40 Awesome Backyard Birdhouse Designs

We’ve got 40 awesome backyard birdhouse designs for your viewing pleasure. Home Sweet Home for your fine feathered friends. There are lots of high-design birdhouses on the market – and plenty of the old classics, with updates. Different houses attract different birds. Bluebirds, wrens and swallows all like smaller openings to the house – about 1 1/2″. That’s too small for a starling to enter (a good thing). Purple Martins nest in colonies – birdhouse apartments. There’s all kinds of information available online. Start with which birds are common in your specific area – the ones you see in your own backyard.

51 Awesome Backyard BirdHouses

So be sure to get (or build) the birdhouse that will most attract the birds who live where you do.

A sloped roof is important, and it should be removable so you can clean the interior once the tenants move out. Thick sides for insulation are a good idea, and drainage holes keep the interior dry.

If you set up the right kind of design – it’s a good bet that the same birds come back to your yard year after year to raise their children. They’ll turn it into a bird home if you give them a reason. And don’t forget to add a bird bath or other source of water – it’s often difficult for birds to find a drink during the hot summer months.

Wooden BirdHouses

Green Roof BirdHouse Wooden

This green roof design will help to keep your feathered friends cool in the summer. Creating a green roof is a totally awesome idea for your backyard birdhouses. Source.

Succulent Roof BirdHouse

Another green roof for your DIY designs – using succulents for a unique twist. These are great birdhouse ideas – use any plant that you like. Source.

Simplest backyard birdhouse idea

This is one of the simplest backyard birdhouse ideas. Paint a plain wooden design to emulate stained glass. Source.

Driftwood BirdHouse

This driftwood birdhouse has the look of a Hobbit house. Source.

Birdhouse with Solar Perch

This wooden backyard birdhouse has a solar light perch. Why didn’t we think of that? Source.

Log Cabin Birdhouse with Satellite Dish

This log cabin birdhouse comes complete with real shingles and a satellite dish. Source.

Birdhouses that Are Made to Look Like Proper Homes

Riverfront Birdhouse is detailed

This incredible design is a replica of the Olson Farm, featured in Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting, Christina’s World. Hardly a backyard birdhouse, but worth featuring. Source.

Huge BirdHouse Apartment Building

This design is the perfect apartment building for Purple Martins. Source.

Two Storey Cape Cod BirdHouse

Made from real pine and shingles, this Cape Cod birdhouse has two stories. Source.

Extreme Birdhouse is from Belgrave Ontario

We love this bizarre design. Such a rickety mess – and such a glorious piece of work. Want. Source.

Stone Cottage Flower Pot Window Box

How cute - with it's flower pot and rocking chair and screen door, and window box and window on the side, dormer roof upstairs. Quite the idea. Source.

Mosaic BirdHouses

Mosaic BirdHouse includes wine corks

This cool mosaic backyard birdhouse uses bits and pieces of jewelry – and wine corks. It would be neat to use corks you’ve saved from special celebrations. Source.

This cool mosaic birdhouse looks like they used chicklets

A colorful mosaic idea with tiles that look like Chiclets.

Mosaic two-storey birdhouse in red green

This two story floral mosaic birdhouse is highly detailed. Source.

Stained Glass & Hand Blown Glass BirdHouses

Stained glass blue red wow birdhouse

Not the beautiful craftsmanship on this stained glass design.

Art Glass Birdhouse Pair

These glass backyard birdhouses are hand blown. Source.

Green Stained Glass Birdhouse

This emerald stained glass design is available in several colors, including cherry red and cobalt blue. Source.

Creative BirdHouses

Airstream Birdhouse

Airstream trailer backyard birdhouse – how cool is that? Source.

Hot Air Balloon BirdHouse

Ceramic backyard birdhouses in the shape of hot air balloons are charming. Source.

Food and Shelter in one Birdhouse

This is cute. Bed and breakfast, all in one place. A birdhouse made of bird seeds – what a clever idea. Source.

Vintage Camper Birdhouse

A camper trailer birdhouse – how retro. Source.

Red Cardinal Birdhouse

The portly Cardinal is a bit of a novelty piece. Source.

British Letterbox Birdhouse

A red letterbox idea – a nod across the pond from your backyard. Source.

Beachcombers Tiki Bar Birdhouse

Beachcombers Tiki bar birdhouse – for those who are missing the beach. Source.

Natural BirdHouses

Natural Moss BirdHouse

This natural woven design blends into the surroundings. Source.

Gardners Supply woven birdhouses

These woven nest pods are 100% natural and are a great natural backyard ideas. Source.

Log and Moss Birdhouse

This is an intriguing idea for a birdhouse – the design is a combination of moss and circular ends of branches. Awesome design. Source.

Birch bark Birdhouse

This birch bark birdhouse might be the most natural looking of all. Source.

Gourds Colors Birdhouses

Colorful gourds make strangely shaped and interesting backyard designs. Source.

Coffee & Tea - It's All For The Birds

Cornflower Blue Teapot Birdhouse

Teapots as backyard birdhouses. Who knew? Source.

Polka-dot teapot birdhouse

This pink polka-dot teapot makes an incredibly cute backyard birdhouse. Source.

Cool Copper Coffee Pot and Horn Birdhouse

This upcycled trumpet and copper kettle from GadgetSponge on Etsy makes a very cool home for your feathered friends. Source.

Copper Teapot Birdhouse

​This design, made of distressed copper, is quite the conversation piece. Source.

Funky Yellow Coffee Pot Birdhouse

This bright yellow upcycled coffee pot is a great color for a garden. Source.

DIY BirdHouse Ideas

DIY Wine Cork BirdHouse

Just when you were wondering what to do with all those wine corks – make a charming birdhouse. Source.

License Plate Blue Birdhouse

This DIY birdhouse has a license plate roof, key decor and a pencil for a perch. Source.

Pebbles and Pennies Birdhouse

Pennies and pebbles – that’s what this charming backyard design is made from. Creative idea, no?

Wine Crate BirdHouse

Wine crates make great wood material to build a funky backyard birdhouse like this.

Hills Bros Coffee Can Birdhouse

Using an old Hills Bros coffee can is a great idea. Source.

Cigar Box Birdhouses

Cigar boxes are another great idea – cut a circle, add a perch and an eye hook and you’re there. Source.

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