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This is a See Thru Birdhouse I made with up-cycled pallets and an old CD case. After completion, you'll have a sweet birdhouse that will let you see the activity inside!

I built this birdhouse without glue, because I read it can take up to a year for birds to move in due to the smell, and I just didn't want to wait that long!

Here's what you'll need:

-pallet planks
-saw
-drill
-hole saw kit
-hammer
-nails
-ruler
-pen

 
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Step 1: Make your window

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Remove the cover from an old CD case. CAREFULLY bend the edges forward. There will be a quick SNAP, and hopefully you'll have a clean break (It took me two tries). Sand down edges if necessary.

Next, use a drill to make a small hole in each corner.

Step 2: Cut the planks

I used some pallet planks for the birdhouse construction. The plank I used was 6" wide, and about a 1/2" thick. Using a ruler, I marked the plank at 5", 10", 15", and 20". This gave me four 6" X 5" pieces for the walls. I then measured and cut the front panel of the house so that it would fit snugly inside the interior of the walls when put together. It measured 4.5" squared.

Step 3: Cut out the entrance

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I will be making the hole 1.5" wide (Suitable for small birds).

OPTION ONE:
Mark the center point of two adjacent sides of the 4.5" squared piece. Draw a horizontal line between the two points. Make a vertical line from corner to corner, making a cross. Measure 1.5" down from the horizontal line, and make a second horizontal line. Finally, make two more vertical lines 3/4" from the center vertical line.

You should now have a box drawn. Find the center of the box by making an X from corner to corner. [X]

You now have the center point for your bird entrance. Use a drill and 1.5" hole saw to cut the hole out.

OPTION TWO:
Skip the hassle and eyeball it!

Doesn't the house dangle around on windy/stormy days?

Cool! I love the shape, too, it's adorable!

Thanks!

myadee5 months ago

Too cool! Can't wait to see pics of birds nesting

American Ruin (author)  myadee5 months ago

I'll post 'em as soon as it happens!