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DIY

- Make your own Bamboo Birdhouse

It is very easy to make a bamboo birdhouse yourself. In these times the weather is getting colder and it is nice for birds to have somewhere to hide and sleep. In spring your bamboo bird house can be used to make a nest. There are several ways to make a bamboo birdhouse. For example, if you have a piece with two nodes, you just need to drill a hole and you're done. In this blog we will show you 2 ways to make a roof for your bamboo birdhouse.

You can also follow the instructions from our TikTok.

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Way 1 Pointed roof with ridge

The first way is to make a pointed roof. The pointed roof is attached to a thin bamboo stick which you clamp between the bamboo to put the roof on.

Bamboo supplies

- Bamboo pole of approx. 30 cm and at least ø 10 cm as birdhouse

- Bamboo pole of approx. 20 cm ø 7 to 10 cm for the roof

- Bamboo pole of approx. 10 cm and approx. ø 4 cm for the crossbeam

Tools

- Japanese saw and/or saw machine

- Jigsaw

- Power drill

- Hole drill of 3 to 4 cm.

- Screws or nails of approx. 25 mm

- Grater or hand-held sander

- Screwdriver and hammer

Step 1. Creating a basis

Check that the base (ø10 bamboo pole) does not have a hole in it. Otherwise you can easily fill it in by mixing silicone with some sawdust. Measure out 30 centimetres and sketch out the sloping roof. Then saw the pole to a point. You can do this with a Japanese saw, you can also do it with the sawing machine to save time.

Step 2. Cut-out for the roof

Take your short bamboo stick (ø4) and mark it in the point of the roof. Then use the jigsaw to make a cut here. Take care! It is important that the pole fits in easily, but it can be clamped better by making it a little narrower at the top. That way you know for sure that the roof will not blow off, but you can still take it off to clear the nest. It is best if you put it in place with a tap of the hammer.

Step 3. Making 'roof tiles

Saw off a piece of the ø7 pole from about 10cm. Use your screwdriver and hammer to split the pole every 5 centimetres. Use your rasp or sanding machine to flatten them at the bottom. This way, they can lie nice and flat. We used a David planer.

Step 4. Making a ridge line

Use the remaining part of the ø 7 to make the ridge line. Here again, the idea is to split the bamboo. This time at about 6 to 7 centimetres distance. Use your grater or sander to sand the edges.

Step 5. Fixing the roof

Use 2 of the 'roof tiles' on each side. Screw these into the ø4 bamboo stick. The bamboo will have a small overhang. Please note that you have to pre-drill the bamboo before screwing in the screws. Then use the bamboo ridge to cover the top. You will also need to pre-drill this. Now you can put the roof in place. Because, if all goes well, this is a bit tricky with the narrow holes, you can put the roof in place with a tap of the hammer. This way, you can still take it off, for example, to clear the nest.

Step 6. Making the hole

Use the hole drill to make the hole for the birds. Do this right under the ridge at about 10 centimetres from the bottom.


Way 2 Pitched roof

This way seems a bit simpler, but is perhaps even more difficult. We are now going to make a birdhouse with one slanted roof.

Bamboo supplies

- Bamboo pole of approx. 30 cm and at least ø 10 cm as birdhouse

- Bamboo pole of approx. 15 cm average ø 7 to 10 cm for the roof

Tools

- Japanese saw and/or saw machine

- Power drill

- Hole drill of 3 to 4 cm.

- Screws or nails of approx. 25 mm

- Grater or hand-held sander

- Screwdriver and hammer

- 1 tying thread or short piece of iron wire.

Step 1. Creating a basis

Check that the base (ø10 bamboo pole) does not have a hole in it. Otherwise you can easily fill it if you mix silicone with some sawdust. Measure 30 centimetres and sketch how to saw from back to front with a gradient. Then saw the pole. You can do this with a Japanese saw, or you can save time with the sawing machine.

Step 2. Making a ring

Cut the bamboo again at the same angle. This time with a thickness of about 3 centimetres. This way you have a ring which will be the basis for the sloping roof.

Step 3. Making roof tiles

Take your piece of bamboo of ø 7. Use your screwdriver and hammer to split the pole every 5 centimetres. Use your grater or sander to flatten them at the bottom. This way, they can lie nice and flat. We used a David planer.

Step 4. Making the roof

Use your screws to fasten the roof tiles to the ring. Work with an overflow at the front. Screw the bamboo to the ring in 1 or 2 places.

Step 5. Fixing the roof

We use two screws to secure the roof. Screw two screws halfway at the back of the top straight up. Use a piece of iron wire to fasten the roof-ring to the bamboo. Wrap the rope around this to secure the roof. Watch out! If the house is in a windy location, it is best to do this at the front as well.

Step 6. Making the hole

Use the hole drill to make the hole for the birds. Do this right under the ridge at about 10 centimetres from the bottom.


If you like, you can use a thin barrel stick to make a perch for the hole of the birdhouse. You will probably have some bamboo left over, which you can also use as a perch. That way you can be sure to use everything!

Are you going to make it too? Show us your results on social media!

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