Building a birdhouse isn’t just for woodshop class. It’s a relatively simple craft that can bring a touch of charm to your yard, and help you attract all different varieties of feathered friends!
- Lay the 8½-inch piece of wood flat on a drop cloth or piece of newspaper for protection, and, using the hammer, nail one of the 7¼-inch pieces to the back of the longer wood piece. Take the 4¼-inch wood pieces, and nail one to each side of the house-shaped piece to form an open box. Set aside.
- Take the other 7¼-inch piece, and, using the drill and 1½-inch bit, drill a hole toward the top of the piece for birds to fly in and out. Sand the rough edges of the hole with sandpaper.
- Nail the remaining front piece of the house onto the front side of the box shape to close, and then lean one of the remaining 8½-inch wood planks lengthwise against one side of the house, and nail to secure. Repeat with the last 8½-inch wood piece to form the roof.
- Put on your protective eyewear, and using the hammer, begin to break up the tile into small pieces. Using tile adhesive, glue the tile pieces to the roof about 1-inch apart. Once dry, fill in the spaces between tiles with tile grout, and let dry.
- Once the grout has hardened, wipe of any excess on the tiles with a damp cloth, and paint the rest of the wood, if desired. When the paint is dry, nail the birdhouse onto a tall wooden post to place in your yard, or hang from a tree.
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