Making a Bluebird House

February is a great time to set out bluebird houses for the spring and summer. This gives the birds time to prepare for the coming seasons, and it is a great way to provide the birds a safe environment. They are also so much fun to watch.

I love fun and fairly simple woodworking projects. I decided to try building a bluebird house. The size and shape of the box and entry hole were very specific for the Eastern Bluebird.

I placed the pole near food sources and water and away from trees or large bushes. Bluebirds like an open area for safety.


Making a Bluebird House

I used free Bluebird box plans from the USGS website that were fairly easy and a fun project.

I cut cedar boards into the six pieces needed for the specific size for bluebirds.
I cut the corners of the bottom board to allow drainage for the nest.
I drilled a 1 1/2 inch hole 6 1/2 inches from the bottom of the front board for the entrance.
I used a nontoxic wood glue for the frame and wood finishing nails to secure the joints.
I then added hinges to the top for easy access and cleaning. I recessed the front panel to allow good ventilation and to keep the nest cool during the hot summer months.
It was then ready to set out. I left the wood untreated. I like the rustic look of the wood, and cedar weathers well even without sanding or weather treatment.
I securely mounted the birdhouse to a metal fence pole to the recommended 6 feet above the ground using zip ties. In less than 24 hours, the bluebird couple were moving into their new home.

20 Comments Add yours

  1. bushboy says:

    Wonderful πŸ™‚

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much! It was a fun project and the bluebird family are still living it and have been so much fun to watch! πŸ˜ƒ

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  2. 13glidermom says:

    Awesome! My hubby and son built and posted about 20 new boxes this year ( but we do have 12 acres to cover😘). Great post!

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    1. SW says:

      Oh wow! That’s fantastic! I bet your husband and son really enjoyed that and I know the birds love them! It really was a fun project! And thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed it! πŸ˜ƒ

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  3. Ash Douglas says:

    This is awesome. Great job!

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    1. SW says:

      Thanks! It really was a fun project and it was a fun surprise to see the birds moving in the day after I put it up. Definitely worth it! πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. Ash Douglas says:

        Nothing like a good passion.

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  4. Great project! I bet the little guys loved it 😍

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you! It was a lot of fun and I hope they do enjoy it. I sure have enjoyed watching them! πŸ˜ƒ

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  5. jmankowsky says:

    Beautiful pictures! Bluebird are the best!🐦

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much! They are beautiful birds and are so much fun to watch! πŸ˜ƒ

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  6. aj vosse says:

    Cool project! I hope they invited you over for their house warming party! πŸ˜‰

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    1. SW says:

      Lol! Thank you so much! Well it was just moving in day so I just enjoyed the excitement from a distance but maybe they will have a party soon! πŸ˜ƒ

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  7. These pictures are beyond beautiful

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much! I’m so happy you enjoyed them! πŸ˜ƒ

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      1. My absolute pleasure

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  8. Julie R says:

    These pictures are amazing!!!

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    1. SW says:

      Thanks Julie! So happy you enjoyed them! They have definitely been a lot of fun to watch! πŸ˜ƒ

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