Window Bird House - Nest Box

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Project by Daris posted 08-24-2012 05:02 PM 3157 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Window Birdhouse Completed_Back

I saw one of these awhile back and thought what a cool thing to make.  I actually bought my dad one for Christmas last year, and decided to make one on my own.  I looked at a few different plans to get some ideas, and for the most part I followed a plan that I saw in the book:  Bird-Friendly Nest Boxes and Feeders: 12 Easy-To-Build Designs that Attract Birds to Your Yard I made a few changes to the dimensions on mine.  Plus I wanted to attach suction cups to the back of the house so that I could attach to a window.    The clear plastic is sized at 5×7 so you can find it in most stores that sell picture frames.  I had some plastic sheets that I had leftover from a previous project.  I was able to cut mine down to size using my tablesaw.  I’m really not sure if there is a “best practice” way of cutting plastic sheets, but it worked pretty well for me.

This really was a great little project that can be done in a weekend.  If you follow the plan from the book it shows hanging the feeder in a traditional fashion, but I thought putting this on my daughters window might be fun (and educational) for her.  Although after completing this one it means I will probably have to make another one for my son’s window.  If you make one of these I would love to hear from you. As always checkout my site over at to see more pics and videos of this project.


For the lumber I used Cedar that I purchased from Lowe’s.  I was able to do the whole thing using only 1 board.  For the back I used a scrap piece of plexiglass that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  The opening is 5”x7”  so you can find a pre-cut piece pretty easily at most stores.  I used an exterior rated glue with all my joints(except the bottom).  To hang the house I attached 4 suction cups to back.  My house will hang from a window.  I was able to build the entire project for under $25.

  • (1) 1” x 8” x 6’ Cedar Board
  • (1) 5” x 7” plexiglass - back
  • (4) Suction Cups with screws


Milling & Assembly

Window Birdhouse Side Grooves Window Birdhouse Front Side

To start on this project I cut all of my pieces according to the plan.  I then cut the sides of the house with a 45° edge for the roof line.  Then I cut a 1/8” deep groove 1/4” in from the side.After that I cut the front of the house at a 45° angle to create the roof line.

Window Birdhouse Door Window Birdhouse Back Side Window

After cutting the roof lines on the front of the house I then drilled an entry hole.  I used a 1-1/4” fostner bit for this.For the back of the house I cut a scrap piece of plexiglass down a 5”x7” size.

Window Birdhouse Assembly Sides Window Birdhouse Assembly Back

When I started the assembly I started by attaching the sides to the bottom of the house using 1-1/4” screws.  I didn’t apply any glue so that I could remove it in the future to clean it out.After I attached the sides to the bottom I simply slid the back into the grooves.

Window Birdhouse Assembly Front Window Birdhouse Assembly Front

For the front of the house I used exterior rated glue.  I also tacked the front down using brads.

Window Birdhouse Assembly Bottom

After everything was assembled I drilled five holes in the bottom of the house.  This is for drainage in case any water gets inside.  In hind sight I should have drilled the holes before final assembly.


I made this house of cedar so it’ll age just fine outside.  I attached suction cups that had screws with them.  I bought a kit for that and it attached very securely to my window.

Check out my posting at to see more about this project.


-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 01:06 AM

Nice bird house. Cedar is the wood to use. Will you be putting a back on it?.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 02:25 AM

Actually the back is made out of plexi-glass. Thus it allows you to have a window into the birdhouse. I attached a picture where I mounted it with suction cups, and attached to a window.

-- Daris, Indianapolis,

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#3 posted 08-16-2013 04:31 AM

Did you ever get birds nesting in it?

-- Rick M,

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