A Birdhouse project in Finland, which sought to get citizens to construct homes for their feathered friends, broke record numbers.
Finland had seen depleting populations of native birds and, in a bid to get them back, the birdhouse project was set up.
A lack of hollow trees and deforestation, combined with growing residential and commercial development, has attributed to the decrease in bird numbers.
The response to the project was overwhelming. It was expected that maybe a few thousand extra birdhouses would be constructed.
Over 1.3 million were registered.
Want to do something like this in your own back yard? It’s so easy, and hugely rewarding.
Birdhouses are surprisingly simple, and inexpensive, to make. There are basic versions which can be built for just a few bucks!
In fact, here are 23 different varieties which you can print out and make today!
The Free Bird House Plans
Here are the free bird house plans. You’ll find everything from simple bird houses to more advanced homes. Be sure to click on each of the links to find instructions, diagrams, and photos.
Basic Birdhouse Plan – Here’s a free bird house plan that’s great for the beginner woodworker or those looking for a quick project.
One-Board DIY Birdhouse – This is an incredibly easy bird house plan that uses just one pine board to make.
Backyard Birdhouse Plan – Here’s a very cool looking free birdhouse plan that will make your backyard birds feel like royalty.
Modern Birdhouse Plan – This modern looking birdhouse uses only half a cedar fence picket to create.
Hanging DIY Birdhouse Plan – This pine birdhouse hangs from a chain that you can hang from a tree or structure.
Red Church Bird House Plan – This plan will build you a bright red church for your birds.
Pole Birdhouse Plan – Use this free plan to build a simple bird house atop a pole that you can put into the ground.
Bird’s Nesting Box – Here’s a plan for a nesting box that will keep your backyard birds cozy all winter.
Nesting Box Free Plan – Here’s a beginner bird house plan that encourages you to change the plan as needed for your space.
License Plate Birdhouse – Most of this birdhouse is built with wood, but a metal license plate makes up the roof.
Simple Bird House Plan – This plan will get you a very simple and straight forward birdhouse that can be nailed to a tree or post.
Green Roof Bird House Plan – Wrens and chickadees will especially love this bird house that you can grow plants and flowers on top of.
DIY Bluebird House – This bird house plan features a great design that can be put together in an afternoon.
Nesting Shelf Birdhouse Plan – Here’s a birdhouse plan that includes a shelf where the birds can build their nest.
Teacup Bird House – No, this isn’t a bird house made out a teacup, it’s a wooden birdhouse in the shape of a teacup.
Whimsical Birdhouse Plan – You really have to check out this free birdhouse plan, it’s truly a piece of functional art.
The Tall Texan Birdhouse Plan – This Tall Texan bird house plan will be sure to attract a lot of birds this spring.
DIY Birdhouse Plan – Here’s a plan for a straightforward bird house that will give the birds protection and allow them to sit outside.
House Sparrow Bird Box – Use this plan to build a bird box just for house sparrows. Place it under your house easements to get the most use.
Bluebird Bird Houses – You bluebirds will love these simple birdhouses that are nailed to trees.
Log Cabin Bird Houses – Make your birds this log cabin style home and they’ll want to stay forever.
Modern Birdhouse – Not all birdhouses have to be boring, and this modern one will make you smile.
(List of Plans Courtesy of The Balance)