How to make a birdhouse for the garden this spring in 10 easy steps

Here’s 10 simple DIY steps to follow to create your very own birdhouse at home this spring

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Create your very own birdhouse with a living roof using our 10 simple steps

Whilst you’re snuggled on the sofa, spare a thought for the birds in your garden. Better still, why not make your feathered friends a birdhouse with a living roof. Large or small, it doesn’t matter what size garden you have. This handy home is easily attached to a wall – so it’s a space saver that looks good and the birds will be grateful too.

We asked DIY experts, Dremel to send us this simple step-by-step pictorial guide with instructions so you can get to making a birdhouse for your feathered friends.

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And here are the steps!

Step 0: What you’ll need: 5.2mm triplex plywood for the birdhouse itself, 6mm dowel sticks for the connections, a DSM20 compact cutting saw, a Dremel Multi-Tool like the Dremel 3000, a Dremel line and circle cutter, a cutter accessory, a sanding accessory and a pencil.

Step 1: Trace out the shapes of the walls of the birdhouse onto the plywood – see Step 8 for an overview of the ‘planks’ you’ll need to cut.

Step 2: Use the DSM20 to cut out the shapes.

Step 3: Saw the dowel sticks to size although remember that they will need to be several mm bigger than the width of the house.

Step 4: Use the Dremel 3000 to drill out the small holes into which you will insert the dowels. Next, use a cutter accessory to make the holes a little bigger.

Step 5: Use the Dremel line and circle cutter to cut the big hole through which birds will enter the birdhouse – their front door! Next, sand the entrance to the birdhouse with a sanding band accessory.

Step 6: Use the DSM20 to create notches in the side sections. The roof will be attached to them later.Note: The lower you make the notches, the higher the plants you will need.

Step 7: Use your multi-tool with a cutting accessory to make the smaller notches for the side sections of the birdhouse. This will make it easier for you to remove these small pieces of wood.

Step 8: Once you have completed all the above steps correctly, you will have this assembly kit in front of you.

Step 9: Carefully assemble your birdhouse. Slide the various parts together, making sure that the holes are at the side.

Step 10: Push the dowels through the holes on the sides. If necessary, use a hammer to carefully tap them through the holes as pictured here.

Finish off your birdhouse with some pretty plants on the roof. Tip: A climbing plant would look great growing over the edge of the roof.

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If you’re looking for more inspiration to get your creative juices flowing, visit Dremel for more DIY projects or follow them on Facebook for regular hints, tips and competitions.

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