and an antique look. A quick bending of licence plates is all it takes to form this birdhouse plan

This birdhouse used a licence plate for the roof, and does double duty on recycling by being made from scraps from an old table.

8. Mid Century Modern DIY Birdhouse by Dunn Lumber

Mid Century Modern Birdhouse
Image Credit: Dunn Lumber

Looking for a more modern look in your birdhouse? Try this fun birdhouse plan that mixes wood-stained planks and the paint of your choice. It’s like the box birdhouse mentioned previously, but a step up in design and color.

The guide is complete with steps and pictures of the process, making it straightforward for you to complete from start to finish. The birdhouse can be mounted or hung in the area of your choosing.

9. DIY Cedar Picket Birdhouse by Mark Dohring

One way you can use up old fence boards from fencing projects is by making a cute birdhouse, and that’s exactly how this one was made. Cedar is perfect for birdhouses, as it is rot resistant. The website from this pin has specific dimensions for many birdhouses that attract certain birds, so you can build the right one for whatever species live in your area.

10. DIY Diamond Hanging Birdhouse by Felt Magnet

Diamond Hanging Birdhouse
Image Credit: Felt Magnet

Here’s a different take on the one-board birdhouse. Create a square out of the cut boards, tip it sideways, and add your roof. You can add paint to match your own home.

This birdhouse looks great hanging from a tree, and wrens particularly like this type. A roof that hinges is perfect for this design, so cleaning out the nest twice a year is a breeze.

11. DIY Wood Scrap Rectangular Birdhouse by Built by Kids

Wood Scrap Rectangular Birdhouse
Image Credit: Built by Kids

Woodworking projects inevitably leave you with wood scraps that either sit around or are thrown in a burn pile. Now, you have another idea to use them up in a practical way.

This plan fits wood scraps together like a puzzle. It’s particularly kid-friendly, just be sure an adult is there to help saw pieces down to fit together. A door is installed in the front for nest cleaning.

12. DIY Outhouse Birdhouse by My Carpentry

Outhouse Birdhouse
Image Credit: My Carpentry

Bring some humor into birding with this old-fashioned outhouse-style birdhouse. A birdhouse particularly designed for wrens and house finches, this plan features cedar wood walls and a tin roof. The quarter moon in the door looks like a particularly challenging cut for the woodworker, should you choose to accept the challenge.

13. Round DIY Birdhouse by Wood Smith Plans

Round Birdhouse
Image Credit: Wood Smith Plans

Looking for a chance to flex your pro woodworking skills? Take a look at this round-sided birdhouse with a steel roof. No, you do not need a lathe for this project. It’s made round with a series of bevel-edged strips of wood that must come together perfectly, forming the round. The result is a clean, round edge on the birdhouse wall. It would be a great addition to your outdoor space.

14. Quartered Log DIY Birdhouse by Design Milk

Quartered Log Birdhouse
Image Credit: design milk

A fell tree due to natural disaster or old age usually means lots of chainsaw work and a “free firewood” sign in your front yard. This individual decided to make some birdhouses out of the logs instead, with a tin roof to finish it. Their creative design includes an interior that pulls out like a drawer. Top it off with a screw eye and some wire to hang in a tree.

15. Rustic DIY Teapot Birdhouse by UpcycledStuff

This DIY Rustic Teapot Birdhouse is a unique and creative way to repurpose an old teapot into a cozy birdhouse. The birdhouse features a wooden perch for birds to rest on and a metal hanger to suspend it from a tree or post.

The rustic appearance of the teapot lends a charming and whimsical look to any garden or outdoor space. Plus, it’s a safe and comfortable home for feathered friends.

16. Rustic DIY Barnwood Birdhouse by Mean’s Woodshop

Have you got a stash of old Barnwood that you’ve been meaning to use for a DIY project? Why not turn it into a rustic birdhouse that will add a sophisticated charm to your garden? The Rustic Barnwood Birdhouse is a great way to repurpose old wood into something functional and beautiful.

This birdhouse plan is a perfect addition to any backyard with its simple design and rustic finish. The use of reclaimed Barnwood not only adds a touch of character to the birdhouse but also reduces waste.

17. Rustic DIY Toolbox Birdhouse by Source Port Entertainment

The Rustic Toolbox Birdhouse is an innovative and creative way to transform an old toolbox into a birdhouse. The birdhouse’s hinged roof facilitates easy cleaning, while the rustic finish adds a charming touch to your garden.

First, select an old toolbox with a weathered and vintage appearance. Once you’ve cleaned the toolbox, add decorative elements like twine and flowers to enhance its rustic charm.

18. DIY Cedar Shingle Birdhouse by Woodsmith

The Cedar Shingle Birdhouse is a simple yet elegant birdhouse that uses cedar shingles to create a natural and rustic look. Cedar shingles are a durable material that ages beautifully over time, giving the birdhouse a weathered appearance that blends perfectly with any garden.

To create this birdhouse, cut the cedar shingles to size and attach them using wood glue and screws. Add a perch and a roof for protection from the elements before hanging the birdhouse using a sturdy wire or rope.

19. Rustic DIY Lantern Birdhouse by Instructables

DIY Rusting Birdhouses
Image Credit: Instructables

Do you have an old lantern you’re unsure what to do with? Repurpose it into a unique and charming birdhouse that will add a rustic touch to your garden.

This birdhouse plan utilizes the structure of an old lantern to create a secure and cozy shelter for your feathered friends. The Rustic Lantern Birdhouse is not only an attractive addition to any backyard, but it’s also an eco-friendly option to declutter your home.

20. DIY Scrap Post Rustic Birdhouse by The Ponds Farmhouse

DIY Rustic Birdhouses
Image Credit: The Ponds Farmhouse

You’d be amazed at what a few scrap posts and old pieces of rusty tin can be made into. This Scrap Post Rustic Birdhouse is made with minimal tools and materials. It’s as easy as cutting down the hollow posts to size, bending the rusty tin, and nailing it all together. It has a truly rustic look that is completely one of a kind.

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As you have been able to see, the classic birdhouse build is a fun way to spend time with someone close to you or just to hone in your woodworking skills. Either way, we hope you enjoyed learning how to build a rustic birdhouse and that you love watching the bird’s nest in your new (yet rustic) birdhouse every season for years to come.

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