For the Birds

Assembled with specific dimensions designed to replace the natural hollows and cavities found in mature trees, a homemade bluebird house will provide a safe location for bluebirds to nest and hatch their eggs.

Step 1

Buy, Cut and Sand Wood

Buy or source a 5’ x 5-1/2” x 3/4” plank of untreated wood. Pine or cedar are excellent choices, but any untreated wood will do.

Measure and cut wood to the following dimensions. Mark and cut each piece before continuing to the next. Cut List: one 14” x 5-1/2” (back); two 9” x 5-1/2” (sides); one 7” x 5-1/2” (roof); one 4” x 4-3/4” (bottom); and one 9” x 4” (front).

Once all pieces are cut, lightly sand any rough edges.

Step 2



Assemble House

Assemble back, sides, roof and bottom using nails. Sides should be flush with the base of the bluebird house. Back should hang about an inch below the bottom. A clamp in not necessary, but can be helpful for keeping edges straight during assembly.

Step 3

Drill Entrance and Place Front Piece

Drill a 1-1/2” entrance hole in the front panel centered from the sides and the top of the hole approximately 1-3/4” from the top.

Pro Tip

Place the front on the box, leaving a 1/4” gap between the top of the front and the roof. This gap will allow the front to pivot open and also provides necessary ventilation.

Step 4

Secure the Front Piece

Secure the front to the house with a single nail on each side 1/2” from the top. Make sure the front pivots easily. This panel allows easy access for observation and cleaning.

Step 5



Prepare to Mount

Drill a small hole at the top or bottom edge of the back for easy mounting.

Step 6



Fun with Colors

Painting is not necessary, but it's a great way to add flair to your bluebird house.

Pro Tip

If you decide to paint the bluebird house, choose a light color paint (dark colors will draw unwanted heat to the nest). Alos, don't paint the interior of the house.

Step 7

Secure the Door and Mount

Attach a small pivoting catch at the bottom edge of the door to keep it from swinging open. A bent nail will work. Here we have used a tack intended for securing electrical wires.

Mount the box at a height of at least five feet near open land, but within 100 feet of shrubs, trees or other locations where birds may perch. Multiple boxes are encouraged at distances of 50 to 100 yards.