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Turn Scraps Into a Unique Recycled Birdhouse

Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This wacky and unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s easy to make, and since it’s all made from recycled bits, it’s inexpensive too.

Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

Don’t you just love the way it blends in and adds a little interest to the garden?

Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

What you need for the recycled birdhouse

This is one of those projects where you’ll have loads of fun rummaging through your scrap pile to find interesting bits and bobs. For the main “body” of the recycled birdhouse, we used some wood that’s been lying around since we made our HOME shelf many years ago. Our first viral post BTW 😀 The roof is a rusty tin ceiling tile. Another leftover from when we gave our boring plant stand this gorgeous makeover.

For the roof use old tin ceiling tiles #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

And to give it that slightly wacky character we used various bits of scrap metal:

  • Rusty key
  • Old lock
  • Hinge
  • Broken copper pipe

But I bet you’ll have your own collection of stuff that you could use 😉

A collection of rusty metal bits to add to the birdhouse #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

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Making the “body” of the birdhouse

Who says a birdhouse has to be square? Amiright!! 😉 What is important though, is the size and dimensions of the birdhouse. How big or small you make your birdhouse will depend on the type of birds you want to attract.

We have a lot of Cape Sparrows in our garden and they have a habit of making nests in the eaves of our roof. Sparrows need a nesting area that’s at least 12 – 14″ high and 4 – 5″ wide. Because the “body” of the birdhouse is diamond-shaped I added an extra 2 inches to the height to take into account the steep pitch of the floor and roof. We don’t want our feathered friends bumping their heads when they’re taking care of their babies 😉 I cut the shapes out with a jigsaw. If you’ve never used a jigsaw, here’s a handy guide to get you started.

USe a jigsaw to cut the front, back and sides #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

For the sides, I measured the distance from the side points of the diamond shape to about 1 1/2″ from the bottom and cut two pieces as shown below.

THe wooden pieces needed for the body of the birdhouse #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

And used a hole saw to make the entrance hole about 8″ up from the bottom of one of the diamond shapes.

Cutting a small hole in the birdhouse #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

Drill a few small holes in the other diamond shape, and the sides to prevent bees from moving in. It’s a trick a beekeeper friend of ours taught us many moons ago. Apparently, bees don’t like a breeze in their homes. I think it ruffles their wings 😉

Paint or stain the wood. Look for a paint that’s water-resistant, non-toxic and offers protection against mildew and UV rays. It’s also a good idea to choose a color that blends in with the natural surroundings so it doesn’t catch the attention of predators. I prefer to leave the inside untreated just in case any paint or stain fumes are harmful. Glue and screw the body of the recycled birdhouse together.

Gluing and screwing the front, back and sides together #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

Adding the tin ceiling roof

Once the glue dries, we can get cracking with the roof. For our recycled birdhouse I used rusty tin ceiling tiles. Just a word of caution before using any old tin ceiling tiles that still have paint on them. Back in the day, they were often painted with lead paint and I know it’s harmful to humans, so it’s probably not a good thing to use for our feathered friends either. We tested these using LeadCheck (affiliate link). Just swab the surface and if it turns a reddish color, there’s lead in the paint which will need to be removed first.

To make the tin ceiling roof, measure how long the sides of the roof need to be and use a block of wood to help bend the tile.

How to bend the tin ceiling tile #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

Cut the excess with some tin snips and sand the edges to get rid of any burrs or sharp bits. Flatten the tile out a little, apply some oven cleaner and scrub thoroughly with a wire brush to remove any rust and sand smooth. It takes some elbow grease but it’s worth it. You don’t need to de-rustify the whole tile, just the bit that will go over the interior of the birdhouse. Wipe the tile down with a damp cloth, before spraying with some fish oil to prevent it from rusting again. Trust me on this one. Fish oil works, and I bet you’ve never seen a rusty fish 😉 Wait for the fish oil to penetrate completely (about a week).

Remove any rust with a wire brush #tinceiling  #birdhouse

Place the bent tin ceiling tile on the body of the recycled birdhouse and hammer a few nails in, to secure.

A view from the top of the roof. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

Giving the recycled birdhouse some character

To give the exterior of the birdhouse some character we used a few rusty pieces that have all been sealed with Rust-Oleum’s Clear Matt Sealer. There’s a hinge sun awning above the entrance hole.

A rusty hinge for an awning. Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This cute and wacky birdhouse is made entirely from recycled bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

I’m not sure if our feathered friends will ever need it, but it looks cool.

A close up view of the rusty metal hinge awning. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

There’s an old doorknob thingy and key if they need somewhere to sit and enjoy the garden.

A rusty key for a perch. Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

And finally, a bent copper pipe for a chimney.

A bent copper pipe makes a great chimney for the recycled birdhouse

When you hang your recycled birdhouse, the entrance hole should ideally face away from prevailing winds. It helps keep the rain out. Here in South Africa we normally hang ours facing South or East so they can enjoy the early morning sunshine without getting too hot during the day.

Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse #recycledbirdhouse

We also have 4 purr babies, so we have to be careful where we hang any birdhouses. This one went into the front garden. Our purr babies like being around us and hardly ever venture that side of the garden.  But with that being said, I may just move the birdhouse after seeing this stunning idea that my friend Linda, who blogs at Mixed Kreations, shared a few weeks back. And we already have a broken pitchfork in our scrap pile.

If you like the idea of making your own unique recycled birdhouse don’t forget to pin it for later

Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

Caring is sharing 😉

Want to add some rusty curb appeal or improve your backyard? This unique recycled birdhouse is made entirely from scrap bits and has so much character. It’s inexpensive and easy to make too The tutorial includes all the instructions to make your own. #rusticbirdhouse #DIYbirdhouse #paintedbirdhouse #acraftymix #birdhouseideas #uniquebirdhouse

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And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

Made with love by a Crafty Mix

Categories:   Craft Tutorials, Hacks & Revamps, Home Decor Crafts, Quick & Easy Crafts, Trash to Treasure

Comments

  • Posted: November 9, 2019 07:28

    Claire

    Love the bird house and especially the ironmongry on the front.
    • Posted: November 9, 2019 10:11

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much, Claire. It was a fun one to make and we got to use all those rusty bits too
  • Posted: November 5, 2019 16:44

    Kim

    This is super charming. Could you make one in my size? It's the she shed I've always dreamed about! ;) But seriously...
    • Posted: November 6, 2019 05:53

      acraftymix

      Now that's a stunning idea Kim. I would love to turn the little birdhouse into a lifesize she shed 😃
  • Posted: November 5, 2019 04:56

    Michelle James

    This is such a cool project Michelle. I always love your creativity!
    • Posted: November 5, 2019 05:14

      acraftymix

      Thank you Michelle, that means lot to me
  • Posted: November 4, 2019 23:25

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Love your birdhouse with the scrap bits and pieces! It has lots of rustic charm! I did not know about drilling small holes to keep bees out. I wonder if that works for wasp as well. We have a problem with wasp moving in to our birdhouses. I am going to give it a try. Thank you so much for the mention! 😘
    • Posted: November 5, 2019 05:19

      acraftymix

      Mmmmm, it's worth a try to see if it keeps wasps away too. I do know that spraying the inside with clove, geranium, and lemongrass essential oils mixed in water will definitely help. And I loved your birdhouse idea Linda. Soooo very cool 👌
  • Posted: November 4, 2019 17:14

    Linda Krenz

    I've been waiting for a DIY post for a birdhouse. Thank you. I love how you incorporated so many rustic elements. It's so adorable - I don't think I can wait for spring to make this!
    • Posted: November 5, 2019 05:19

      acraftymix

      You're most welcome Linda. I'm really happy you like this wacky, recycled version 😘
  • Posted: November 4, 2019 15:45

    Mary

    This is such a pretty rustic rendition of the birdhouse and I know it fits right in with all your magical garden DIY's. The fairies are having a party!!
    • Posted: November 5, 2019 11:56

      acraftymix

      😍 Thanks so much Mary.
  • Posted: November 4, 2019 14:04

    Melanie Riley

    This is fantastic and so clever!
    • Posted: November 4, 2019 14:47

      acraftymix

      Thank you Melanie 🤗, I'm hoping our feathered friends think so too
  • Posted: November 4, 2019 13:30

    Maria

    I love bird houses and this one you made is just amazing. True work of art
    • Posted: November 4, 2019 13:46

      acraftymix

      You and me both Maria and they're so much fun to put together too 😉
  • Posted: November 4, 2019 13:27

    Lori Nell

    Great tutorial, Michelle! It's so darling.
    • Posted: November 4, 2019 13:44

      acraftymix

      Glad you like it Lori 😘

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