The early spring is such a fun time for little outdoor projects like this DIY birdhouse. It’s a little too early to really get in to any real gardening, but it’s warm enough that you definitely want to do something outside to make your yard feel like the days of running barefoot through the grass are just around the corner. We made this little birdhouse all together as a family recently during one unseasonably warm weekend. It was just supposed to be a quick little thing that was fun for the kids, but it turned out to be so cute that we thought we’d share the project idea, and some free printable plans, with everyone over here.
I just love the classic look of this birdhouse hanging on one of our big maple trees. It’s so cute and it just cheers me up a little every time I see it even though the rest of the world is still pretty dull and grey… well, except for that super blue sky the day I was taking these pictures! Wowee! 🙂
And yes. This is actually in our front yard, but I just felt like this birdhouse had kind of classic backyard vibe to it, so I went with that for title. 🙂
Chris went out to the garage first and cut all the pieces really quickly, then the rest of us came out to assemble the whole thing.
The construction is really simple of course. We attached the pieces first with some Iron Grip adhesive, leftover from when we built the DIY Kitchen Drawer Organizer for our sponsor GE Sealants. (This isn’t a sponsored post, by the way, we just had some left over and we like this adhesive so we used it again.) Then we had the kids take turns hammering in the nails and Kennedy drilled the hole for the birds to get in.
I think using this really rough lumber to build the birdhouse adds to its cuteness a little bit and it will look great as it ages. This is definitely one of those projects that you want to keep around for years so you can remember when the kids were young and you all built it together. It’s got that whole nostalgic thing going for it. Plus we’re hoping the birds actually like it! We usually have a lot of birds around here because we have so many trees on our property but it’s mostly open fields all around us. We’re kind of a little bird sanctuary in the middle of all of it!
Fun fact: I actually got pooped on by a bird for the first time ever 2 weeks ago because of all the birds flying around over our driveway as I was walking to my car. It was just so ridiculous I couldn’t stop laughing. 🙂
If you think this looks like a fun and easy project to try this spring, just click here to print off the free plans for this birdhouse.
We had a lot of fun with this and I hope you do too!
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.