Last Updated on June 30, 2013 by Appliance Repair Assistant
We have another great diy woodworking project that is easy, fun and will cost you under $20 dollars. A Window Bird House is a great way to watch birds build a nest and even sometimes lay eggs. These unique bird house’s are also very educational through observing how a bird acts inside its nest. Below we are going to show you through step by step photos how to build the bird house yourself.
For the lumber we used Cypress that can be bought at any Home Improvement Store. As you can see in the pictures, we created the complete bird house using only 1 Cypress board. The Plexiglass back was a scrap piece purchased from Hobby Lobby. We hung the bird house using 3 suction cups applied to the back. We were able to build the entire bird house for under $20.
Here are the materials you will need to build the bird house…
1 – 1″ x 8″ x 6′ Cypress Board (or any wood type of your choice)
1 – 5″ x 7″ Plexiglass – (for the back window)
3 – Suction Cups with screws
Here is our piece of Cypress wood before making any cuts.
Here is our first cut of the Cypress wood. We just cut the wood smaller to make it easier to handle.
Here is the 2 sides of our bird house freshly cut.
Here are the 2 sides, the top and the bottom. (we like Cypress wood as it is rot resistant.)
Here we are drilling the hole for the birds to enter. It is 1.5″ and it will keep the larger birds out.
Here we used some Titebond wood glue and a few staples to hold our house together.
Here are the sides and front of our bird house assembled.
Here is the piece of scrap Plexiglass we picked up from Hobby Lobby. We had to trim it to fit.
This is our house with the roof attached.
Here is the front of our house. Notice the extra lip on the roof, it is to keep the rain off the front of our house.
Here is the back with the plexiglass installed.
(You can use a mirror acrylic over the plexiglass so the birds do not get scared away.)
A view from the top with the plexiglass and the suction cups installed.
Here is a view from the side. Notice the top of the sides of our house are angled about 10 degrees.
Here is the view of the front.
Notice the small staples in the front we used to hold the front to the sides.
We also used a common wood glue.
Here is our Window Bird House finished and hanging on our window.
If you are looking for more styles of bird houses that you can build
yourself there is a great book with many different designs called
Bird-Friendly Nest Boxes and Feeders: 12 Easy-To-Build Designs that Attract Birds to Your Yard
This book is available here if you are interested.