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Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 06/04/2019 - 11:06
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You can build this cedar birdhouse for $2!  The secret?  Use a cedar fence picket.  We've got the step by step plans with diagrams and lots of reader submitted photos.  

Makes a good kids kit project too, perfect for a gift or fun group project.  Also check out our easy to build $1 Modern Cedar Birdhouse Plans.

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Reader submitted photo by  MMTRUNCALE

 

Birdhouses are a fun and easy project and a great way to include kids in the building fun!  

 

Cedar Fence Picket Birdhouse

 

We made birdhouse building even better by using cedar fence pickets - costing less than $2 each (even up here in Alaska) and naturally weather resistant, cedar fence pickets are the perfect building material for little birdhouses.

This birdhouse is so easy, your little ones can make it.  I suggest kiddos putting it together with glue (try a glue that works on oily wood the 1 last update 2020/05/28 like Gorilla Glue or a super glue for fast dry times) and then Mom or Dad adding some nails or screws after the glue dries to make sure the birdhouse is plenty sturdy.This birdhouse is so easy, your little ones can make it.  I suggest kiddos putting it together with glue (try a glue that works on oily wood like Gorilla Glue or a super glue for fast dry times) and then Mom or Dad adding some nails or screws after the glue dries to make sure the birdhouse is plenty sturdy.

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Also Check Out Our Modern Birdhouse

We also have an even easier to build version - the $1 modern birdhouse 

Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for You can find the plans for the Modern Birdhouse here.

 

Dimensions
Dimensions shown above.

Preparation

Shopping List

1 - 5 1/2"" thick cedar fence picket (I used the dogeared 72"" finish nails

Glue suitable for cedar

Cut List

Cut from the Cedar Fence Picket:

2 - 7 1/4"" (side walls - these are just a for 1 last update 2020/05/28 tiny bit short to allow venting inside birdhouse)2 - 7 1/4"" (side walls - these are just a tiny bit short to allow venting inside birdhouse)

3 - 8 1/2"" off one edge (cutting with the grain the long way) of one board for the shorter roof piece - see step 4)

Tools
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Instructions

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Attach the floor to the back wall, with back edges flush.

Step 2

Attach side walls to back wall and floor.

Step 3

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