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Modern Birdhouse

Invite feathered friends to your yard with this little handmade home. The triangular A-frame shape is easily crafted with lightweight wood and assembly only requires a few basic tools.

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Photography: Anusha Rajeswaran

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Placed next to a bird feeder, this simple birdhouse becomes an oasis for your feathered friends that they'll never want to leave. The triangular A-frame shape is easy to make with lightweight wood veneer sheets, and assembly only requires a few basic tools. This project comes from our contributor Anusha Rajeswaran.

materials

  • Birch wood, two pieces: 5 1/2 by 6 inches, three pieces: 3 by 6 inches

  • Balsa wood, 4 by 12 inches

  • Wooden dowel, 3/8 by 6 inches

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • Super glue

  • Cotton rope

  • Fine-grit sandpaper (optional)

steps

  1. Cut a rectangular piece of birch wood that measures 5 1/2 by 6 inches. With a pencil, mark the middle point of the rectangle and draw two lines down from the top middle point to the bottom corners to create a triangular shape. Lightly drag your craft knife along the traced lines using the ruler as a guide. Continue gently scoring the wood several times until it cuts through completely. Repeat to create an identical back piece. 

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  2. In the center of the front piece, mark and cut a 1-inch square for the birdhouse entrance hole. 

  3. Cut three pieces of wood for the sides and bottom, each measuring 3 by 6 inches.

  4. With the handheld drill and 3/8-inch drill bit, drill a hole in the front and back pieces for the dowel. Then, drill a hole in the top two side pieces where you will insert rope for hanging.

  5. With super glue, carefully secure all of the pieces together except for the back piece; set aside to dry.

  6. To create roof shingles, use balsa wood. Cut 1/2-inch vertical lines on a long piece of wood. Then, flip it horizontally and cut 1-inch pieces. (In total, we used about 100 shingles to cover the sides.)

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  7. Starting with the bottom row, glue the roof shingles on the side pieces ensuring that you leave the drilled hole uncovered.

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  8. Once dry, trim the shingles hanging off the side edges with the craft knife.

  9. Insert the rope through the two side holes and knot on the inside.

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  10. Finish by gluing the back piece onto the birdhouse.

  11. If desired, use the fine grit sandpaper to smooth down rough spots like the drilled holes.

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