If you spend a lot of time in the yard or garden during the warm weather, then this do-it-yourself birdhouse will make a great summer project. Not only will the birds love it, but as it ages the wood (western cedar) will turn a soft silver color and the copper roof will acquire a handsome green patina.
The project calls for just eight pieces and is easy enough for beginners. To build, simply cut the parts out of inexpensive cedar fencing (other wood may be substituted), cut out, sand and assemble everything using glue and finish nails. To finish, roof the projects using sheet copper and copper tacks. The project measures about 16 inches tall by 8 inches wide by 7 inches deep.