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12 DIY Wren Birdhouse Plans You Can Make Today! (With Pictures)

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For all you bird lovers with frequent feathered friends in your yard, making unique birdhouses is a great way to care for birds—keeping them comfortable and coming back for more, while also adorning your garden with charming additions.

Continue reading for our list of 12 fun and creative DIY wren birdhouse plans that you can make today.

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Top 12 DIY Wren Birdhouse Plans:

1. Plastic Packaging Birdhouse


Materials Plastic fence post and cap kit
Tools Scissors, knife
Difficulty level Easy

This DIY birdhouse plan makes unique use out of plastic bottles, which you may already have laying around the house. Instead of throwing them out, you can create crafty birdhouses and feeders that also add fun pops of color to your garden. Simply decorate them with some paint, carefully cut out an opening (or more), and hang them on trees and fixtures around your yard.

2. Food Can Birdhouse


Materials Can
Tools Scissors, knife, cordless drill
Difficulty level Easy

Using old food cans and containers, you can create some fun living spaces for birds in your yard. This DIY plan will break down the process for you—including how to drill holes for openings, ways to add decorative touches, etc.

3. Tetra Pak Birdhouse


Materials Packaging, ice cream handle
Tools Scissors, paint
Difficulty level Easy

One thing’s for sure, this Tetra Pak birdhouse plan is fun for everyone—adults and children alike! For some variety, you can use both juice or milk Tetra Pak containers for creating different styles of birdhouses. Be sure to first wash the Tetra Pak containers and dry it well before painting and decorating them as desired. Also make sure that there is adult supervision for cutting openings for the birdhouses.

4. Functional Birdhouse


Materials Plastic bottle, wooden spoons, string
Tools Scissors, knife
Difficulty level Easy

Here’s another easy way to make a bird feeder from a plastic bottle. Once you’ve created the birdhouse, simply fill the bottle (from the top) with bird food—and voilá! You’ve got yourself a functional birdhouse-and-feeder-in-one for your feathered friends to frequent your yard.

5. Coca-Cola Birdhouse

Materials 2-liter Coca-Cola bottle, plastic cup
Tools Scissors, knife, cordless drill
Difficulty level Easy

Yet another creative way to use old soda bottles is with this Coca-Cola birdhouse plan. The best part is—you have full creative liberty to decorate them as desired, as well as to adjust the design however you see fit.

6. Cardboard Birdhouse


Materials Cardboard, wrapping paper
Tools Soldering iron, knife, glue, ruler, scissors, rope
Difficulty level Moderate

Cardboard birdhouses are more decorative than functional, as they are typically best for fair-weather seasons only. Using thick corrugated cardboard is ideal when trying to build them to last. This easy DIY plan is a fun activity for both children and adults alike.

7. Plywood Birdhouse

Materials Plywood
Tools Glue, nails, small saw, ruler, sandstone
Difficulty level Moderate

Plywood birdhouses are a common go-to in many gardens, as they are not only aesthetically pleasing, but sturdy and durable too. Pro tip: using moisture-resistant plywood will help the birdhouse survive more than just one season.

8. Box Birdhouse

Materials Box
Tools Knife, PVA glue, fasteners, miter saw
Difficulty level Moderate

Another easy DIY birdhouse idea is a box birdhouse. This is a very popular option, as there are many online DIY tutorials for this style of birdhouse, as well as ones you can buy online (for those who are less crafty).

9. Standard Wooden Birdhouse


Materials Wood, sawdust
Tools Sandpaper, wood glue, saw, tow, hammer,
Difficulty level Easy

As wood is the closest thing to the natural living conditions of a bird, it is arguably the best choice of material to make a birdhouse with. Fortunately, there is an abundance of DIY wooden birdhouse plans available for you to pick and choose from—regardless of your level of carpentry skills. 

10. Pumpkin Birdhouse


Materials Pumpkin, dry twigs, leaves,
Tools Knife, spoon, rope
Difficulty level Easy

A fun and creative way to re-use old pumpkins and gourds from Halloween and Thanksgiving, is by—you guessed it—making birdhouses out of them! Pumpkin birdhouses are generally quite simple to make, just be aware that they take more time than other plans, as the pumpkin (or gourd) needs a few months to dry out first. Which means your new birdhouses will be ready just in time for spring, when birds are aplenty!

11. Basket Birdhouse


Materials Rope, string
Tools Scissors, Polyurethane glue, fasteners
Difficulty level Moderate

Using a ready-made small basket, you can make a cute and crafty basket birdhouse. Just be sure to attach a sturdy weather-proof roof on it, and carefully cut an entrance for the birds to get in and out.

Pro tip: Apply water-based acrylic varnish (this kind is safe for birds) onto the basket to give the product strength and shape. Be sure to let it thoroughy dry out before hanging it out for birds.

12. Paper Birdhouse


Materials Paper, wallpaper, pencil
Tools Scissors, ruler, marking pen
Difficulty level Easy

Not only are these paper birdhouses adorable for filling with candy for gifting others, they can make great homes for wrens as well. As they are made of paper, these birdhouses are best for seasonal use during fair-weather seasons like spring, summer, and perhaps early autumn as well.

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Summing Up

Not only do birdhouses make decorative additions to your garden, but they are also a means of attracting birds like Wrens to your yard—which comes with its own set of benefits as well. They help maintain a balanced environment, as they help to create a healthy ecosystem in your yard. Birds feed on beetles, caterpillars, and other pests, which your plants and garden beds will thank you for with a good harvest. So, keeping birds happy and comfortable in your yard is beneficial for them, for your garden, and for you!

Featured Image Credit: Danny Korves, Shutterstock

About the Author Robert Sparks

Robert’s obsession with all things optical started early in life, when his optician father would bring home prototypes for Robert to play with. Nowadays, Robert is dedicated to helping others find the right optics for their needs. His hobbies include astronomy, astrophysics, and model building. Originally from Newark, NJ, he resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where the nighttime skies are filled with glittering stars.

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