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Building a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse

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How about we have some fun and build something traditional like a birdhouse but in a non-traditional way? Sounds like fun, right?!

How to build a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse! Such a fun and unique way to build a birdhouse. Detailed DIY birdhouse tutorial.

Hey! I’m so excited about today’s super cool DIY project!

You know how I love birdhouses, right? I’ve helped my Dad build lots of them throughout the years. Remember the blue birdhouses I shared with you?

Anyways, today I will be sharing with you another great DIY birdhouse, however this one will be quite different from the way we usually build birdhouses.

My friends at Scotch Brand sent me their new Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape and Scotch™ Extreme Fasteners a few weeks ago.

When I saw how strong they were, I thought to myself “How about I test them out and build something with them?” And that’s when I thought about building a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse!

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Building a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse! Such a fun and unique way to build a birdhouse. Detailed DIY birdhouse tutorial.

Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse

Supplies:

Tools:

  • Compound miter saw
  • Table saw
  • Drill with 1 1⁄4 bit
Use all of these supplies to build a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse!

Instructions:

Step 1: To build the birdhouse we needed 6 pieces of wood (base, roof, front, back, and two sides).

We used old pieces of wood that we had laying around. First thing we did was cut all the pieces we needed.

Cut list:

  • Base: 6 1⁄2″ x 7″
  • Front: 5 1⁄4″ x 10″ with bevel angle of 33.9 degrees
  • Sides: 4″ x 10″ x 121⁄2″ with miter angle of 31.62 degrees
  • Back: 5 1⁄4″ x 13″ with bevel angle of 33.9 degrees
  • Roof: 6 1⁄2″ x 9 1⁄2″ with bevel angle of 33.9 degrees (on both ends but opposite from each other)

We find it easier to cut all the angles first, then we proceed to cut them down to size.

Once all the pieces are cut we dry fitted everything to make sure they fit together nicely.

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Step 2: Next it was time to drill an entry hole on the front piece of the birdhouse.

Using a ruler, we placed a dot in the middle of where we wanted the entry for the birds. We used a 11⁄4 drill bit to drill the hole.

Use a drill equipped with a 1.25 inch drill bit to make entrance hold for the birds

Step 3: Using our sanding sponge, we sanded down the edges of each piece of wood.

How to sand pieces of wood
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Cut pieces for birdhouse

Step 4: Time to give the pieces some color!

Using the staining technique we usually use, we proceeded to stain each piece of wood.

We stained the roof and base in green, and the other pieces in red. (We used the same colors we had used for the Outdoor Christmas Countdown Marquee Sign.)

Learn how to stain wood in various colors

Step 5: The fun part! Time to start assembling the birdhouse! YAY!

To assemble the birdhouse we started off by placing the back piece flat on our work surface.

We then took out the Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape and scissors.

We applied Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape to the long side of one of the side pieces. We cut down the Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape using the scissors. We then removed the backing from the tape and attached the side piece onto the side of the back.

We did the same thing to the opposite side.

We then pressed down on both sides for about 60 seconds to make sure everything had stuck in place.

Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape
Using Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape to assemble the bird house.

Step 6: Once both sides were secured, we proceeded by applying more Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape to the exposed edge of the sides.

We removed the liner from both pieces and placed the front over it, making sure it was lined up nicely over the edges.

We pressed down for 60 seconds.

Assembling a bird house

Step 7: Next, we applied more Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape to the bottom edges of the pieces we had just assembled.

Using the same steps as above, we lined up the bottom edges to the base (the base is flush to the back and then the edges are centered).

Putting together a birdhouse with Scotch® Extreme Mounting Tape

Step 8: Now time to attach the roof! For this portion, we opted to use the Scotch™ Extreme Fasteners.

Want to know why? We figured this way we’d be able to remove the roof easily once in a while in order to clean out the birdhouse. Birds love to fill birdhouses with whatever they find in order to make it comfy. When they move out it’s nice to empty it out so that other birds can come in and make their home.

We measured how many Scotch™ Extreme Fasteners we needed for each side and we cut the pieces to size.

Then we aligned and connected them to other pieces of fastener, trimming those down as well. We made sure to cut down the edges of the fasteners to fit nicely on the edges.

We removed the liner and attached the roof.

We pressed down on the roof for 60 seconds to make sure everything locked together perfectly.

Use Scotch™ Extreme Fasteners to attach a birdhouse roof.

Step 9: The birdhouse is looking like a birdhouse, but it needs a little something to add to the look.

We placed Scotch® Extreme Strong Mounting Tape behind pieces of old hardware we had laying around the house.

How to fasten hardware without screws
How to fasten hardware without screws

Step 10: Since hardware usually has holes to attach them with screws (but we don’t need screws because the Scotch® Extreme Strong Mounting Tape is doing a fabulous job) we were planning on cutting small pieces of twigs and sticking them where the screws holes were.

However, once we pressed down on the hardware, the mounting tape dimpled out of the holes, giving a fun nail-head look. We opted to keep it as is since we liked the look.

Beautiful rusty vintage hardware

And voilà, we have a super cute Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse!

How to build a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse! Such a fun and unique way to build a birdhouse. Detailed DIY birdhouse tutorial.

P.S. We used the Scotch™ Extreme Fasteners to attach the birdhouse to the post!

Use Scotch™ Extreme Fasteners to attach a birdhouse to a post

Now, not only can we remove the roof to clean, we can take down the birdhouse easily in order to do so! GENIUS!

Learn how to build a birdhouse without nails, screws or glue! DIY Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse tutorial!
How to build a Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse! Such a fun and unique way to build a birdhouse. Detailed DIY birdhouse tutorial.

What do you think of the birdhouse?

I’m totally loving it!

We’ve been building similar birdhouses for years using nails, screws, and glues and let me tell you that this Nail-Less, Screw-Less, Glue-Less Birdhouse is as solid!

My favorite part though is that it makes building so much faster! No need to use clamps and having to wait for glue to dry. LOVE IT!

Have yourself a FABULOUS day!

Christine

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Disclosure: A big THANK YOU to Scotch Brand for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Sherry

Wednesday 19th of October 2016

How cute! Thank you for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Julie

Saturday 15th of October 2016

Looks like clever stuff, definitely worth keeping my eyes open for. your little birdhouse is adorable.

Amy

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

What a cute project - and super impressed that you did not need any nails. Great to get the kiddos involved once all cutting has been done

Lisa @ Cooking with Curls

Tuesday 13th of September 2016

That is so cool, and so simple to put together! I will have to find those products and give them a try. :)

Christine

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

Thanks Lisa!! Let me know if you make one and have any questions! I’d be happy to help out!

Aimee Geroux

Tuesday 13th of September 2016

WOW that is a beautiful birdhouse! This sounds like something my older girls would love to do on a weekend. I will definitely have to check out those Scotch products - super cool!

Christine

Wednesday 14th of September 2016

Yay!! Yes, I know your girls would love to work on a DIY project with you! Have fun!

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