Building DIY or Kit Birdhouses

Building a simple birdhouse is a traditional family past time. Easy, inexpensive, and fun. And, if you take a look in the photo above, you can see the nesting material sticking out from the side – which means a little bird has made a home there. So these birdhouses work!

You can use various woods to build the birdhouse, but be sure to select non-toxic woods like cedar (so steer clear of pressure treated or plywood style). Cedar is a particular favorite as it’s naturally pest and rot resistant (and it smells so good).

Download the free, scaled to life-size pattern below. Or, buy a kit like this if you would prefer.

Trace the pieces onto wood, and be sure to mark the screw holes as drawn.

It depends what you have in the home, but you can cut the pieces out with a hand saw, or jig saw (or chop saw if you have one). It doesn’t have to be perfect, the birds won’t mind.

Pre-drill the holes as this will making life easier for you, and it will also prevent the wood from splitting. The size of hole depends on what screw size you have on hand.

Just assemble following the directions for the birdhouse included in the free plans. Where you choose to hang the birdhouse will depend on the species.

Examples of some cut pieces

TIP for HANGING: Wrens and chickadees prefer sheltered houses, so hang the birdhouse under the shade and protection of tree branches. Hang it about 5-10 feet off the ground, and if you can, place it so that the entry hole is facing away from bad weather (for example, face to the south to avoid cold north winds, or face the hole behind a tree branch a little for protection)

If you prefer to just purchase a kit, they aren’t very expensive.

Nature’s Way Bird Products Cedar Wren House

  • Made with insect and rot-resistant cedar and rust-free stainless steel hardware
  • Clean-out door provides easy access for cleaning
  • 1 1/8″ hole keeps out sparrows and larger birds
  • Vinyl coated steel hanging cable included


Free Download

Small birdhouse patterN

A house for little birds like wrens and chickadees.

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