Modern Bird House




Introduction: Modern Bird House

In this instructable I will show you how to build modern bird house with a plant pot! lets get building!


tools and materials:



wood glue

river stones

small succulents


old roofing shingles

potting soil

1 screw

silicone adhesive

PVA glue


jig saw



hole saw you use what size you want it depends on the birds you want in your house I used a 2" hole saw.


Step 1: Draw Out Your Design

To draw your design you can use the photo or make up your own design the sky is the limit!

Step 2: Cut the Pieces

To cut the pieces use a jig saw. It is helpful to drill holes to put the jig saw blade in.

Step 3: Drill the Bird Hole

To make the bird hole use a hole saw you can use what ever size you want I used a 2" hole saw.

Step 4: Glue It All Together

To glue it all together I started with the four side walls, then glued the top and the bottom on.

Step 5: Sealing Time!

Now cover it in varnish! I used a varnish and pecan stain all in one but you can use any varnish.

Step 6: Roofing Shingles

Now add roofing shingles to the roof! I used them because they look super cool 😎 and they provide some protection from the weather. To attach to the roof use silicone adhesive.

Step 7: Add Fancy Trim and Perch

I made the perch out of a screw that I cut in half and for the trim around the perch I used a 1" hole saw, attach with wood glue. To make the trim around the bird hole first use a 3" hole saw then take the circle of wood left over and drill a 2" hole in the middle of the 3" circle and for the trim on the roof I used some plywood, attach with wood glue. Don't forget to cover it all in varnish!! I used a clear satin varnish this time.

Step 8: Design the Plant Pot

To design the plant pot first draw your design out on wood then cut it out with a jig saw.😀

Step 9: Build the Plant Pot

To build the plant pot use wood glue to attach the side walls. I added an extra little strip of wood to the top of the pot.

Step 10: Seal the Plant Pot

First cover the hole plant pot in varnish. Then use silicone adhesive to cover the inside of the plant pot. the reason for the silicone is so that when you water your plants your wood doesn't rot.👍 To finish the plant pot use an old bed sheet and line the inside of the plant pot with it.

Step 11: Stone Time!

Now add the stones on the front of the bird house and on the balcony using PVA glue and I added a little bit of trim at the bottom of the front of the bird house.

Step 12: Time for Plants!

Now plant some cool plants in the plant pot then sprinkle some more stones around the plants.

Step 13: It's Done!

You have completed your bird house! Now go put it on a pole and watch as a bird makes a home in it! 😎😎😎👍👍👍

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    9 days ago

    This is really sweet!


    Reply 8 days ago

    Thank you.

    Show Me Joe
    Show Me Joe

    13 days ago

    I like the use of shingles for the roof. A 2-inch diameter hole is a bit large though, and will invite undesirable species such as house sparrows and European starlings (in the U.S.). A 1.5-inch hole will favor native birds such as bluebirds and wrens.


    Reply 13 days ago

    Thanks for the tip!


    Reply 12 days ago

    You can secure a metal washer behind the hole to prevent the larger birds from chipping away at the wood. They will try to get in.


    13 days ago on Step 13

    I bet there will be a waiting list of grateful tenants.
    Well done, nice job.


    Reply 13 days ago



    Tip 16 days ago

    Cool build, but I would avoid varnish and anything else with chemicals in it for the safety of the birds. When I build mine I use a coating of raw linseed on the outside and beeswax.


    Reply 16 days ago

    Thanks mysplinters! I will do that next time.