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Twelve years ago, I found an old porch light at an estate auction.  I knew instantly that I wanted to make a birdhouse out of it.  I had a stack of old tiles, and it just worked.  The house with the chipmunk on top is the one that I made twelve years ago.  It has been hanging in my backyard ever since.  Wisconsin Winters to Wisconsin Summers, year after year and it still looks great.

The one I made for purposes of this Instructable is the green one.  I found the fixture on Ebay after a search for hanging porch light, swag light, porch lantern.

However, I have made many of these birdhouses and have found these old lights at Goodwill to garage sales.  Just keep your eyes open.

 
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Step 1: BIRD HOLE CHART:

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Step 2: SUPPLIES:

What you will need:

  An old swag light or porch lantern
  Spray primer
  Spray sealer
  Acrylic paint and brushes
  Drill and bits
  Commercial flooring tiles




Step 3: CUTTING THE TILE:

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I love when I can find a porch light with the glass insets so that I have a template already made.

If you haven't worked with commercial floor tile before, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to cut.  All you need do is score along your cut line and snap in half.  I tend to use the edge of my counter.

The tile will snap with ease.



Step 4: PAINTING AND SEALING:

Give the panels a good spray with the primer, making sure to get the edges.  The rest is up to your creativity.

Use a generous coating of sealer, again making sure to get the edges.

Step 5: FINISING TOUCHES:

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To finish, just put on your perch, slide the panels in and find the perfect tree.

bagnitsch6 months ago

Ohh super cute !

Mielameri6 months ago
Love the idea, and love the pictures!
jmwells6 months ago
Only your cat hates it. Being out of reach.
cdawisconsin (author)  jmwells6 months ago

I noticed drool on the window today =)

? hahaha.
sunshiine7 months ago

What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

sunshiine

cdawisconsin (author)  sunshiine6 months ago

Thank you.

MartinMakes6 months ago

Looks wonderful! Using flooring tiles has given me some ideas. Thanks!

cdawisconsin (author)  MartinMakes6 months ago

They are very easy to work with and are completely waterproof. Thanks.

ChrysN6 months ago

That is so pretty!

cdawisconsin (author)  ChrysN6 months ago

Thank you.

kbuechel6 months ago
Soo elegant , love :)
cdawisconsin (author)  kbuechel6 months ago

Thank you.

This is such a brilliant Idea :). Thank you so much for sharing.

cdawisconsin (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya6 months ago

Thank you.

thehbird6 months ago
Love it so elegant and slightly narnian
cdawisconsin (author)  thehbird6 months ago

Thank you =)