No birds will fly this magnificent coop created by Ken Wingard.
DIY Mid-Century Birdhouse
Outdoor Decor
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  • 1” X 6” wood cut to
    • 12” – x 1
    • 6”- x 2
    • 4”- x 1
    • 2.5” – x 1
    • 1.5” – x 1
  • 1” X 8” wood cut to
    • 16” – x 2
  • 2” hole saw bit
  • Drill
  • Wood glue
  • Paint in mid-century inspired colors
  • Decorative sheet metal grate, preferably aluminum
  • Tin snips
  • Wood trim
  • E6000
  • Miniature faux succulents
  • 1 ½” wooden dowel
  • 1” drill bit
  • Wood post or chain and eye hooks
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Sanding blocks or sandpaper


  • Saw


  1. Cut the wood to size or have it cut to size for you at your local hardware store since they are all straight cuts. Sand any rough edges.
  2. Drill a hole into one of the 6” cut 1” x 6” pieces to create the bird’s front door.
  3. Paint the walls, base and roof to desired colors. Keep in mind that the 1” x 8” cuts are the base and roof and that the 1” x 6” cuts are the walls. Allow set aside to dry.
  4. Cut the trim pieces to 5 ¾”.
  5. Cut the metal grate to 4 ¼” x 5 ½” using tin snips. Measure and mark first.
  6. Paint the cut grate to size, set aside to dry.
  7. Arrange then wood trim slats then use e6000 to adhere. PRO TIP: for even spacing, place the outer two and center slats first.
  8. Place decorative grate pieces then glue in place.
  9. Arrange the wall pieces standing in place on the base creating an “l” step shape. Use wood glue to secure in place. Place the roof with glue to secure.
  10. To create the potted succulents, cut the dowel in to 2” piece for the “plant pots”, drill a hole into the center of each piece. Glue a succulent into each “pot”.
  11. Place the succulent pots, glue to adhere.
  12. Display as desired. Allow the glue to set for 24 hours then attach to post or hang with chain from eyehooks then enjoy!
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