I saw a window bird house nestbox awhile back and thought what a cool thing to make. I actually bought my dad one for Christmas last year, and decided to make one on my own. I looked at a few different plans to get some ideas, and for the most part I followed a plan that I saw in the book: Bird-Friendly Nest Boxes and Feeders: 12 Easy-To-Build Designs that Attract Birds to Your Yard I made a few changes to the dimensions on mine. Plus I wanted to attach suction cups to the back of the house so that I could attach to a window. The clear plastic is sized at 5×7 so you can find it in most stores that sell picture frames. I had some plastic sheets that I had leftover from a previous project. I was able to cut mine down to size using my tablesaw. I’m really not sure if there is a “best practice” way of cutting plastic sheets, but it worked pretty well for me.
This really was a great little project that can be done in a weekend. If you follow the plan from the book it shows hanging the feeder in a traditional fashion, but I thought putting this on my daughters window might be fun (and educational) for her. Although after completing this one it means I will probably have to make another one for my son’s window. If you make one of these I would love to hear from you. As always I will put links to some of the things I used at the end of post. Also check out “my attempt” at putting a video together on how to make this.
For the lumber I used Cedar that I purchased from Lowe’s. I was able to do the whole thing using only 1 board. For the back I used a scrap piece of plexiglass that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. The opening is 5″x7″ so you can find a pre-cut piece pretty easily at most stores. I used an exterior rated glue with all my joints(except the bottom). To hang the house I attached 4 suction cups to back. My house will hang from a window. I was able to build the entire project for under $25.
- (1) 1″ x 8″ x 6′ Cedar Board
- (1) 5″ x 7″ plexiglass - back
- (4) Suction Cups with screws
Milling & Assembly
Items used to complete this project