This birdhouse was made by my 8 year old daughter Isabelle.
This birdhouse was made by my 7 year old daughter Elaina.
They can nail and glue the pieces together if you pre cut everything. I helped my kids 4-h group build them. They had a lot of fun.
No two birdhouses were the same. Some of the students only used 4 layers of logs while others used 6. Some used the shiny side of the metal roofing while others used the rusty side.
Some of the kids put the fresh cut side of the logs out, and others showed off the weathered side of the barn wood.
The kids also got quite creative building all sorts of different perches for the birds.
I was really surprised how much creativity the kids showed in their projects!
So here is what material you need before you get started.
1.Reclaimed barn siding wood scraps.
2.Reclaimed corrugated tin.
3.Some fencing wire.
4.Wood glue, nails, and screws
Here are the tools needed to prepare or pre cut the pieces for the kids.
1.Table saw to rip your scrap wood to 1”x1” pieces
2.Miter saw to cut them to length
3.Tin snips to cut the tin.
4.Drill and bits.
Here are the tools the kids will need to assemble their birdhouses.
That’s basically it. You will need a cordless drill to help the kids screw the corrugated roof in place.
So here is what you need to do.
Plan Ahead! Make sure you have all the pieces cut well before the kids arrive to build their project. I prepared enough wood for about 25 bird houses. It took me the better part of a day.
Ok. Lets get cutting….
Wait a minute, PUT YOUR SAFTEY GLASSES ON!
Got ‘em on? Ok lets get started.
Set your fence on your table saw 1 inch from the blade. Rip your wood before you cut it to length! It is much easier to rip longer pieces…and it keeps your precious digits farther from the blade!
Now its time to cut them to length.
For each birdhouse you will need to cut.
12 pieces 1x1 or 3/4x3/4 6 inches long 12 pieces 1x1 or 3/4x3/4 8 inches long 2 pieces 1x1 or 3/4x3/4 2 inches long 2 pieces 1x1 or 3/4x3/4 3 inches long
*It is a good idea to cut a few extra pieces for perches or other accessories. The kids will come up with all kinds of creative things to do with these extra pieces.
These are the logs of your birdhouse. You will also need
1 piece about 8 inches wide and 12 inches long. This will be the base of your birdhouse.
Now cut 2 pieces 8 inches long with 45 degree angles for the roof. Now cut a piece of reclaimed tin 10 inches X 16 inches.
All done? Great, you are ready to start building.
Building the birdhouse
1.On your 8x12 base piece attach with nails and glue one of your 8” logs on the face of your board at one end.
2. Next attach 2 6” logs on the base along the edges.
3.Now another 8” log should go along the front of the 2 6” logs You should now have one layer of logs. Keep building this way being sure to alternate a 6” log goes on top of an 8” log, 8” on top of a 6” and so forth.
5.To make an entry door for the birds you can replace one of the 6” pieces with 2 2” pieces and/or replace one 8” log with 2 3” logs. This will give you a 2”X2” door. (you may also build the entire house with 6 and 8 inch long logs and drill a hole for the door later. If you do be careful, a spade bit can catch the logs and split them apart.)
6.Now it is time to attach your roof support pieces. Use 2 2 ½ inch long screws for each and screw them on top of opposing walls of your birdhouse.
7.Next attach your tin roof to the top with screws. It helps to drill holes in the tin first for the screws to go through.
8.Now drill 2 small holes on each end of the roof peak. Run each end of your wire through the holes you drilled, bend them up to form a loop.
9.Now add any accessories you would like such as a perch.
Congratulations, on building your very own log cabin birdhouse!
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Here are some bird craft projects from the about.com family crafts guide.