Invisible Birdhouse

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Project by Steve posted 09-30-2014 04:21 PM 2383 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this birdhouse for the Summers Woodworking birdhouse contest. The inside dimensions are about 5”x5”x10” and it has a 1-1/2” hole, which is suitable for bluebirds.

Click here if you would like to watch my YouTube video of this project.

It’s made from reclaimed cedar fence boards that I planed down to just under 1/2” thick. I cut mirrors and attached them to the sides with rubber cement and hot melt glue to make it appear invisible.

I understand that birds can be frightened by their reflection and sometimes they crash into windows. To help prevent this, I painted the front entry black and angled the front mirror downward so the bird would not see its reflection.

I hope to capture some video of a bird visiting it sometime. I have not seen any birds using my other birdhouses lately though. It must be a slow time of year for nesting.

It really does appear invisible if you catch it at the right angle. I walked outside once to check on it and thought it had fallen off the tree, but it was still there…I just couldn’t see it. Really weird.

Thanks for taking a second to look at my crazy birdhouse! Steve…

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 06:17 PM

Wait is there something there I can’t tell LOL

Such a kewl idea great job

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 10:45 PM

That is VERY neat!

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#3 posted 10-01-2014 12:24 AM

That is a birdhouse of a different color. At first I thought it was plexiglass. Awesome idea and work.

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#4 posted 10-01-2014 08:28 AM

I can appreciate what you have done to make sure the bird isn’t frightened by its own reflection, but are you sure the bird will be able to find the birdhouse in the first place ;-)

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#5 posted 10-01-2014 10:48 AM

Oh, never mind. I came here looking for a house for invisible birds ;)

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#6 posted 10-02-2014 01:20 AM

I thought it was plexiglass, too. There is a treehouse in Europe with the same idea. Put mirrors on the outside so it looks invisible. That house is coated in some kind of coating so the birds can see it. We can’t see it, though. Cool concept.

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 11:45 PM


Very innovative idea!

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 01:16 PM

I just use clear spray paint. That’s easier than cutting mirrors. Lol

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#9 posted 10-13-2014 01:01 PM

Thanks everybody! I brought it inside since bluebirds don’t seem to be using any of my birdhouses right now. I will put it out in Spring to see if they notice it. I’ll have to do a follow up and try to get some on video.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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