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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.
|Materials||Plastic bottle, wooden spoons, string|
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.
|Materials||2-liter Coca-Cola bottle, plastic cup|
|Tools||Scissors, knife, cordless drill|
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.
|Materials||Cardboard, wrapping paper|
|Tools||Soldering iron, knife, glue, ruler, scissors, rope|
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.
|Tools||Sandpaper, wood glue, saw, tow, hammer,|
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.
|Materials||Pumpkin, dry twigs, leaves,|
|Tools||Knife, spoon, rope|
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!
|Tools||Scissors, Polyurethane glue, fasteners|
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.
|Materials||Paper, wallpaper, pencil|
|Tools||Scissors, ruler, marking pen|
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.
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
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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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