How to Build a Lighthouse Birdhouse

Birdhouses are fun to make, but also serve a great purpose by providing shelter for birds.
You can create a birdhouse with PVC pipes.
Although you can make a birdhouse from almost any materials, PVC works well for people who are not comfortable with a hammer and nails. It especially works well for lighthouse-themed birdhouses, since PVC itself is round. Before putting your birdhouse together, clean all the piping pieces thoroughly with soap and water. This removes any residual dust or oil that from the manufacturing process. .

Step 1

Wipe some PVC pipe glue on the inside portion of the PVC pipe cap and place the cap on the end of your PVC pipe; set the pipe aside until the glue dries. Check manufacturer’s instructions on the glue for specific time frames.

Step 2

Drill a small pilot hole into the center of the PVC clean-out plug, and then screw the hook eye into the hole. Secure the hook in the cap with a washer and nut on the underside of the clean-out cap.

Step 3

Glue the clean out cap to the end of the PVC pipe and set it aside to dry.

Step 4

Screw the clean-out plug in place in the clean-out cap. This will allow you access into the birdhouse later on for routine cleaning.

Step 5

Place the glued pipe in a vise, positioned with the clean-out trap cap on the top. Drill a 2-inch hole about 5 to 6 inches from the bottom-capped end of the pipe.

Step 6

File around the hole to remove any sharp edges.

Step 7

Sand the entire surface of the PVC pipe, this allows the paint to stick better to the surface of the pipe.

Step 8

Paint the PVC in stripes or spirals to look like a lighthouse. Use painter’s tape to help you make the overall design. Use acrylic spray paint, which holds well on PVC, or look for paint specifically intended for plastics. Set aside to dry.

Step 9

Drill a 1/4-inch hole about 2 inches from the bottom of the large hole. Manually screw the dowel rod into place.

Step 10

Thread some strong wire or twine through the top hook eye, and hang the completed birdhouse from a tree.

Things You Will Need

  • 20-inch x 4-inch PVC pipe
  • 4-inch PVC cap
  • 4-inch PVC clean-out cap
  • PVC glue
  • Hook eye
  • Electric drill
  • Nut
  • Washer
  • Hole drill
  • File
  • 3/8-inch by 3-inch dowel rod
  • Sandpaper
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint

About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.