Oh I am so excited for Spring! Nothing says Spring like hearing the birds chirp, keeping the windows and doors open because the temperature is perfect, the blossoms on the trees, and everything turning green again. Ahh how I love Spring. A fun way to celebrate spring is to build a birdhouse with the kiddies.
I’ve made a pattern for a fun little whimsical birdhouse. It was inspired by this super cute birdhouse that I saw on Pinterest, it was sold in an etsy shop and is no longer available. Mine is definitely simplified, but it still carries the fun curves and whimsical appeal.
First cut out 2 of the front and back pattern whimsical birdhouse pattern 1 from 3/4″ pine wood. Use 1/4″ plywood for the bottom and sides (or substitute with whatever you have). Bottom piece cut 3 5/8″ x 6″, left side piece cut 3 7/8″ x 6″, right side piece cut 3 5/8″ x 6″. Cut out the window and door from the front piece only. Cut out one of each piece (except 2 of each swoop) on the whimsical birdhouse pattern 2 from 1/8″ or so plywood (or whatever you have).
The birdhouse is 6″ deep, if you would like a different depth adjust the bottom and sides accordingly. Attach the bottom piece to the front and back. Use wood glue and brad nails to secure it. Attach the two side pieces the same way.
For the roof, I used some leftover cherry pieces that I had. The strips are about 1 1/2″ wide and around 1/8″ thick and 6″ long. You can use whatever you have, but paint stir sticks would be great. Another option, I noticed lath sticks at Home Depot were $.55 for a few feet of them. To attach the roof, start at the bottom and use wood glue and brad nails in the 2 upper corners of your wood strip. Carefully nail the piece in place. Next strip, overlap covering about 1/2 of the previous strip and glue and nail in place. Repeat until you get to the peak. Repeat for the other side roof. Use the swoops to cover the ends of the roof strips, glue and nail the swoops in place.
To make the door look like it has planks, use thin stips of 3/4″ boards. Glue and nail onto the door cut out previously, and glue the door into the birdhouse. Glue and nail the rest of the pieces from the whimsical birdhouse pattern 2. Add any extras that you’d like. I used some twigs and cut little slices to add decoration.
I wanted to add a little perch for the birds to land on. I found an old spoon and turned the handle into a swirl, and bent the head to 90 deg. Drill a couple little holes in the handle and screw it onto the birdhouse.
Drill 2 pilot holes for eye hooks on the front and back of the birdhouse. Screw in eye hooks and tie a string to the front and back to hang the birdhouse.
I used a little blue stain to accent the birdhouse and gave it a light spray of polyurethane to help preserve the wood. Aren’t birdhouses so fun! I know your kids will adore them. Enjoy.
Here is a guide of recommended dimensions for birdhouses Ogden Nature Center birdhouse size requirement
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