DIY Bird House Cover for Security Camera

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We installed two Ring battery powered security cameras and wanted to disguise them a bit to look like birdhouses.

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Set Up Cameras

Step 3: Gather Materials

We purchased a standard garden post as well as one 4" wide poplar board and one 3" wide poplar board.

Step 4: Make the Cuts

The measurements are based on the Ring camera we are using.

Cut list:

  • (2) 5" long from 3" wide piece for the sides with a 20-degree miter on one edge
  • (1) 3.25" long piece from the 4" wide board with a 20-degree miter at the top. This piece is shorter than the sides to accommodate the base of the camera
  • (1) 5" long piece for the roof from the 4" wide board with a 22.5-degree bevel on one edge

The back and sides were glued and clamped around the camera and allowed to dry.

Step 5: Add the Roof and Supports

The roof was glued and clampled into place. The weighs are helping to keep everything in place. Once dry, we added the cut off pieces as shown in the second picture, to the underside of the roof. This helps to keep it snuggly on the camera.

Step 6: Position the Post and Paint

Steph used the post hole digger to make the hole and set the post in place. She backfilled with dirt.

We finished it by painting it with Rust-Oleum Camouflage paint which we also used on one of the birdhouses. The second cover was painted white since it was going to be installed on the existing post which was already a light color.

In the last picture, you can see how well the post and cover blend into the background.

Step 7: Adjust the Camera Angle

The cover just slips into place over the camera. Nothing extra is used to keep it in place. We have had no issues with either of the covers coming off. Before we added the covers, we did take some time to adjust the view of the camera. This is easy by opening the app and clicking 'live view' which shows you exactly what the camera is seeing.

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    Rituguptascs

    3 months ago on Introduction

    The disguise does look interesting but I hope your main motive is just to beautify the whole camera setup. This is because the camera is still relatively visible and if your objective is to hide the camera, the disguise isn't really working.

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    DDW_OR

    Tip 3 months ago

    Step 6, Cam 2. use the blue painters tape to cover the front of the camera. then paint the body of the camera black. then remove the blue tape.

    P.S. I did a web-search and saw there is a black Ring camera.


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    PaulChau

    3 months ago on Introduction

    I think it makes a good accessory apart from concealing the security cameras as a decorative. The main idea is more of an effort to set a dual purpose prop instead of trying to hide the cameras.

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    wanna beco

    4 months ago on Step 7

    What a great project! One tip I would add having a lot of Ring camera experience. I would take the camera to the install location and test that the camera works in the location you have chosen. You need to make sure you have wifi signal and not a lot of bandwidth drop at the mounting location. The further you mount from your router, the less bandwidth you have. Just make sure you can get a good pic at the mounting location. You can also pull up a browser on your phone, at the mounting location. Go to bandwidthplace dot com. Do a speed test at the mounting point. Ring states that you need to have at least 1mbps at the mounting point, but a minimum of 2 works best IMO.

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