How to Make a Green Roof Birdhouse

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Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 2 hours


Let your feathered friends make a home in this DIY green roof birdhouse with succulents. It takes about two hours to complete. When it’s ready, just think of all the birdwatching you can do right in your own yard. This living roof birdhouse also makes a great gift.

Thanks to David Orosco of The Home Depot Community for designing our project.

Step 1

Start by cutting the plywood to these dimensions:

  • 4 pieces cut 12″ x 6″
  • 2 pieces cut 12″ x 4″ and 2 pieces cut 8″ x 4″
  • 1 piece cut 10.5″ x 6″ and 1 piece cut 4.5″ x 6″
  • 4 pieces cut 9″ x 4″ for the faux roof
Step 2

For the birdhouse entrance, use a 2” hole saw bit toward the top of one of the 12” x 6” plywood pieces. This is where the birds will enter and exit. By keeping the entrance closer to the top, it will help keep the rain and snow out of the nest.

Step 3

The main birdhouse is created by assembling the four 12″ x 6″ pieces of cut plywood. Since the screws will be added from the front, the sides will be hidden behind the front pieces. Drill pilot holes before adding the screws to keep the plywood from splitting.

Step 4

To make the rooftop planter, take the two 12″ x 4″ and two 8″ x 4″ plywood pieces to make the frame of the planter. Now take the 10.5″ x 6″ plywood and create pilot holes and drill screws into the bottom of the birdhouse frame you just made.

Step 5

Now you’ll create the faux rooftop trim by using four 9″ x 4″ plywood pieces. What you’ll do is position them slanted in front of the rooftop planter. Use a straightedge to draw a line in the center from top to bottom of the wood. Then you’ll take each piece and cut them to make the roof.

Step 6

Next, you’ll add the bottom to the main birdhouse using the 4.5″ x 6″ cut plywood with pilot holes. Screw it in place. You will also want to connect the faux roof to the main birdhouse with screws.

Step 7

It’s time to paint or stain your birdhouse to ensure it holds up in the rain and snow. If you choose to stain the birdhouse, add a coat of polyurethane to further protect it.

Step 8

Make the perch by taking the drawer pull and screwing it in just below the entrance to the birdhouse. Drill pilot holes on the top sides of the birdhouse planter. By hand, turn the eyelet screws into the birdhouse. These will be used for hanging.

Step 9

Grab your potting soil and succulents. Start to layer potting soil inside the planter and fill the planter with several varieties of succulents.

Step 10

Now all you need to do is hang your green roof birdhouse. Knot some thick twine or rope around the planter.

The birds are going to love your new birdhouse and so will you!

If you’re looking for other ideas, you could also make your own birdhouse planter.

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