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Wood Shim Birdhouse

Create this surprisingly simple and affordable birdhouse using wood shims and paint.

wood shim birdhouse

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Saw
  • Clamp


  • Shims (#3969)
  • Wood Glue (#218256)
  • Spray Paint

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Step 1

Connect the ends of the shims (#3969) with wood glue (#218256) and clamp to create a square. Alternate which corner is in front. Repeat for the back of the house.

Step 2

Using wood glue and clamps, join two shims in a right angle to form the peak of the house. Glue the peaks to the top of the squares.

Step 3

Cut a shim in half with a saw or score with a knife, then break in half for the sides of the birdhouse. Glue the front and back together.

Step 4

Use spray paint to cover 8-inch wood shims. Let dry.

Step 5


Mix things up and paint one birdhouse a different color, or outfit one with a little, yellow papier-mâché bird.