Monday, April 18, 2016

DIY Birdhouse

Our family just recently made the move to Alabama and with that comes birds, all year round. Our little girl is becoming so interested in the world around her and birds are her new favorite excitement. Seeing the look on her face when she hears them and sees them is priceless. We added a bird feeder to our house this past weekend. The birds have not yet found it unfortunately but we cannot wait for the day they do! Along with purchasing the feeder, we also purchased supplies to make a bird house. The best part was letting our little girl help paint it!

Materials Needed:

Wood Glue
1/4" finishing nails
1/2" Birch Plywood
1/2" Dowel Rod
Paint (optional)

Tools Needed: 

Carpenter Square
Finishing Nailer
Tape Measurer
Circular Saw
Hole Bore

I started with ½” thick Birch plywood measuring 23.875” x 23.875” this can be found at Lowes near the pre-cut lumber
 
Cuts

2x front and back
               I measured a 6”x 6” square and then used a carpenters square to make 2, 45 degree lines that come up from each corner. 

               In one of these, I measured 4” up from the bottom, centered. I then drilled a 2” hole with a hole bore. 1” below the bottom edge of this hole I drilled a ½” hole for the bird perch 

2x side pieces
               I cut these to rectangles measuring 5” x 6”. I did this because each plywood piece was ½” wide and ½” + ½” = 1” and that makes the outside 6” x 6”. 

1x top piece 5” x 7” 
1x top piece 5 ½” x 7”

               I did this because having to cut a 45-degree miter the length of each top piece would have been very difficult.  I first nailed the 5” x 7” piece flush with the top most point of the front and back pieces. I then overlapped the 5 ½” x 7” piece to the top of the last piece. 

1 x base 8” x 8”

I used Elmer’s Wood Glue and ¼” finishing nails when constructing the birdhouse. 
 The finished product! Here you can better see why we made one side of the roof .5" shorter. Next comes the painting! Our favorite part! 
***We finished it with a Shellac Primer. This seals the paint and helps protect it against water and moisture.
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  1. Yay! This was such a great tutorial and sooo stinkin' cute! I'll have to give it a go!

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    1. Thank you! I hope you do! So much fun for the kids!

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