Cracked Egg Birdhouse




About: I like to make fun projects and document it all for my channel BCDesign on YouTube!

I made one of these birdhouses a few months ago but I never made a video or instructable so when I heard Summers Woodworking was running a birdhouse contest on YouTube I made a new version and filmed the process! This is a really simple & fun beginner project, it is made to look like a bird is hatching from an egg every time a bird exits the house and your kids would really enjoy painting the birdhouse!

You will need: White Black Yellow paint

Spray primer

Black spray paint


Jig saw & Mitre saw or handsaw & Fret saw

1.25 inch spade bit



Step 1: Cut Your Materials to Size

  • You will need to cut 5 pieces of wood to make a simple open topped box this will be the main body of the birdhouse.
  • You will need a larger piece of wood that will act as the front of the box
  • Try to use scraps of wood that would otherwise go to the fire or waste wood pile,I used pallet wood and old plywood.
  • I cut the pallet wood pieces to size on my mitre saw.

Step 2: Glue & Screw

  • Lay out your 4 side pieces and add some wood glue along the edges of the pieces
  • I used a clamp to hold the sides firmly together for drilling.
  • Drill pilot holes at each of the corners to stop the pallet wood splitting when you when you add your screws.
  • I added the back part of the box with 4 screws and no glue so I can easily remove the back and clean the interior of the birdhouse if necessary .

Step 3: Make Your Egg

  • Draw out a large egg shape on some scrap plywood.
  • Carefully cut out your egg with a jigsaw or fretsaw
  • I then drilled a 1.25inch hole with a spade bit,you can Google to find out what size hole to drill in your birdhouse to allow different species access to the birdhouse.

Step 4: Join the Egg to the Box

  • Place a bead of glue around the edge of the box.
  • Place the box in position on the back of the egg and clamp it or in my case add some weight until the glue is dry.
  • I added some small nails after the glue was dry for extra security.

Step 5: Prime & Paint

  • I sprayed the whole birdhouse with primer.
  • After allowing sufficient drying time I sprayed the back of the box black
  • I painted the front of the box white.
  • Use a small fine brush and black paint to create the eggshell cracks.
  • I then added some egg yoke leaking from the crack.
  • Create the leak effect by overloading your brush and letting the excess run naturally.

Step 6: Hang Your Birdhouse in a Nice Tree

This was a quick and fun project done with scrap wood so it cost very little to make!Please if you make a version post an ible on how you make yours! I hope you enjoy my video!

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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Really Cute Idea for a bird house.....I did notice drill holes on the bottome I assume for ventilation and drainage ...How do you mount the bird house ...what was your plan for that ..Wire in a tree? or slot in back for mounting on a nail on the side of a building?

    I plan to attempt this project ,,just wanted to be clean on the holes in the bottom and how I was going to hang when done....Thank you ...

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hey kathy i drilled holes just to allow some airflow,some people say its a good idea some people say its not needed.
    I hung the birdhouse with wire,I had not hung it at the time of making the video or ible so didn't include a method of hanging.your idea of using a nail would also work. Thanks for the comment!!


    Reply 3 years ago

    Long time between Questions......I do not see where you say what the size of the pieces are for the sides and back are....If you could let me know I think I am ready to attempt this project.......thanks


    3 years ago

    very cute ideal, I think I will make one. Thanks for your time

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you! If you make one let me know how you get on!!


    3 years ago

    Haha eggxactly!! Thanks!