Not Just For the Birds
Birdwatching is a popular hobby that can be done anywhere—including your own backyard. While a birdhouse is functional and encourages birds to visit your yard, it can also express your unique personality. These birdhouse ideas include both traditional and eccentric designs. This collection of models can be purchased online or used as inspiration for your own hand-made creation. Available on Amazon.
This build-it-yourself birdhouse is a scale model of a vintage camper that will lend a retro feel to your garden. It’s a creative birdhouse idea that makes for an easy DIY project because the pieces are packed flat and simply pop out and snap together. It’s available in a natural wood hue, allowing you to paint it yourself, though it’s also sold pre-painted in a variety of colors. Available on Etsy .
Old West Saloon
Would your local birds enjoy a visit to a Western-style saloon? This DIY kit comes unpainted, allowing you to get creative with the final design. It has a 1.25 inch opening, allowing birds of various sizes to visit, though a drill bit is also included allowing you to increase the diameter of the opening. The roof is easily removed so the interior can be cleaned or filled with nesting materials. Available on Amazon .
Weathered Watering Can
This metal birdhouse comes ready to hang, and has a naturally weathered look for a rustic aesthetic. It’s shaped like a classic watering can, and can be simply hung by its handle from a tree branch or installed onto a flat surface. If you have a vintage watering can, the same concept can easily be recreated. Available on Amazon .
Birdhouse ideas that are cheeky and creative like this one are sure to get a laugh out of your guests. Shaped like a rooster dressed up in Western finery, it has dangling feet that dance in the wind. It’s sized to be well-suited for hummingbirds, chickadees, and sparrows. Despite its comical design, it’s actually built for efficiency, with holes and slits in the roof for optimal ventilation. Available on Etsy .
This treehouse-style birdhouse is hand-crafted from eucalyptus plywood and includes creative features like pinecone decor and a rough-hewn ladder. A sign reading “Welcome to our neck of the woods” greets your winged guests. The top opens, allowing you to easily add birdseed, which travels down a chute onto the platform below. Available on Etsy .
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Budding ornithologists and book lovers alike will appreciate this creative birdhouse idea. Each book is hand-made and custom-designed to feature any text or illustration you’d like in order to express your diverse interests. The bookworm birdhouse features a 1.25 inch opening and includes the necessary mounting hardware. Available on Etsy .
Cedar Wood Spirit
This artisanal, hand-carved birdhouse will lend a touch of whimsy to your yard. Because it’s made from cedar, it will age to a gray color over time when exposed to the elements. It can be hung or mounted, and features a removable bottom for easy cleaning. Each one of these wood spirit birdhouses is signed by the artist. Available on Amazon .
Modeled after a Mini Cooper S R53, this ready-to-build birdhouse comes flat packed and simply requires a bit of glue to assemble. It can be left in its natural state or painted to attract different sorts of birds. Anyone with a laser cutter could also use this as inspiration for a DIY project because the cuts are all relatively simple. Available on Etsy .
A fanciful fairy tale cottage makes a perfect pit stop for your local birds. With a curved roof design that’s supposed to look like a paisley, this bird house looks like it jumped right out of a story book. It’s made with distressed galvanized metal and cedar, this design could easily be recreated by a crafty bird lover. Available on Etsy .
Birdhouse ideas such as this wooden barn design will give your house a farmyard feel. This 3D model can be purchased and put together like a puzzle, though it would also make a good intermediate DIY project for a woodworker. This version is made up of 21 interlocking pieces and is constructed from unfinished wood that can be painted or stained to match the aesthetic of your outdoor space. Available on Etsy .
Made from a hollowed-out gourd and a pinecone, this birdhouse would make for an easy crafting project. The gourd is hand-painted to look like a stone cottage with the pinecone acting as the thatched roof. It’s sealed with polyurethane to protect it from the elements and comes with a chain attached so it’s ready to hang. Available on Etsy .
Built-it-Yourself Wooden Cottage
All of the pieces of this build-it-yourself birdhouse are ready to put together, with nails, string, and hooks included in the package. Each piece has pre-drilled screw divots making this a fun art project to complete with children. The design can also be used as inspiration to make a wooden bird cottage of your own. Available on Etsy .
His and Hers Birdhouses
Everyone needs a little privacy—even birds! This “his and hers” style birdhouse features two side-by-side birdhouses on the same wooden base. The entire structure is made from solid wood with a rustic finish. It would make a great wedding or engagement gift for the couple who loves to birdwatch together. Available on Etsy .
Whether you live by the seaside or just want to bring a nautical vibe to your backyard, birdhouse ideas like this lighthouse-shaped example will do the trick. The upper observation deck is a great place to sprinkle bird seed so you can watch feathered visitors in action. This one is constructed from plywood and comes unfinished, allowing you to paint or stain it in any color you’d like. Available on Etsy.
While it may not be large enough to fit actual chickens, this birdhouse is crafted to look like a minimalist chicken coop. It has a streamlined aesthetic, and a simple design that could easily be replicated. This version is made from birch plywood and is ready to be assembled and custom painted. Available on Etsy.
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