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Veneer Sphere Birdhouse

Use simple strips of wood veneer edge banding to form a brilliant decorative birdhouse. Our how-to video will help you get the ball rolling.

 Veneer sphere birdhouse

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Double-sided tape
  • Large plastic or Ziploc bags
  • Large piece of cardboard
  • Sharpie
  • Measuring tape
  • Center of a tape roll (or other round object)
  • Rag


  • Band-It 3/4" x 25' white birch iron-on edge banding, #16546
  • Lehigh 3/8" x 50' sisal rope, #349209
  • 4 - 2" foam brushes, #105859

Minwax 6 ounce stains:*

  • Summer Oak, #458331
  • Ebony, #458334
  • Wheat, #477895
  • Dark Walnut, #45810
  • *Minwax stains were used in the video. For the birdhouses pictured at the top of the page, we used a half pint of Cabot natural wood stain #477865, in the following custom-mix colors: Scuba, Olive Branch, Sapling and #458343 Weathered Gray for the balls on the left.
  • *#477865 Warm Blush and Frosted Lilac for the ball on the right.

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Step 1

Cut two pieces of double-sided tape and place them on a large piece of cardboard about 20" apart. Repeat with six additional sets of double-sided tape.

Step 2

Cut seven strips of wood veneer banding -- starting at 24", then increasing the length by about 1/2" with each successive strip. Place these on the seven sets of tape.

Step 3

Stain the veneer strips with a 1" foam brush. Wipe the stain off with a lint-free rag, then let dry.

Step 4

Repeat Steps 1 to 3, staining additional sets of veneer strips in different colors. (We used four colors altogether, and left one set of strips unstained, so that we had 35 total strips.)

Step 5

Put all the smallest strips from the five sets into a bag labeled "1", the second-smallest strips into a bag labeled "2", and so on until you have seven bags.

Step 6

Take a strip from bag 1, form a circle with it, and hot-glue the two ends together. Repeat with the rest of the strips from bag 1, placing the circles around one another to begin forming a ball. Repeat this process with the strips from bags 2 and 3.

Step 7

After you're finished with bag 3, establish where the birdhouse entrance will be by lodging a round object -- such as the center of a roll of tape -- into the ball. (You'll work around this until it's removed.) Then add the remaining sets of strips to the ball, covering up any big holes as you go along.

Step 8

Remove the round object (the birdhouse entrance). Insert a rope through a small hole in the top of the birdhouse, feed it through the entrance, tie a knot, then pull it back into the ball and hang.