Free Bird House Plans
Bluebird, Wren, Purple Martin, More

We have made a collection of free bird house plans for general and species-specific nest box plans for you to use to build your own bird houses.

Bluebird House PlansBluebird House Plans

Here are bluebird nest box plans that are fairly simple, you make all your cuts out of one 1"x6"x4' board. The plans can be used to attract either Western or Eastern Bluebirds.

If you live in an especially hot climate, like the South, here are cooling bluebird house plans designed to draw air in and keep nestlings cool on hot days.

We have more information on our bluebird house plans and Eastern Bluebird pages.

Wren House PlansFree wren house plans

Very similar to bluebird houses, the wren house plans are also made from one 1"x6"x4' board.  Mounting location will be different as well as hole diameter size. You can read more by following the link above.

Purple Martin Bird House Plans

As you may already know, when building a bird house for Purple Martins, you are Purple Marting bird house plans not building for one pair, but rather for several to many pairs of birds because Purple Martins are colony nesters. You are essentially building an apartment complex that consists of several units or rooms for each pair of birds. You can also use gourds that are hung together instead of building a house. Here are purple martin plans for 1-level, 8 rooms (pdf file). We have additional information as well on our purple martin bird house plans page and and gourd birdhouses.

Barn Swallows, Phoebe and Robin Bird House Plans

Robins, phoebes and barn swallows are not cavity nesters so instead of a closed-in Robin bird house plans house, they rather prefer to nest on shelf or platforms with the front being completely open. They can be 4-sided, with a floor, 2 walls and a roof or if you have a sheltered area, like under an eave or porch, you can just build an open platform with no walls or roof. Here are robin nest shelf plans made easily from one 1"x10"x4' board.  More free plans can be found here at Phoebe and Robin nest box plans.

If you want additional resources here are some great bird house plans books from Amazon:

How to Build a Bird House Video

complete book of wooden birdhouse construction
"The best little technical reference for birdhouse builders.”
-Al (Amazon reviewer)

--> The Complete Book of Birdhouse Construction

And here are additional pages with free bird house plans and construction tips for building bird houses:

Free Bird House Plans

Bird House Dimensions Chart
A quick reference guide of bird house dimensions for 34 species including chickadees, swallows, hawks, owls, wrens, nuthatches and more.Bluebird House plans

Making Bird Houses - Construction Tips
General information and tips when building a bird house.

Wooden Bird Houses
Best wooden bird houses rated by ease of maintenance and durability.

How To Build a Bird House from a Log
Step-by-step instructions for how to build a bird house by hollowing out a tree log. Great for cavity nesters.

Winter Bird House Plans
A winter bird roost provides a sheltered house for birds to get out of the cold weather during the winter.

Bird House Designs
More information about bird house designs.

American Kestrel Nest Box Plans
Kestrel bird house design and info about building materials and placement tips.

Bird House Hole Guard
Bird house hole restrictor to prevent squirrels from chewing the entrance hole larger.

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