It is quite easy to make a bamboo birdhouse yourself. During this time of year the weather gets colder and it is nice for birds to have somewhere to hide and sleep. In the spring, your bamboo birdhouse 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, all you need to do is drill a hole and you're done. In this blog we show how you can make a roof for your bamboo birdhouse in 2 ways.


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1. Pointed roof with ridge

The first way is to make a gabled roof. You attach the pointed roof to a thinner bamboo stick which you clamp between the bamboo to put the roof on.


Bamboo supplies

      Bamboo pole of approximately 30cm and at least ø 10 cm as a birdhouse

      Bamboo pole of approximately 20cm from ø 7 to 10 cm for the roof

      Bamboo post of approximately 10 cm and approximately ø 4 cm for the crossbar

 

Tools

      Japanese saw and/or sawing machine

      Jigsaw

      Drill

      Hole drill of 3 to 4 cm. We used 35 mm

      Screws or nails of approximately 25mm

      Grater or hand sander

      Screwdriver and hammer

 

Step 1. Create Base

Check that the base (ø10 bamboo pole) does not have a hole in the node. Otherwise you can easily fill this if you mix silicone with some sawdust. Measure out 30 centimeters and outline the pitched roof. Then saw the bamboo so it has a point. You can do this with a Japanese saw, you can also do this with the electrical saw to save time.

 

Step 2. Cutout for the roof

Take your short bamboo stick (ø 4cm) and mark it in the tip of the roof. Then use the jigsaw to make a hole for it. Pay attention! It is important that the post fits in easily, but it can clamp by narrowing it slightly at the top. This way you know for sure that the roof will not just blow off, but you can remove it 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 about 10cm from the ø7 post. Use your screwdriver and hammer to split the post every 5 inches. Use your rasp or sander to flatten it on the underside. That way they can lay flat later on. We used a David grater for this.

 

Step 4. Create ridge

Use the rest of the ø 7 to make the ridge. Once again you must split the bamboo. This time with about 6 to 7 centimeters space. Use your rasp or sander to sand the edges.

 

Step 5. Attaching the Roof

Use 2 of the bamboo roof tiles on both sides. You screw this into the bamboo stick of ø 4. The bamboo will have a small overhang. Note that you must pre-drill the bamboo before drilling the screws. Then use the bamboo ridge to cover everything from the top. Now you can put the roof in place. Since, if all goes well, this is a bit tricky with the narrow holes, you can put the roof in place with a small tap of a hammer. This way you can still remove it to, for example, 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 about 10 inches from the bottom.

 

Done!


2. Simple Pitched roof

This way seems a lot simpler but may be even more difficult. We are now going to make a birdhouse with a pitched roof.

 

Bamboo supplies

      Bamboo pole of approximately 30cm and at least ø 10 cm as a birdhouse

      Bamboo pole of approximately 15cm on average ø 7 to 10 cm for the roof

 

Tools

      Japanese saw and/or sawing machine

      Drill

      Hole drill of 3 to 4 cm.

      Screws or nail of approximately 25mm

      Grater or hand sander

      Screwdriver and hammer

      1 binding wire or short piece of iron wire.

 

Step 1. Create Base

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

 

Step 2. Make a ring

Saw the bamboo again at the same angle. This time with a thickness of about 3 centimeters. This way you have a ring which will be the base for the sloped roof.

 

Step 3. Making roof tiles

Take your ø 7 piece of bamboo. Use your screwdriver and hammer to split the pole every 5 centimeters. Use your rasp or sander to flatten it on the underside. That way they can lay flat later on. We used a David grater for this.

 

Step 4. Make a roof

Use your screws to attach the roof tiles to the ring. Work with an overflow in the front. Screw the bamboo to the ring in 1 or 2 places. You can also use nails for a neater result.

 

Step 5. Attaching the Roof

We use two screws to fix the roof. Screw two half screws on the back of the top right above each other. Use a piece of wire to attach the roof ring to the bamboo. Wrap it around this to secure the roof. Pay attention! If the house is in a place with a lot of wind, 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 about 10 inches from the bottom.

 

Done!

 

If you like, you can use a thin tonkin stick to make a perch for the birdhouse hole. You probably still have some bamboo left over, you could also use this as a perch. That way you know for sure that you use up everything!