52 Free Simple Bird House Plans You Can Build Right Now
Nothing beats the site of a flock of birds flying in and out of your backyard. Birds are just amazing to watch and also provide a natural pest control for your garden.
But, as fantastic as birds might be to watch the first step is always to find a way to lure them to your yard. And making a birdhouse is the best starting point.
Birdhouses are one of the most straightforward DIY projects that you can implement, and they always make a fun activity to do with your kids over the weekend.
With a few inexpensive materials, a couple of hours to spare and some good DIY birdhouse plans you can have one hanging in your backyard sooner than you think.
And to make sure that you do not have any difficulties building a birdhouse we have gathered some free bird house plans that you can use.
Check out the plans below and choose one that suits your backyard.
Here are the free bird house plans. You'll find everything from simple birdhouses to more advanced homes such as blue birdhouse, martin birdhouse. Besides I keep a list of other free poultry and pet houses too, such as ones that show you how to make a dog house, chicken coop, guinea pig cage, rabbit hutch, duck house, cat tree.
- 1. DIY Whimsical Birdhouse with a Perch
- 2. Simple Bluebird DIY Bird House
- 3. Easy $2 DIY Birdhouse
- 4.The Beautifully Painted DIY Bluebird Birdhouse
- 5. DIY Basic and Classic Birdhouse
- 6. The Homemade Birdhouse Nesting Shelf
- 7. Cedar Wood DIY Teapot Birdhouse
- 8. Simple $20 Freestanding DIY Birdhouse
- 9. The License Plate Birdhouse
- 10. Easy Soft Wood DIY Birdhouse
- 11. DIY Pine Bird’s Nesting Box
- 12. One-Board Homemade Birdhouse
- 13. Tall Fence Board DIY Birdhouse
- 14. Large Sparrow Nesting Box
- 15. Modern $1 DIY Birdhouse
- 16. The Log Cabin DIY Bird House
- 17. Modern 2x4s DIY Bird House
- 18. Hanging DIY Birdhouse from Scraps
- 19. Simple 4-Step DIY Birdhouse
- 20. Red Cedar Little Bird House
- 21. DIY Birdhouse Plus Wind Chime
- 22. The DIY Green-Roof Birdhouse
- 23. Generic DIY Birdhouse for a Variety of Birds
- 24. Cheap Cedar Picket Homemade Birdhouse
- 25. Under $25 Kid-Friendly Birdhouse
- 26. DIY 1x8 Natural Red Cedar Wren Birdhouse
- 27. T-Post Mounted DIY Bluebird Birdhouse
- 28. Easy-to-Build License Plate DIY Birdhouse
- 29. The Homemade Church-Style Birdhouse
- 30. Outhouse Birdhouse with Galvanized Tin Roofing
- 31. Simple Pentagon Wren Birdhouse
- 32. Classic DIY Birdhouse from an Old Fence Board
- 33. Barn-Style Birdhouse with a License Plate
- 34. The 8x8 Homemade Owl House
- 35. The One-Day and One-Board DIY Birdhouse
- 36. Rustic and Inexpensive DIY Birdhouse
- 37. Simple and Cheap Hanging Birdhouse
- 38. Recycled Old Bucket Nesting House
- 39. Easy Clay Pot DIY Birdhouse
- 40. Easy Cedar Fence Picket Birdhouse
- 41. Colorful Milk Carton Birdhouse
- 42. PVC S&D Pipe DIY Birdhouse
- 43. Cheap and Easy to Make Birdhouse Plans
- 44. The 5-Step Peanut Butter Jar DIY Birdhouse
- 45. Wood Scrap DIY Birdhouse/Birdfeeder
- 46. Small Modern Wood Birdhouse/Birdfeeder
- 47. Under $20 Window Bird House
- 48. Simple Exterior Plywood DIY Birdhouse
- 49. Easiest DIY Modern Birdhouse
- 50. Wedge-Shaped Chickadee Birdhouse
- 51. Easy and Fun Wren House
1. DIY Whimsical Birdhouse with a Perch
This whimsical birdhouse plan is an exciting project that you can do with your kids over the weekend. And you can make it using your leftover lumber pieces.
The Her Tool Belt article describes how to make the different sections of the birdhouse and the lumber pieces to use. And there are also some PDF sketch files to help you understand how to cut the various parts.
This birdhouse also includes a perch that you can make with an old spoon.
2. Simple Bluebird DIY Bird House
If you would like to have some bluebirds nesting on your property, you should make them a comfortable home, and it is also quite easy to build.
These particular bluebird birdhouse plans use some old barn wood, and they are for a straightforward design, and so this should be both an inexpensive and quick project.
The picture tutorial will guide you through the crucial stages of the build, but it is all about cutting and screwing the barn wood to make a simple birdhouse.
3. Easy $2 DIY Birdhouse
You do not need any particular skills to build this wooden box as it has a very straightforward and kid-friendly design and so your little ones can also help out.
But the most amazing part is that it will only cost $2 to make, and you can construct it in a couple of hours. The simple bird house plans are initially from Ana White and the 100 Things 2 Do article links back to her site where you can get a more comprehensive tutorial.
4.The Beautifully Painted DIY Bluebird Birdhouse
Here is another simple bird house plan for the bluebirds and it is also quite easy and quick to build.
The tutorial is very detailed, and it provides a materials list for all the sections of the birdhouse which include a few cedar, pine or redwood lumber pieces, and wood screws.
There are some diagrams in the article to help you understand how to cut your lumber and text directions to guide you through the construction.
5. DIY Basic and Classic Birdhouse
For a minimal budget and in a few hours you can make a basic birdhouse like this one that also has an appealing classic look.
This simple birdhouse design is easy to create even for a beginner, and it uses a 1x8 cedar board, galvanized wire, deck screws and some wood glue.
The Lowes tutorial provides both the tools and materials list and some step by step directions with pictures for assembling all the sections and doing the finishes.
6. The Homemade Birdhouse Nesting Shelf
Nesting shelves provide an open space for the birds to build a home that is similar to what they would use out in the wild and so they are more likely to attract them to your yard.
This birdhouse plan by DIY Garden Plans is also quite straightforward, and you will only need a few lumber pieces that are suitable for the outdoors such as pine, redwood or cedar.
With the lumber and regular woodworking hardware like wood screws and finishing nails, you can implement the simple birdhouse plans in one afternoon.
7. Cedar Wood DIY Teapot Birdhouse
Sometimes it is a good idea to break away from the traditional birdhouse design and try something more interesting like this one.
The level of detail and the teapot shape of the birdhouse make it look a little complicated, but anyone that can follow instruction can build it.
And besides, from the cedar wood, you will also need a few other things like a water pipe and some fittings and nails. But there is a list of everything that you will need for the project.
8. Simple $20 Freestanding DIY Birdhouse
This fun birdhouse project will cost about $20 to build, and you can finish it in just half a day. And you can use any softwood that you have or can get in your local lumber store.
The Family Handyman provides some comprehensive text instructions for making the birdhouse and helpful diagrams that will help you understand the dimensions and the shapes of all the lumber pieces.
There are also pictures of all the steps of the construction to make this tutorial easy to follow.
9. The License Plate Birdhouse
A little creativity and repurposing are all it takes to build this birdhouse. The birdhouse uses an old license plate for the roof, and you will also need a 4-foot long 2x8 cedar board.
With the lumber and license plate and your regular woodworking hardware such as screws and nails, you can make this DIY birdhouse in a few hours.
10. Easy Soft Wood DIY Birdhouse
If you have a few pieces of pine or cedar wood in the workshop, they will be perfect for this birdhouse, and you need not buy any other lumber.
This simple bird house plan will also require you to buy a few wood screws, but most of the sections will use glue and clamps to ensure that you get stronger and waterproof connections.
The Timber Mart article describes the project in detail, and you will also get the free birdhouse patterns in a PDF document.
11. DIY Pine Bird’s Nesting Box
Pine board is one of the best materials for wooden bird house plans, and it is what you will need to build this particular one.
With your pine lumber in the dimensions that are on the cut list and a few tools like saw, planer, belt sander, and jigsaw you will only need to follow the text guidelines on this article to make a nesting box for your backyard.
12. One-Board Homemade Birdhouse
There are many free bird house plans out there that you can implement but you will hardly find one that is easier than this. And it is also quite inexpensive as it uses only one board.
A 5-foot long pine board should be enough for all the sections of the birdhouse. The other things that you will need are deck screws, galvanized screws, power drill and hand saw.
For the construction, you get a diagram that demonstrates how to cut you pine board into the different sections and some 6-step instructions for the assembly.
13. Tall Fence Board DIY Birdhouse
You do not have to buy anything when making a birdhouse because you can use materials that you already have. This structure, for example, uses just one 6-foot long 1x4 fence board.
With the fence board and few galvanized air nails, you have everything you need for this birdhouse plan, and you only need to follow the simple directions and drawings.
14. Large Sparrow Nesting Box
This DIY birdhouse is meant to accommodate up to three pairs of sparrows, and it will be a great way to attract the lovely birds to your compound.
The structure uses 12mm exterior plywood which is inexpensive and easy to get in most local lumber stores. The tutorial provides an overview of the construction process, some pictures and idea on the best place to have it.
15. Modern $1 DIY Birdhouse
For those DIYers that are still trying to figure out how to build a birdhouse, Ana White has the perfect one that you can make as your first birdhouse. And it only costs $1 to construct.
The 5 1/2-inch wide birdhouse uses one piece of fence picket, and Ana White provides a very comprehensive tutorial. Her tutorial includes pictures for all the stages of the build and some step by step instructions with 3D Sketchup.
And this will be an excellent project for a beginner or inexperienced DIYer.
16. The Log Cabin DIY Bird House
If you love log cabins like me, this DIY birdhouse plan will impress you. But what I love most about it is that it is both inexpensive and easy to build.
There is no nailing or screwing because the Instructables plan uses glue to join the different sections. And besides from the logs that you can make from dead branches, you will also need some lumber boards for the frame.
There are both text and pictures on this Instructables, and so this should be an easy birdhouse plan to implement.
17. Modern 2x4s DIY Bird House
These bird house woodworking plans are for someone that prefers something with a modern or more contemporary look.
It uses a pile of 2x4s which most DIYers and woodworkers will already have in the workshop, and so this is also an inexpensive project.
Other materials that you will need for this project include screws and hinges. And the Built By Kids article provides a picture tutorial with some short text description to make this and easy-to-implement plan.
18. Hanging DIY Birdhouse from Scraps
Repurposing is always a good idea as it helps you put materials that you do not use to good use, and it also makes the project inexpensive. Most of the items that you need for this birdhouse are repurposed, and so it should be cheap to build.
The list of the materials that you need includes 3/4-inch thick pine, plywood or leftover roof panels, finishing nails and few other things that the tutorial highlights.
There are also some 9-step text instructions to help you make the hanging birdhouse.
19. Simple 4-Step DIY Birdhouse
With a few inexpensive materials such as 1x6 pine boards, galvanized wood screws and some paint or polyurethane you can have this birdhouse hanging in your backyard in a few hours.
This Woodworking Corner tutorial provides some helpful diagrams with dimensions and some simple 4-step instructions to make sure that even a beginner DIYer can make this birdhouse.
20. Red Cedar Little Bird House
Red cedar is always the material to go to when you want to build a structure for the outdoors. These bird house woodworking plans provide a list of all the cedar pieces that you will need and some drawings to help you understand the dimensions.
If you follow the guidelines on the tutorial well, this should be a quick project that you can construct in a few hours or one day at most.
21. DIY Birdhouse Plus Wind Chime
A colorful birdhouse like this one will not only attract birds to your backyard, but it will also look great anywhere you place it.
The birdhouse also includes some wind chimes to create a lovely tune as the spring wind blows through the trees in your garden.
Both the birdhouse and wind chimes are easy to make will also not cost much.
22. The DIY Green-Roof Birdhouse
A birdhouse that also doubles up as a planter will be an excellent addition to any backyard. These birdhouse plans provide some detailed instructions on how to make one with a green roof.
You will need a cedar fence board, galvanized nails, galvanized screws and a few other inexpensive things that the PDF plan highlights on the list.
The PDF birdhouse plan provides both pictures and text instructions to ensure that you have all the information you need to make a green-roof birdhouse.
23. Generic DIY Birdhouse for a Variety of Birds
Sometimes you cannot be sure of the birds in your neighborhood, or you may also want to attract a variety of them. If that is the case, a generic DIY birdhouse like this one will be a perfect idea as it will attract different types.
It maintains a standard 5.5-inch birdhouse width and the plans provide dimensions for all the sections. And this should be a quick and inexpensive project as you will not need a lot of lumber.
24. Cheap Cedar Picket Homemade Birdhouse
Here is another birdhouse plan that will only cost $2 to implement as you will not need a lot of materials. And it also just takes a couple of hours to build.
The Instructables tutorial provides some easy to follow 8 step instructions and pictures for all the crucial stages of the construction.
For this project, you will need a 5-foot piece of cedar picket, but any 1x6 lumber will also work.
25. Under $25 Kid-Friendly Birdhouse
It is always an excellent idea to implement a DIY project that you can do with your kids. This birdhouse design is one such project, and your kids will get to do most of the work.
It costs under $25 to make this 10 3/4 x 8-1/2 x 7-1/4 inch birdhouse, and you should finish building in just a couple of hours.
There are also some detailed text instructions and pictures on the Popular Mechanics tutorial, and so this should be an easy-to-build birdhouse.
26. DIY 1x8 Natural Red Cedar Wren Birdhouse
This wren birdhouse is a product of all natural red cedar, and you will only need to paint the exterior to enhance the look.
Although this simple birdhouse design is for wrens and house finches, many other small birds will still find it suitable for nesting. And so it will attract several bird types to your garden.
You will only need one 4-foot (1x8) piece of the red cedar, and the tutorial provides drawings and text instructions to help you convert it into a beautiful birdhouse.
27. T-Post Mounted DIY Bluebird Birdhouse
Bluebirds are charming little birds that you will not mind watching all day. These free bird house plans will help you make a simple and inexpensive birdhouse to attract them to your backyard.
This bluebird house also uses all natural red cedar to make it safe for the birds, and you will only need one 6-foot long (1x6) cedar fence board.
There are some drawings to help you understand the dimensions of the different sections of the birdhouse and also text directions to guide you through the build.
28. Easy-to-Build License Plate DIY Birdhouse
The license plate birdhouse is becoming quite popular, and most people like it because it looks unique and it adds some style to your yard.
This DIY birdhouse plan also uses an old license plate for the roof, and you will need a 6-foot long cedar fence board, galvanized screws and finish nails.
You can also use galvanized metal if you do not have a license plate. And this tutorial provides everything from the plan drawings to text instructions for making the birdhouse.
29. The Homemade Church-Style Birdhouse
You can always get a little creative and give your homemade birdhouse a unique look like this church-style one.
Like many other birdhouse plans, it uses red cedar fencing boards and the other things that you will need include the galvanized hinge and screws.
If you follow the drawing and text guidelines in this tutorial, this should be a quick and inexpensive project.
30. Outhouse Birdhouse with Galvanized Tin Roofing
There are almost countless birdhouse plans that you can implement with one 6-foot long red cedar fence board. This outhouse style is just one of them.
The DIY birdhouse is about 12-inch tall and the tutorial by My Carpentry provides a comprehensive guide on how to make it that includes drawings with the dimensions, a few pictures, and text instructions.
What I like about this birdhouse is that it has a large door at the front for easy cleaning and it will be suitable for most small birds.
31. Simple Pentagon Wren Birdhouse
Wrens are quite common birds, and so they will be easy to attract to your backyard if you have the right birdhouse.
My Carpentry provides these free bird house plans to help you make a pentagon birdhouse that will not only attract wrens but most other small birds.
Cutting the lumber pieces from your cedar fence boards takes most of the work, but this should still be a quick birdhouse project.
32. Classic DIY Birdhouse from an Old Fence Board
If you have an old fence board in the workshop, this project will cost you nothing to build. All you need is to spare a couple of hours and gather other woodworking hardware such as screws and finish nails.
With your few materials and some time to spare you will only need to follow the 5-step instructions on the tutorial and use the pictures for inspiration.
33. Barn-Style Birdhouse with a License Plate
Here is another simple birdhouse plan from My Carpentry that will help you make an attractive house for wrens, titmice and many other small birds.
The birdhouse is in a barn shape and also includes a license plate for the roof. There are some drawings to help you understand the dimensions of this 5 1/2-inch barn-style birdhouse.
And with the detailed text instructions to guide you this birdhouse should only take a few hours to finish.
34. The 8x8 Homemade Owl House
Sometimes it is always a better idea to build something that will attract particular bird types because you already know what you can find in your locality.
This birdhouse plan is for building a house that is about 8x8 to attract Boreal and Screech owls. And although it is larger than the standard ones you can still make it in a day.
The tutorial describes all the materials that you will need for the project and also provides text instructions with lots of pictures and some drawings with the dimensions.
35. The One-Day and One-Board DIY Birdhouse
All it takes is one pine board to build this DIY birdhouse, and you can do it in just one day. But, what makes this a fun birdhouse plan is that even a beginner can implement it without any difficulties.
Most of the tools and material that you need for this Lowes DIY birdhouse plan are already in your workshop, and so you only need to spend a few bucks on the lumber.
There is cutting diagram for the project to get you started, and once you have all the pieces, you only need to follow the simple step by step directions.
36. Rustic and Inexpensive DIY Birdhouse
This DIY article provides an overview of all the vital information you need to build a DIY birdhouse, and there are also some plans for making several birdhouses including this rustic one.
It should not be an expensive birdhouse to build as it uses recycled material that you can get for free, and it should only take a couple of hours to build.
37. Simple and Cheap Hanging Birdhouse
How to Specialist provides this detailed tutorial to help you make a birdhouse for just $2.5. The article highlights everything from the material and tools list to some helpful tips to help you with the construction.
There are plenty of pictures and in-depth text instructions that are in some easy to follow steps to make sure that this will be an easy project even for a beginner.
38. Recycled Old Bucket Nesting House
An old bucket might be all you need to encourage birds to nest in your backyard. And it also provides an easy and inexpensive way to build a DIY birdhouse.
If you have the old bucket and a few other basics like nails and wood screws this simple birdhouse plan will cost nothing to implement.
The Birds and Blooms article provides a list of everything that you will need, and there is also some step by step instructions to help you convert the old bucket into a birdhouse.
39. Easy Clay Pot DIY Birdhouse
If your target is to attract wrens and other small birds and do not want to go with the traditional wood birdhouse designs this project will be perfect for you.
It is all about converting an old clay pot into a small DIY birdhouse, and you will also need a piece of plywood, an 8-inch eyebolt and nut and few other supplies.
Everything that you need for this cheap DIY birdhouse plan is on the shopping list, and once you get the items, you only need to follow the 5-step instructions.
40. Easy Cedar Fence Picket Birdhouse
This article provides some helpful drawings that you can use to make a simple birdhouse from cedar fence picket.
Like most other DIY bird house plans that use cedar, it is also an inexpensive project. And apart from the cedar fence picket, you will need some screws, wood glue, rubber hose and an old wire cloth hanger.
There are lots of drawings to take you through the build, and the text directions will also be helpful.
41. Colorful Milk Carton Birdhouse
There are various inexpensive materials that you can use to make a birdhouse. This particular project uses a milk carton, a chopstick for the perch and some nontoxic paint.
It takes about 60 minutes to make this birdhouse, and it will be a good project for your kids to do with or without your supervision.
42. PVC S&D Pipe DIY Birdhouse
This project also uses some recycled materials and so it should cost almost nothing to make. The body of the DIY birdhouse is from a 4-inch white PVC pipe while the roof and floor use leftover wood.
The detailed text description on this article, the pictures, and the few drawings should make this an easy to understand DIY birdhouse plan for any DIYer.
43. Cheap and Easy to Make Birdhouse Plans
This Wood Tools PDF document provides all the information that you will need when it comes to making birdhouses including tips on the best wood to use and how to build houses for various bird species.
If you are still not sure of the type of birdhouse to build this PDF will be very helpful, and you can be confident of getting a plan that works for you from the various ones on the document.
44. The 5-Step Peanut Butter Jar DIY Birdhouse
This Instructables tutorial proves that a birdhouse is one of the most straightforward DIY projects that you can implement, and you do not need any particular skills to do it.
And to build your own birdhouse like this one you will only need a large peanut butter jar, a small brass hook, a bolt and nut and a few other cheap things that the tutorial lists.
For the tools, a drill and sandpaper will do most of the work. And once you have all the supplies you only need to follow the simple 5-step directions to make a birdhouse in a few minutes.
45. Wood Scrap DIY Birdhouse/Birdfeeder
Although these plans are for a birdfeeder, you can still adjust a few things to make it a simple wooden birdhouse. But, even if you build it as it is, the wood bird feeder will be an efficient way of attracting birds to your yard.
The plan uses some scrap pieces of wood and regular woodworking tools, and so it should be both easy and inexpensive to implement.
There is a materials list that will help you gather the lumber and other items that you need and some step by step directions that also include a picture for each stage.
46. Small Modern Wood Birdhouse/Birdfeeder
Here is another wooden structure that can work as both a birdhouse and bird feeder and so you can be sure that it will attract some birds to your compound.
Making it should also not take a lot of effort as you only need to gather the few materials and follow the step by step directions for making the birdhouse and painting it.
The white and blue birdhouse also looks fantastic, and it will help to spice up your backyard. You can get these birdhouse plans in a printable version for a small fee.
47. Under $20 Window Bird House
If you would like to watch birds from the comfort of your house, a DIY window birdhouse will be an excellent idea. And you can make one like this from a single cypress board and for under $20.
This birdhouse plan is quite straightforward to implement, and the materials lists and the step by step picture tutorial should provide all the details that you need to make the birdhouse.
48. Simple Exterior Plywood DIY Birdhouse
This simple birdhouse plan uses some exterior plywood and water-resistant wood glue, and it is quite easy to build.
There is a drawing to explain the different pieces of plywood that you will need and once you make your cuts you only need to follow the text directions to make a simple but attractive birdhouse.
49. Easiest DIY Modern Birdhouse
It is still possible to build a modern house for birds even when you do not have power tools. This handmade one looks fantastic, and 1x6 cedar board, plywood and regular tools like a drill and sandpaper are all you will need to make it.
The article provides some step by step instruction to help you make the modern birdhouse, and there are also some handy pictures.
This birdhouse plan should only take a few hours to build because you have to give the paint enough time to dry.
50. Wedge-Shaped Chickadee Birdhouse
The wedge shape gives this DIY birdhouse an impressive look, and although it makes it look a little complicated, it is still easy to implement birdhouse plan if you follow the directions.
This DIY birdhouse is for Chickadees, and it uses 3/4-inch cedar boards. The PDF tutorial provides both steps by step text instructions and a picture tutorial to make the project simple. And there are also diagrams with all the dimensions.
51. Easy and Fun Wren House
The shape that this wren house forms when you hang it makes it look a little complicated to build, but it is not. It is just a simple wooden square box with a hole, and you can make in a few hours.
The PDF document provides some plans for making the nesting box, and you can follow the exact dimension or use them for inspiration.
And this should also be an inexpensive birdhouse plan because you do not need a lot of lumber.
Any DIYer or bird lover that is still trying to figure out how to make a birdhouse will love this Family Handyman tutorial as it makes things easy and inexpensive.
It will cost under $20 to make this simple DIY birdhouse, and you can finish it in one day or just a few hours.
You can use any softwood for this project, and although the design looks a little complicated, you can still make a similar birdhouse if you read the text description and follow the diagrams and step by step guidelines.
Now you have several simple bird house plans that you can implement. All you need to do is choose one and make it for your backyard.
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