Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Making Sawdust - Bird Houses

This post has been sitting in the queue for about seven weeks now. I made one of these wren houses for my sister's birthday and I didn't want to give away the surprise. Happy Birthday, Jane!
I figured it would go well in the ornamental pear tree I helped her plant in her yard.
My mom found directions for two different types of bird houses when she and my dad were cleaning the basement. My mom's handwriting is in red and it looks like a short of list of who to build houses for: one for her parents and one for her mother-in-law.

The directions are from The Backyard Builder's Book of Outdoor Building Projects, which was originally published in 1987.
 I decided to give it a go and I made three of these wren houses. I installed the first one in May in our backyard Maple tree and a wren had claimed it within a week. Pretty cool.
 In early June, on a rainy day, I made a couple more wren houses, but I added a personal touch to them both. I cut a Cubs sticker to fit the back wall. I have plenty of these stickers from the junk wax era. I figure this will keep the cardinals out. LOL
 One of the two from the second build found its way into our front yard crab apple tree.

The second house is for bluebirds.
This design was much simpler and the project went very quick. I was even able to find a dowel rod to stick in the front for a perch.
All the bird houses are crafted from cedar so they should stand up to the elements fairly well. I also made the bottoms of each removable for end of the year cleaning purposes.

Four bird houses from 33 year old plans and all it cost me was a twelve dollar cedar board. All of the other materials including the finishing nails, dowel rod, eye hooks and wire could be found in our workroom. That's a pretty good deal if you ask me!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love the bird houses! I really ought to make a new one to replace the one I made a number of years ago (or at the very least, repaint that one)! Sawdust is the best.

  2. Great job! Both of these are awesome!

  3. i love the birds! I read somewhere bluebirds don't require perches, swooping right into the house. Basically perches allow other birds to take over the house intended for the blues.

  4. These are great! Impressed with anyone who can build something like this.