How to Make a Birdhouse Out of Gourds


Ornamental gourds dry to have a hollow interior and harder exterior, suitable for many decorative and utilitarian purposes. Building a birdhouse using the gourd as a natural home for visiting birds can be a simple project. Dipper and bottle gourds are two commonly sold at craft stores or grown in the home garden that are a suitable size and shape for use as bird houses.

Step 1

Drill a hole for the entrance in the front of the gourd in the center of the lower swollen part of the gourd. Drill a 2 and one-four-inch hole for purple martins or a 1 to 1 one-eighth-inch hole for wrens and chickadees.

Step 2

Drill three one-eighth-inch holes in the bottom of the gourd so that bird waste and water can drain out. Space the holes evenly apart.

Step 3

Drill a one-fourth-inch hole directly beneath the entrance hole for the perch. Center it beneath the hole.

Step 4

Coat one end of a 4-inch length of one-fourth-inch diameter dowel with wood glue. Slide this end into the one-fourth-inch hole to form the perch. Let the glue dry for 12 to 24 hours before hanging the birdhouse.

Step 5

Drill one-fourth-inch hole in either side of the gourd near the top. Thread a length of wire through it and fashion it into a loop. Hang the birdhouse in the desired area.

Tips and Warnings

  • Hang birdhouses in areas where they can't be accessed by cats or other predators, otherwise you place the birds in danger.

Things You'll Need

  • Gourd
  • Drill
  • Dowel
  • Wood glue
  • Wire


  • University of Nebraska Extension: Gourd Birdhouses
Keywords: gourd birdhouses, homemade birdhouse, garden gourd crafts

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.