Make a Birdhouse for Under $1

2 Hours

I wanted to build some quick bird houses. I found this pattern on Ana White's Website. This pattern uses just one cedar fence picket to make two birdhouses. I bought a couple cedar fence pickets at Menards. The pickets were on sale for $1.18. That means only $.59 a birdhouse!
You can check out more details on my blog.
Needed Supplies:
6' cedar picket at 5 1/2" wide and 1/2" thick. (this will make 2 houses)
1 1/4" nails and screws, suitable for exterior use.
Wood glue, suitable for exterior use.
Cut List:
1 at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (back)
2 at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" (top and bottom)
1 at 5 1/2" x 5" (front)
2 at 5 1/2" x 4 3/4" (sides)
Step 1: Using a 5 1/2 inch wide x 6 foot cedar picket, cut the following pieces:
1 at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (back)
2 at 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" (top and bottom)
1 at 5 1/2" x 5" (front)
2 at 5 1/2" x 4 3/4" (sides)
Step 2: Connect the sides to the front. I used wood glue to initially connect them. I then used 1 1/4" nails to attach the sides to the front.
Step 3: Attach the back to the bottom.
Step 4: Attach the front and sides to the bottom. Attach the back to the sides.
Step 5: Attach the top to the sides. I used 1 1/4" screws for this step. When the birdhouse needs cleaning, I can easily remove the top using the screws.
Step 6: Drill a hole in the house. If you chose to add a perch you can, I chose not to add one to prevent any predators from trying to enter the house.
I made two birdhouses. Now, I just need to attach them to a tree or a post and wait for the birds to move in!
The full pattern plan can be found on Ana White's website at
More details of what exactly I did can be found on my blog at

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  • Miriam I
    on May 13, 2014

    Wow, great job. Thank you for the awesome tutorial!

  • Bonnie Collier
    on May 22, 2014

    If you make the hole small, you can attract bluebirds in Texas. They like them on fence posts and generally no higher.

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