Our decorative birdhouse pallet project is a great way to reuse scrap wood and picture frames as well as add some fun to your home!
I stumbled upon a handful of frame samples at a second hand store and thought they were so beautiful that I snatched them up and then they sat, and sat and sat at my house, waiting for me to come up with something to do with them! I decided to pair the frame samples with some pallet wood and a knob and viola – My decorative birdhouse pallet project came to life!
Ask a local frame store if they have any old or discontinued frame corner samples. If you cannot find sample picture frame corners, you can always cut a wood frame using a compound miter saw or you can use a set square and a circular saw. Similar to how I cut pallets, but using the 45 degree angle of the set square.
How to Make a Decorative Birdhouse Pallet Project
This is the basic idea! As you can see I decided that a fairy garden fence with some cute silk flowers would be better for my final piece. But I still like this “double door” birdhouse pallet project and think it looks great, too! The silver frame is actually quite beautiful as-is, but I decided to lighten it up with some paint.
- Sample Picture Frame Corner
- Pallet Wood
- Wood Knobs or Decorative Cabinet Knobs
- Screws & Cordless Screw Driver
- Small Drill Bit for Cabinet/Knob Screws
- Wood Glue
- Sand Paper (optional)
- Paint – Acrylic and Chalk Paint Work Best
- Paint Brushes
- E6000 Glue
- Fairy Garden Fence
- Small Silk Flowers & Small Faux Butterflies
- Sawtooth Hooks for Hanging
Once you have all of your materials together, you can begin your birdhouse pallet project.
- Using acrylic or chalk paint, paint your pallet wood and frame sample corners. Let dry completely. If desired, add some distressing to the pallet wood and frame corner with sand paper. At this time you can also paint your wood knobs. I chose black paint.
- To attach the frame corner to the pallet wood, you’ll want to add some wood glue to the back of the frame corner. Set it carefully onto the front of the pallet wood. Using a cordless screw driver and screws, screw the frame corner onto the pallet wood on the back as shown.
- On the front of your pallet, you’ll want to add the knob. Place a light pencil mark where you want the knob and using a drill bit and cordless screw driver, drill a hole through the pallet wood for the knob. Use the knob and screw to attach it to the birdhouse.
- Use diagonal cutters to cut the wire fairy garden fence to size.
Attach the fence to the front of the pallet with E6000 glue. Dab a small amount of glue onto the point where the fence will touch the pallet wood. You may want to set a heavy book onto the fence so it adheres to the front of pallet. Sometimes the fence is uneven or “wavy” because it’s made of metal.
- Once your wood glue and fence glue is dry, you can add some finishing details to your birdhouse such as some silk flowers and butterflies, which I found at the Dollar Tree.
- I added some sawtooth hooks to the back of my birdhouse pallet project so I could hang it.
And if you’re like me, you’ll make a handful of these to give away as gifts to friends, family and teachers! This inexpensive and one-of-a-kind gift will be treasured forever!
Looking for additional projects that use pallet wood? Try these:
- DIY Wall Art uses pallet wood and decorative tiles to create a dramatic wall hanging for your home.
- Create dramatic outdoor seating in your yard with our no-cutting-required DIY Outdoor Pallet Furniture project.
- Keep firewood dry in our Outdoor Firewood Storage solution using pallets.
- Use pallet wood to make these fun Christmas Decorations