Make a Birdhouse Planter for Succulents and Flowers

Renee Valdes
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Difficulty: Intermediate
Duration: 2-4 hours


Make a beautiful birdhouse planter filled with succulents and red and pink flowers for Valentine’s Day. This project makes for a unique DIY gift or centerpiece in your own home.


Thanks to Chris Haygood of The Home Depot Community for designing our project.

Step 1

Cut the plywood

Make the following cuts in your pre-sanded plywood:

  • Four main house walls: 5 ½ x 12 inch
  • Four front/back planter walls: 5 ½ x 5 ¼ inch
  • Two planter sides: 5 ½ x 3 inch
  • One base piece: 8 x 17 ½ inch
  • One short roof piece: 7 x 4 ¼ inch and one long roof piece: 7 x 5 inch
Step 2

Create the roof lines

  • Take two of the main house walls and use the carpenter square to draw a 45-degree angle from the center of the board to each side.
  • Cut along this line to create the peak for the roof. 
  • Take the other two main house walls and cut the height down to 9 ¼ inches.
Step 3

Drill holes for entrance and perch

  • Measure 4 inches down from the roof peak on one of the main house boards and use the 2-inch hole saw to drill the entrance for the birdhouse.
  • About 1 inch below the entrance hole, drill the hole(s) for the decorative perch.
Step 4

Make planter cuts

  • Take the four 5 ½ x 5 ¼-inch planter front/back boards and measure and mark up one of the 5 ¼-inch sides at 3 inches.
  • Create a line between the 3-inch mark and the opposite 5 ¼-inch edge and cut along the line.
  • Repeat for the other three boards. These will be the planters.
Step 5

Assemble the main house

  • Begin assembly of the birdhouse by screwing the shorter main house walls between the peaked walls.
  • Make sure to pre-drill for the screws to prevent splitting and spread glue along the edges before driving the screws in.
Step 6

Create the border for birdhouse base

  • Create a ½-inch border around the base board on both sides.
  • On what will be the underside of the base, create another ¾-inch border inside of the other border. This will make it much easier to lineup the screws with the underside of the house.
Step 7

Assemble the planters

  • Begin to put together the planters on the sides of the birdhouse by screwing the short planter side between two of the angled planter front/back boards. Remember to pre-drill and add glue before driving the screws in.
  • Repeat assembly once more for the other planter.
  • If you haven’t placed the perch yet, do it now. Once the house gets drilled to the base, access will be difficult.
Step 8

Glue and clamp

  • You will now have three assembled pieces to work with: two planters and the main house.
  • Working one assembly at a time, run a bead of glue under the assembly and hold in place with a clamp. 
Step 9

Drill all pieces to base

  • From the underside of the birdhouse planter base, use the inner outline made previously and pre-drill holes.
  • Drive the screws into the base.
  • Repeat this process for the other assembled pieces.
Step 10

Attach the roof pieces

  • Take the shorter roof section and attach it to the birdhouse planter before the longer section of the roof. Remember to pre-drill and use glue.
Step 11

Paint or stain

  • Cover the perch with the painter’s tape, then paint or stain the entire birdhouse.
  • Apply a second coat if desired. We used Minwax interior stain in dark walnut for the project pictured here.
Step 12

Plant succulents and flowers

  • Place small plant saucers (4-inch) inside the planter boxes to catch water, then place your succulents in their containers. You can repot them if desired in small terra cotta pots.
  • For a final touch, add cut flowers, such as red and pink roses or carnations, to fill the planter.
  • If you prefer, line the birdhouse planters with landscape fabric, then plant succulents and flowers directly inside. 
Step 13


  • Give your birdhouse planter as a gift for a loved one or just keep it displayed inside your home. When the weather warms up, you can also use the birdhouse outside.
  • If you expect to use the birdhouse planter outside, be sure to stain it with an exterior stain or paint product.

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