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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For the Birds...

Hey All! I think summer is officially here. The weather has been so nice lately! This weekend Handy Andy and I took advantage of the nice weather on Saturday and spent some time outside. We decided to make some birdhouses to put up around the yard to replace this rundown little house that was hanging on our tree when we moved in.

What a sad little bird abode!

So Handy Andy went to work with the table saw cutting out the pieces we needed, based on the design of the old one. We started with a pile of 1x6 boards [which are actually 5.5 inches wide].

Here are some rough measurements:
Top: 7 inches long (make sure to cut the top end at an angle to fit against the back board)
Back: 14 inches long
Sides: 12 inches long on the tall side, 15 degree slant for the roof
Front: Cut to match the short sides of the side pieces
Bottom: 5.5x7 inches

Then we started putting the pieces together. First we used wood glue and then we nailed the pieces together, using vise grips to make sure the glue did it's job first. [I promise I did some of the work, even though all the pictures are just of Handy Andy...]

And then, we had a new house for the birds!

This was such a simple project, and it would be great to do with kids, because they could paint the houses after you're done building them!

I hope you're finding ways to enjoy the weather as well! Have a great week!


  1. That is so cute! What a fun thing to put up in the yard! And now nice of you to make a new home for the birds! Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

  2. So cute! What a great tutorial too! I love having a place for the birds in the yard. Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  3. haha, we do have similar husbands. we are lucky ladies. thanks for following my blog, glad you found me.

  4. I had one of these in my yard growing up--it looked EXACTLY like that!! Too funny! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award--here are the details...http://sewsweetcottage.blogspot.com/2012/06/sunshine-blog-award.html