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How to make PVC birdhouses

Updated February 21, 2017

Anyone that loves DIY projects will really enjoy making a PVC pipe birdhouse. Even if you don't do many do-it-yourself projects, this simple design will have you making many birdhouses in no time for yourself, friends and neighbours. PVC pipe is a very durable product to use for projects, whether it's for indoor or outdoor use. New finish products and paint colours will enable you make anything made out of PVC pipe to look like other textures. This design can be completed in a couple of hours.

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  1. Attach the regular cap to one end of the 25 cm (10 inch) pipe and glue. Allow to dry.

  2. Drill a hole in the centre of the clean out plug, and attach the eye hook with the nut ad washer.

  3. Attach the clean out plug into the other end of the 25 cm (10 inch) pipe and glue. Attach the clean out cap into the clean out plug and glue. Allow to dry.

  4. With the hole drill, drill a hole in the centre of the 25 cm (10 inch) pipe, between the ends. File the edges to remove the sharp edges.

  5. Under the hole you just drilled out and approximately 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inches) from the top of the bottom cap, drill a 6 mm (1/4 inch) hole to hold the dowel rod. Depending on the size of dowel you use, you may have to adjust the size of the drill bit for appropriate hole size. Note: the hole you drill needs to be slightly smaller than the dowel to ensure a tight fit.

  6. Paint if desired. When the paint is dry, apply three coats of polyurethane sealer. Allow to dry.

  7. Attach the coat hanger or wire from the eye bolt at the top of the feeder and hang in desired spot.

  8. Tip

    Attach the bird feeder to a post. Attach three bird feeders in a circle around the top of a post.


    Use all safety precautions when using electrical equipment. Wear goggles while cutting holes. Work in a well-ventilated area.

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Things You'll Need

  • 10" x 4" PVC pipe
  • 1 10 cm (4 inch) PVC regular cap
  • 1 10 cm (4 inch) PVC clean-out cap
  • 1 10 cm (4 inch) PVC clean-out plug
  • PVC pipe glue
  • 1 5 cm (2 inch) Eye bolt
  • 1 Nut with washer
  • 9 mm x 5 cm (3/8 x 2 inch) Dowel rod
  • Electric drill
  • 5 cm to 10 cm (2 to 4 inch) Hole drill
  • 6 mm (1/4 inch) drill bit
  • 9 mm (3/8 inch) drill bit
  • File
  • Coat hanger or wire
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane sealer

About the Author

Cathy Conrad

Cathy Conrad has more than five years of newsprint experience as an assistant editor and is a professional writer. She has worked as a virtual assistant and email support specialist, and has more than 20 years of experience working in the medical field. Conrad is currently licensed as a Texas insurance representative and has many years in home improvement and gardening.

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