I love birds, so I decided that this weekend’s project should be a birdhouse. It’s really easy to make and rewarding too. You just need a few hours, some dry twigs and a few wine corks to start and you’ll find below the way to do it.

The list of materials goes like this:

  • Some dry twigs for the walls of the birdhouse
  • Around 10 wine corks for the roof and floor
  • Some polystyrene for the roof and floor
  • A glue gun with 2 or 3 glue sticks

birdhouse materials

The first thing to do is to cut the twigs to the desired size. The easiest way to measure the birdhouse is to lay the twigs around the floor or roof. They have different thicknesses, so you may need more on one side and fewer on the other.

side walls and roof

After cutting the sides, we need to make the front and back of the house. In order to have a nice slope for the roof, leave around ¼” extra length when cutting the twigs for the back.

birdhouse backside

The front will need a hole for the birds to enter and exit, so we’ll leave a 1½” entrance. This size is OK for sparrows, blue, coal and marsh tits, great tits, nuthatches and pied flycatchers.

birdhouse roof and walls

After cutting the twigs we can move on to the roof. I used a polystyrene roof for heat insulation and as a base on which to glue the cork. We cut the corks into thin slices and glue them on the roof using this pattern to water proof the house and hide the polystyrene. White isn’t a very attractive color for birds so stick to natural browns and grays.

polystyrene roof and cork

I also made the base in the same manner as the roof, using polystyrene for the floor and cork slices underneath to hide it and waterproof it.

The next thing I did was to glue the roof to the walls. After gluing the walls together, you need to add a central beam made from a longer twig. It will support the roof and act as a base on which to stick it to.


As a final step, add a perch for the little fellas. I made mine from an ice cream stick.

You’re done! Now go hang it in a tree and watch as the little birds move in. Let us know how it went in the comments below.


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