Make a beautiful birdhouse planter filled with succulents or 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.
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 & one long roof piece: 7- x 5-inch
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.
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 one inch below the entrance hole, drill the hole(s) for the decorative perch.
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 three 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 the process for the other assembled pieces.
Attach the roof pieces
Take the shorter roof section and attach it to the birdhouse planter before the longer section of roof. Remember to pre-drill and use glue.
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.
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 the final touches, 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.
- 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.
See our other birdhouse projects for more great ideas:
- Make a Birdhouse Centerpiece in a Nest of Succulents
- How to Make a Green Roof Birdhouse
- Make a Birdhouse Planter
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