Cute DIY Birdhouse

It is a wonderful thing to have the feeling of being free like the bird in the sky and when this sensation of freedom combines with the flavor of the coffee that you have in the morning, life seems more beautiful.

But even the bird of the sky needs a shelter although it seems to be the host of the blue sky. You can help it and create a birdhouse which might be very useful for the birds of the sky. This might also represent an interesting project for kids too.The creation of this birdhouse is also an educational project for all types of ages. It presupposes to recycle the coffee cans that you do not need them anymore and use some pieces of wood.

Here it is a list of the exact materials that you need in order to be able to build this cute birdhouse: two scraps of ¾ inch – thick pine board, measuring at least 4- ½ inch square, two ¼ – inch thick plywood or paneling scraps, measuring at least 6 inches x 9 inches each ¼ inch dowel, 8- ½ inches long, 1- ¼ inch finishing nails, one 11- ounce coffee can, hooks, wire or a chain for hanging the birdhouse. Now all you can do it is to prepare yourself a coffee and be ready to follow these instructions:

  1. Cut the ends of the birdhouse 4-1/2 inches square from scrap pine boards.
  2. Locate the entrance hole in one board by measuring 3-7/16 inches from one corner. (When measuring, place your ruler diagonally from corner to corner and draw a light pencil line.) Be sure to mark the corner from which you’re measuring—you’ll need to measure from it again in step 4.
  3. Drill a 1-inch entrance hole for wrens or the appropriate-size hole for other small birds you’d like to attract.
  4. Hold the front and back pieces together in a vise or clamp them together. Locate the perch by measuring 1-1/4 inches from the same corner used in step 2 and mark this spot on the pencil line. Then drill a 1/4-inch hole through the front piece (with the entrance hole) and most of the way through the back.
  5. Cut the roof pieces from 1/4-inch plywood or paneling scraps. Cut one piece to measure 5-3/4 inches x 9 inches, and the other 6 inches x 9 inches.
  6. Nail the roof pieces to the front and back boards with 1-1/4-inch finishing nails. The large roof piece should overlap the smaller at the peak. (If you’re using paneling, the back side should face out.) Leave enough room between the front and back pieces so you can easily insert the coffee can.
  7. Clean and dry the coffee can (watch out for sharp edges). Drill two 1/4-inch holes in one side of the can for drainage. Drill two more 1/4-inch holes on the opposite side of the can for ventilation.
  8. Place the coffee can between the front and back boards. Cut a 1/4-inch dowel to 8-1/2 inches long and insert it through the perch holes. If the fit is too snug, lightly sand the dowel, which holds the can in place.
  9. Attach a chain, hooks or wire for hanging the birdhouse.

In case you need more coffee cans, you can sit a basket in your yard and ask your neighbors to deposit their coffee cans there. It is a project that means a cleaner environment, use of low costs and fun!{found on birdsandblooms.com}



Published by in DIY Projects, on July 19th, 2011

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