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Easy One-Board Bird House Plans

Want to see how a small shopping list can yield big results? We'll show you how to build a DIY birdhouse from a single pine board!

One-board birdhouse

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials

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Step 1

Clamp sides to back panel

Cut the board according to the Project & Cutting Diagram. From a 1/2-inch dowel, cut a perch 2 inches long. Sand all the parts smooth with 150-grit sandpaper. On the front face, drill the 1-1/2-inch opening and a 1/2-inch hole for the perch. Sand the surfaces smooth and glue the perch in place. Glue and clamp the two sides to the back panel.

Step 2

Clamp bottom and front panels

When the back and side joints are dry, glue and clamp the bottom and front.

Step 3

Cut 3/4 inch off the length of one of the top panels -- this will make the overhang even on both sides. Glue the roof panels together. Use painter's tape instead of a clamp.

Step 4

Place roof on birdhouse

Apply glue to the top edges of the front and back and set the roof assembly in place.

Step 5

Secure roof in place with painters tape

Use painter's tape to secure the top in place while the glue dries.

Step 6


When the glue is dry, remove the tape and paint or stain the house. We painted this one with Valspar Ultra Premium exterior paint, Front Door Red, #ar125