No garden is complete without a charming birdhouse. You’ll be even more proud of your garden if you’ll decorate it with something made with your own hands.
A birdhouse is composed in general by: a base, a roof, predators guards and perches. Birdhouses can be made from many types of weather-resistant materials, new and recycled, and can take any form and dimension you wish. The only thing you have to decide is if you want just a decorative item or a functional home for birds too.
Not all birds will move into a birdhouse and those who do this are very selective. Birds are usually looking for a nest that can protect them from predators with adequate ventilation, and large enough to shelter their future family.
As visual appealing birdhouse can be for you, it is equally important to be safe for the tenants. There are few things to take into consideration in order to keep away predators from your birdhouse.
– For example, perches, although charming items, are dangerous because it can be used by the predators as a convenient handhold to steady themselves when they raid the nest. To avoid unhappy events, you better use a perch on the side of the house where it will double as a handle.
– The entrance hole is also a very important element. This should be large enough for the adult birds to enter but small enough to keep out larger competitors or even predators. Moreover, it is indicated to endow the birdhouse with a hole restrictor too. This is a metal plate that is fastened over the existing entrance hole to prevent the hole enlargement by the predator.
– Besides the fact that they provide shade and rain shelter, longer roofs also can limit predators’ reach and prevent them from accessing the entrance.
In the end, after you have built a charming and safe birdhouse, you should also project a bird friendly environment. Birds will appreciate food sources and fresh drinking water and will live happily in your yard. But be aware! Never put food in a birdhouse, because food also attracts predators and insects.
For your inspiration I have made a list with 30 birdhouses based on the type of the materials used for their creation. As you will notice, all these birdhouses are made from recycled materials. Enjoy!
Photo source: flamingpetal.co.nz
Photo source: blog.ecoetsy.com
3. Ceramic Teapot
4. Metal teapot
Created by Robin Brow. Photo source: teawithmarykate.wordpress.com
5. Watering can
Created by Brian Carlisle/ gadgetsponge.com
6. Porcelain enamel pitcher
Created by Brian Carlisle/gadgetsponge.com. Photo source: junkmarketstyle.com
7. Gas can
Created by Milepost7/etsy.com
8. Milk carton
Photo source: kiwimagonline.com
9. Coffee cans
Photo source: lowes.com
10. Plastic bottles
Photo source: goodshomedesign.com
11. Wood & vegetable steamer
Photo source: gardenjunk.org
12. Coconut shell
Photo source: instructables.com
13. Salvaged parts (Old oil can, rustic funnel, tractor parts, vintage insulators)
Photo source: thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com
Created by Carolyn Hietala
15. Mosaic (tiles, marbles, dishware and so on)
Photo source: bhg.com
16. Ice cream sticks
Photo source: craftprojectideas.com
17. Cinder block
Photo source: bobvila.com
18. Old boot
Photo by Livesay Photography’s
19. Old tools – shovels and rakes
Photo source: 1001gardens.org
20. Wine box
Photo source: treehugger.com
21. Wine barrels
Photo source: mastergardenproducts.com
22. Salvaged shop signs
Created by Peter Marigold
23. Flower pot
Photo source: craftster.org
24. Plastic pipe
Photo source: birdwatchersdigest.com
Photo source: jmbamboo.com
26. Vintage thermos
Created by The Dusty Raven/etsy.com
27. Cookie tin
Created by Milepost7/etsy.com
28. Soccer ball
Photo source: gardensandcrafts.blogspot.com
Created by FeathersOfTheForest/etsy.com
30. Mix of materials taken from nature
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