1 Hour Bird Box

Introduction: 1 Hour Bird Box

I wanted to make a simple and cheap bird box.

The plan was to use recycled materials and off-cuts.

Most importantly it can be made in 1 hour or less.

This bird box is made from a plastic cookie container (NOTE: must have a secure fitting, clip-on lid). A wooden back-stop is added with plastic tubing fixed to it for a perch.

That's all there is to it!

Step 1: MATERIAL LIST

Plastic container with clip-on lid

Plastic tubing

Wood cutting

Spray paint

1 x 6 x 60 mm wood screw

2 x fixing screws

Step 2: TOOLS

Cordless drill

Hole cutter or Forstner drill

Junior hacksaw

Pedestal drill (optional)

Step 3: MY CONTAINER

Step 4: ENTRY HOLE

Cut the wood to fit inside the plastic container bottom, then mark the centre of the wood.

Drill a 25 mm hole in the wood and in the bottom of the container (this forms the entry point for the bird).

NOTE: The entrance hole size depends on the species you hope to attract:

- 25 mm for marsh tits.

- 28 mm for great tits, tree sparrows and pied flycatchers.

- 32 mm for house sparrows and nuthatches.

- 45 mm for starlings.

Step 5: FIT THE PERCH

Fit the wood into the bottom of the container (lining-up the entry hole).

Drill a small pilot hole below the entry hole at bottom of the plastic container - and into the wood.

Select a 6 x 60 mm wood screw and cut a piece of plastic tubing long enough to almost cover most of the screw length (approx 50 mm).

Place the screw inside plastic tubing.

Using the pilot hole as a guide, screw the perch into the bottom of the container and into the wood backing.

Step 6: SPRAY PAINT

Now its time to spray paint the completed unit with a colour of your choice (I used black).

Step 7: INSTALLING THE BIRD BOX

I drilled small pilot holes through the lid of the container, then screwed the container lid onto a high point on my house wall.

Note: I also added some drain holes at the bottom of the nest box.

To complete the assembly, I simply clipped the container onto the lid (forming a tight secure fix).

This bird box was completed using recycled materials. It is an extremely simple design and can be made in 1 hour or less …And the birds really seem to enjoy it!

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    That looks great! I have made my fair share of bird houses, but the use of recycled materials here is perfect! Thanks for sharing!