How to Build a Hollow Log Birdhouse

If you have a lot of birds hanging around in your trees, you should make them a birdhouse.

Birdhouses are relatively simple to make utilizing things you can find around your yard and in your tool box. One of the simplest birdhouses is a hollow-log birdhouse. Just locate a log, hollow it out and hang it up.

Find a decent-sized cedar or birch log for the birdhouse. It doesn't have to be very long, but it does need a decent girth.

Use a drill with a paddle bit that is about 2/3 the width of the log to hollow it out. If you don't have a paddle bit, you can cut the log in half lengthwise, hollow it out and then glue it back together.

Chisel out the remaining wood in the hollow log using a wood chisel. Be careful not to break through to the other side of the log.

Drill an access hole in the front of the hollow log. It's easiest to use a medium size paddle bit to do this, but you can use a regular drill bit and just work it around the outside of the hole to enlarge it.

Make a roof and a floor with pieces of plywood or shingles. Secure them using galvanized nails. Drill a tiny hole in the front beneath the door to place a perch made with a twig or small stick.

Place an eye hook in the roof and hang the hollow-log birdhouse with heavy-duty fishing line.

Things You Will Need

  • Cedar or birch log, 4 to 8 inches in girth
  • Drill with paddle bit
  • Wood chisel
  • Galvanized nails
  • Plywood or shingle
  • Eye hook
  • Twig
  • Heavy-duty fishing line