Posted 8th Dec 2017
When you're snuggled on the sofa in your dressing gown with the central heating on, you should remember the birds outside this season
Better still, why not take on a crafty project and make sure your feathered friends have a home with a living roof.
Whether it's large or small, it doesn't matter what size your garden is. The handy home is easily attached to a wall, meaning it's both a space saver that looks good and the birds will be grateful too.
We have a simple tutorial for you, courtesy of Dremel, to talk you through the making process.
You will need:
5.2mm triplex plywood for the birdhouse itself
6mm dowel sticks for the connections
A DSM20 compact cutting saw
A Dremel Multi-Tool like the Dremel 3000
A Dremel line and circle cutter
A cutter accessory
A sanding accessory
1 Trace out the shapes of the walls of the birdhouse onto the plywood - see Step 8 for an overview of the 'planks' you'll need to cut.
2 Use the DSM20 to cut out the shapes.
3 Saw the dowel sticks to size although remember that they will need to be several mm bigger than the width of the house.
4 Use the Dremel 3000 to drill out the small holes into which you will insert the dowels. Next, use a cutter accessory to make the holes a little bigger.
5 Use the Dremel line and circle cutter to cut the big hole through which birds will enter the birdhouse – their front door! Next, sand the entrance to the birdhouse with a sanding band accessory.
6 Use the DSM20 to create notches in the side sections. The roof will be attached to them later.
Note: The lower you make the notches, the higher the plants you will need.
7 Use your multi-tool with a cutting accessory to make the smaller notches for the side sections of the birdhouse. This will make it easier for you to remove these small pieces of wood.
8 Once you have completed all the above steps correctly, you will have this assembly kit in front of you.
9 Carefully assemble your birdhouse. Slide the various parts together, making sure that the holes are at the side.
10 Push the dowels through the holes on the sides. If necessary, use a hammer to carefully tap them through the holes as pictured here.
11 Finish off your birdhouse with some pretty plants on the roof.
Tip: A climbing plant would look great growing over the edge of the roof.
Tutorial courtesy of Dremel