If red cardinals swarm your property this project is for you. Cardinals are territorial birds and particular when it comes to nesting so it made sense to dedicate a birdhouse enhancing their instincts.
Use bird feeders to attract and keep in mind they only nest in the same place once; This got me thinking their finicky.
Their nests are composed of dry leaves, grass and twigs. They also tend to build nests lower to the ground, near fence lines, interior brush and close to water such as a creek.
They seek open homes verses closed birdhouses and will only occupy if it meets their approval. These birds are a real kick and I was thrilled to learn we have the perfect environment to match their instincts. Which explains why we have such a large volume taking residence.
This birdhouse was designed for Red Cardinals, this fun project will keep you busy from start to finish and it’s perfect for adults and kiddos with a good attention span.
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Wood, Measurements and Inspiration
These small projects are inspired by spending time outdoors; I create in a quite space by myself without interruption using leftover wood. This means it’s easy to change out materials and make something similar if you don’t have access to the wood listed below.
Many times, wood can be acquired from the scrap bin at any hardware store. When I prepare kits for workshops new wood is purchased and the materials list reflects that.
Wood and Building Materials
- 6 ft. cedar fence board – Cut 3 at 7 in. and 1 at 9 in.
- 8 ft. 2 x 6 Pine board – Cut 1 at 8 in.
- 8 ft. 1 x 2 Pine board – Cut 2 at 7 in.
- Electric Saw
- Hammer + Finishing nails + Hanging Screw
- Sand paper
- Rustic Red Dixie Belle Paint – Get Here
- Paint Rag
- Staple gun and Scissors
- Ribbon and Raffia – optional but it sure is cute!
- Stencils of your choice – Mine came from Old Sign Stencils here
- Begin with Cutting the boards to their appropriate measurements.
- Sand wood until smooth.
- Paint Stain the three pine boards with a rag and my favorite Dixie Belle paint, Paint Stain Technique here
- Use finishing nails and attach three same size cedar boards to the 2 x 6 stained board beginning with the back wall first.
- Add the side walls connecting from the bottom and back wall.
- Little note I drilled pilot holes first and used two nails per gathering point.
- Add the roof by placing one red piece onto of the final cedar cut and connect with finishing nails from the inside. This step adds color, detail to the house and a place to add a hanging screw.
- Take two finishing nails per each side and begin attaching the roof.
- Finish by using at least 4 nails to connect the roof to the back wall.
- Add the last red board to the front opening of the birdhouse, this will keep the nest from falling out and add a little protection from bad weather.
At this point in the project I add a few stencil details to dress up the house. This is optional and you can get my how to stencil instructions here. These details personalize the end result making it your own.
Step four is also optional but I must admit it’s one of my favorites because it’s so simple. Take less than a yard of ribbon and attach directly to the wood using a staple gun. Then add the raffia around the hanger in strips to attacks attention.
This house can hang from a tree branch using wire or screw into a fence post from the interior back wall. I would recommend placing this birdhouse near a feeder to inspires nesting. Wouldn’t it be neat to watch a new generation hatch and leave the nest?