How to Build a Bat House

Bats are cute and tiny creatures that need a house. There are six steps to building this bat house and then you will be able to have a cute little thing to put up in your backyard.

Supplies:

The supplies that you will need for the bat house is 3/4th Axl plywood (sanded and 7 layer), circular saw, wood glue, staples, netting (for the bat to cling onto when inside the bat house), and stain or paint.

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Step 1: Step 1. Gather Your Materials

The first step in creating a bat house is getting the proper materials. Start with getting the proper wood, screws, nails, stain, and tools. Once you have the materials you want to use, you can start to build your bat house.

Step 2: Step 2. Measure Your Wood

The first step you want to take is to get your measurements and lay them out on your wood (We used ¾ in. wood for the back of the bat house, half in. wood for the spacing in between boards and a quarter in. wood for the front of our bat house). Both the front and back of the bat house were 24 x 14. Once your wood is cut, you want to double-check your work to see if it's the exact measurement you want it to be. The size of your house is up to you but the minimum size requirement is what we did. You can go bigger if you want to or do some fun stuff with the front. If you want to add some designs in the wood or add something to it then you can. Make sure you do some research before you do anything, to make sure it is safe for the bat.

Step 3: Step 3. Cut Your Wood

Once you have your measurements down you can begin the next process. We used the hand saw and the circular saw to cut the wood and then sanded the sides of the boards to get them smooth. We cut 2 boards 24 x 14. This was the front and back of our bat house. After all the wood is cut and exact to the measurement you can start the building process.

Step 4: Step 4. Building.

Once all your wood is cut you can begin putting together your bat house. Start by laying everything out then gather the tools you'll use. We used wood glue and a nail gun. We laid the back piece of the bat house on the table and then took an inch for filler wood and layed the front board on top. We then glued and nailed them together. You will also need to put a lining on the inside of your bat house. This is so that the bats are able to climb in. Then let the glue dry.

Step 5: Step 5. Staining

Staining is up to the person. If you want to paint it with cute designs then go ahead! This is where you really can personalize it and make it your own. I chose to stain it (three coats with stain showed above) and painted little bats to make it our own. The only thing to keep in mind is to not paint the inside. Then there you have it! Whenever you feel happy about the final product then you have a bat house. Find out the best place to put it and see if any little bats make a life in your house!

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