How to Make a Birdhouse for a Cardinal


Cardinals are beautiful birds everyone wants nesting in their backyard. The males have bright-red feathers that make them stand out. These birds are not migratory and will probably stay all year round in your yard if they feel safe and secure. Cardinals prefer an open nest you may provide for them on small trees and open shrubbery rather than a traditional enclosed birdhouse. You can help them find their permanent abode in your backyard by making a home they prefer.

Step 1

Purchase a small-size hanging or plain wire cage so the cardinal feels as if it is nesting out in the open. Cardinals are very small birds, a little bigger than finches, so a very large cage will fail to serve its purpose, as they will feel threatened and refuse to nest there.

Step 2

Select a study branch on a tree in your backyard that is 6 to 8 feet off the ground. Ideally, it should be away from any human activity. Any lower will make cardinals easy targets for predators like cats. If you lack a suitable tree branch, you can consider using a wall or post to support your wire bird cage.

Step 3

Fill the base of the cage with twigs, leaves, roots, paper or bark strips, to make the house appealing for cardinals.

Step 4

Open the wire cage door fully and secure it to the body of the cage with a 2-inch-long wire. This will keep it open at all times, allowing cardinals to get easy access into their home.

Step 5

Stand on a sturdy ladder and hang your wire cage by running a 3-foot-long wire through its top and extending it around the branch several times, so it is secure. Use pliers or wire cutters to cut it, and twist the ends together.

Things You'll Need

  • Small wire cage
  • Tree branch or wall or post
  • Twigs, leaves, roots, bark strips or paper
  • Ladder
  • 3 1/2-foot-long wire
  • Wire cutters or pliers


  • "Feeders and Houses: Cardinal Birdhouse"
  • "BirdHouses 101: Building a Birdhouse for the Cardinal"
  • "Bird Feeders USA: Educate Yourself About the Northern Cardinal and Its Habitat"
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