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Build a pretty birdhouse complete with webcam!
We were sent a Dremel 7700 cordless multi-tool to test out and decided to make a birdhouse for our balcony. It has a perch and front garden, where we've scattered bread and seeds. There's even a webcam inside so we can see if any birds decide to move in.



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Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1119 projects »
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  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 1
    Step 1

    You'll want to vary the size of your birdhouse and the opening hole depending upon the kind of birds you'd like to attract. Make paper templates for the front, back, sides, roof and base of the birdhouse.

    These measurements will depend on the thickness of the wood but here are the dimensions we used:

    Front & Back: 21cm in the middle tapering to 16cm at the sides x 14cm.

    Sides: 16cm x 14cm.

    Roof: 19cm x 11cm .

    Base: 28cm x 14cm.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 2
    Step 2

    Trace around the templates on to the wood using a pencil.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out the pieces from the pine using a wood-cutting attachment for the Dremel.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 4
    Step 4

    File down the edges of your pieces to get them smooth.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut the top edge of the roof pieces at a 90 degree angle so that they join together nicely.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 6
    Step 6

    Find the center of the front piece using a ruler and mark with a cross.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use a compass to draw a circle in the size you'd like the hole to be. Do some Googling beforehand to find the correct size of hole for the type of bird you'd like to attract. We went for 1.5" which is a standard size for most small birds.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 8
    Step 8

    Cut out this hole by drilling around the circumference several times with the Dremel and then pushing the center out. Use a sanding attachment to neaten up the edges.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 9
    Step 9

    Construct the house, using a strong adhesive to hold it together while you work. Then screw it together at the sides.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 10
    Step 10

    We then mounted a webcam on the back inside wall with a screw. This is optional but so much fun.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 11
    Step 11

    Attach the roof and screw in to place.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now for the fun part... it's time to decorate the birdhouse.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 13
    Step 13

    We painted the house blue.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 14
    Step 14

    We then painted the roof red, using masking tape to make sure it had a clean crisp edge.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 15
    Step 15

    We then cut lollipop sticks in half with the Dremel and gave them a pointy edge, to look like a picket fence, and painted them white.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 16
    Step 16

    We then used the Dremel glue gun to hot glue the fence to the outside of the house.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 17
    Step 17

    Stick a supporting lollipop stick to the inside of the fence, when you get to the front of the base.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 18
    Step 18

    Leave a small opening at the front, like a gate.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 19
    Step 19

    Cut the round ends off some craft sticks, paint white and use to add a scalloped edge decoration around the hole of the birdhouse.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 20
    Step 20

    If you want to add a little perch. Use the Dremel to drill a small hole, wide enough for your dowel below the hole of the birdhouse.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 21
    Step 21

    Cut a short length of dowel, paint white and glue in to the hole.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 22
    Step 22

    Finish the decoration by cutting small triangles from the lollipop sticks, painting in bright colours and glueing about the hole to look like bunting.

  • How to make a bird house. Birdhouse - Step 23
    Step 23

    Paint with a layer of varnish and leave to dry. Repeat with at least two more coats before mounting outdoors.

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Kriskat
Kriskat · San Francisco, California, US · 20 projects
such a smart idea! I have always wanted to see baby birds up close without disturbing them!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1399 projects
Sadly there haven't been any residents yet but I read it might take a few years for them to move in.
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water and fire fairy
water and fire fairy · 8 projects
cool
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