Introduction: How to Make a Birdhouse

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The homemade birdhouse is a DIY classic. And with good reason: It’s usually the first woodworking project for many; often how youngsters are introduced to working with tools. It’s a quick, simple project that’s inexpensive to build and easy to maintain, and it has the rewarding benefit of providing a home for the fine feathered friends hanging out in your backyard.

So if you’re thinking birdhouses are kid’s stuff, think again—bust out the saw, pick up some lumber (or make use of scraps you currently have) and dedicate an afternoon to whip up one. Or ten!


For this build I've decided to use scrap pallet wood and a license plate as a roof.

Forstner bit or hole saw
Decking or galvanized screws
Hand saw
Drill and Driver
Pocket hole jig

Step 2: Connect Boards Together

Use pocket hole jig to connect boards together. Be aware where you going to cut the boards later

Step 3: Make the Roof

For the roof I've used an old licence plate I found on the street. Just mark the centre and bend it at 90 degrees.

Step 4: Cutting the Front and the Back Panels of the Birdhouse

I've used the roof as a template to mark the face panel shape. Than I cut it with a hand saw. The second panel should be the same as the first one. I've added some extra screws for reinforcement.

Step 5: Side Panels

I marked the angle on the side panels and cut it with the hand saw.

Step 6: Assembling.

I assembled everything with drywall screws. I recommend to pre-drill the holes firs, then to drive the screws, it will prevent the wood from splitting.

Step 7: Bird Hole

Using the hole saw I made a hole in the front panel for the bird to enter the house. For the peg I'm using a rifle cartridge, I think it looks cool, but you can use a dowel or a twig.

Step 8: Attach the Roof

The last step in our build is the roof.

Step 9: And Here It Is a Rustic Birdhouse Made Out of Pallet Wood and a License Plate