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How To Build A Rustic Birdhouse

Do y’all remember the Potting Table tutorial using old porch posts as legs? Do you remember that we cut the post legs off get the correct height? Well, guess what I did with the left over scrapes? Yep! I built a Birdhouse!

Okay, I guess that was a little obvious!! So today, I’m sharing How To Build A Rustic Bird House out of scrape materials that were left over from that project! I’ve been determined to find a use for those leftover posts because you know that “I’m a waste not kind of girl”!

Gather Supplies to make a Birdhouse

Let’s begin by gathering these simple supplies to build your rustic bird house.

  • Scrape Porch posts
  • Rusty tin
  • Nails

If you missed the potting table tutorial, you can see it here.

Materials used to build a rustic bird house.  See instructions on how to make one yourself.

Step 1 – Cut the Metal for the Roof

The first thing we did was cut the roof material using some old tin we had been saving for just such a project. You need to measure and get an estimate of the roof proportions based on the size of your posts. Once you determine the size for the roof, use a saw blade to cut the tin to the desired proportions. Note: Be sure to use a saw blade designed to cut metal.

Step 2 – Bend the Metal

We found that bending metal into a V shape isn’t as easy as it looks? Therefore, it may be necessary to score the metal or clip the edges. As a result, the metal should bend along a relatively straight line. I placed the bent metal on the posts to assure that the proportions were correct for our rustic birdhouses.

Step 3 – Cut the post top on an angle

Next, you need to cut the top of your posts to form an A line roof because you want to make yours posts look like a house. To determine the angle, use the metal roof as a guide and draw a line. You will follow the angle drawn and use a chop saw to remove the corners from the top section of the scrape post.

Cutting an angle on the posts allow the metal roof to fit perfectly on these DIY handmade rustic birdhouses.

Step 4 – Drill the holes for the birdhouse

Next, you need to drill a hole in the center of the post at your desired height. Therefore, you will need a hand held drill and a drill bit the desired size of the hole.

Drill a hole in the center of the post for the bird.

After that, you will drill a small pilot hole just below the larger hole for your birds resting spot. We used some vintage nails that were pulled from reclaimed ship lap boards for the resting spot, however you can use a small dowel rod, nail or any items of your choice.

Antique nails pulled from old ship lap were added to the rustic birdhouse

Step Five – Attach the roof

Finally, it’s time to attach the roof to your Rustic Bird House. First, you should drill a small pilot hole in the metal where it will be attached to the birdhouse. As a result, the nail can be easily hammered through the metal and into the wood of the birdhouse.

Rusty tin from a trash pile was transformed into the birdhouse roof.   See how to make a rustic birdhouse.
Ta-DA – A Rustic BirdHouse

What do you think of this trash to treasure rustic birdhouse project? I had previously dug the roof material out of a trash pile that we found on our property. I didn’t know what to do with it at the time, however, I knew at some point it would come in handy.

Whimsical Rustic Bird House made from Scrap Materials that we had on hand.  See step by step instructions

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Rusty Metal roofs were made from scrape metal found in a trash pile on the property.  The perfect topper for building these Rustic Bird Houses.  See easy instructions for building your own.

The bird houses are perfect decor for the potting bench or the greenhouse. In fact, I will probably be use them to style the DIY Greenhouse for fall. If you’d like to see how to build a greenhouse, click here.

How to build a Rustic Bird House out of scrape materials and trash pile finds.  See how to make these whimsical birdhouses.

My husband and I were able to build both bird houses in approximately an hour and all the materials were Free. As a result, I am thrilled with how they look. I hope you are too.

Perfect accessory for the potting bench.  Two Rustic Bird Houses built from scrape materials.  See easy instructions on how to build your own.
How to build a rustic birdhouse using scrape materials.  Step by step instructions to making these cute decorative DIY birdhouses.  Garden and Greenhouse project.
How to build a rustic birdhouse using scrape materials.  Step by step instructions to making these cute decorative DIY birdhouses.  Garden and Greenhouse project.

Miche Ortega

Friday 7th of August 2020

Those are PRECIOUS! I am new to your blog, so I can't wait to go back and catch up. I can tell you have a lot of energy and inspiration. Thanks so much.

rahrags@gmail.com

Friday 7th of August 2020

Miche, Thank you so much for these sweet comments. I appreciate you for stopping by. Rachel

Marilyn

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

So cute--and I love that you just used scraps!

rahrags@gmail.com

Friday 7th of August 2020

Marilyn, I really appreciate your comments. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. Rachle

Allyson

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

What a great idea using leftovers to creative these awesome birdhouses for decor ~ I love the rustic look!

rahrags@gmail.com

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Allyson, I am so glad you like them. Thank you for stopping by. Rachel

Marie-Interior Frugalista

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Love the rustic charm of your birdhouses, Rachel, and that you were able to recycle the offcuts.

rahrags@gmail.com

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Marie, It's my favorite thing to do. I love trash to treasure DIY. Thank you so much for commenting. Rachel

Theresa Rasche

Friday 31st of July 2020

These are just so so cute! Thanks for sharing! I have a thing for birdhouses😁💕

rahrags@gmail.com

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Theresa, I'm so glad you like them. Thanks for your sweet comments. Rachel