Building Birdhouses to Sell

By Eric Hammer

For many people, building birdhouses is more than just a hobby. It's a way to make some decent money on the side. In fact, one entrepreneur we looked at for this article builds them out of completely free materials he is able to find in salvage from businesses. He even manages to do a good turn for the environment and for those businesses at the same time.

The fundamentals of how to build a birdhouse are not that difficult to master. A birdhouse is basically a bird feeder - a place where you put out food for birds to come and eat each day. Then, you as the owner get to enjoy watching them flying over to the birdhouse. Many people do it because they find it to be a very relaxing experience.

You can sell the birdhouses in a variety of venues. For example, you could go to flea markets, offer them for sale on eBay and Craigslist or even start your own web site to sell them. Many people also sell them either directly on consignment to hardware stores and novelty stores that sell to tourists.

How Much Can You Make?

A great deal depends on your skill in building birdhouses people will actually want to own. The birdhouses you build need to look professionally made, so if you've never done this, you'll need practice. The good news is that once you know what you are doing, each birdhouse can fetch as little as $10 for a simple one to as much as $100 for a very ornate birdhouse.

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One of the best ideas we saw for building birdhouses was in the first resource we listed for this article. This person offers some great ideas to help you get the wood for building your birdhouses 100% for free. You just need to ask businesses if you can haul away their old wooden pallets, which you then cut up to make the birdhouses from. Or, you could ask at local woodworking places if you can take away their scrap wood. In all cases though, you need to ask for permission to take these things.

Remember also that your work is basically something artistic that people will take home to enjoy and look at, so the nicer you can make your work look, the more likely you are to make good money.

Qualifications / Requirements

You don't need any formal qualifications in order to start building birdhouses. All you need is a bit of skill with a power saw and a hammer. Plus, you need to have a bit of a creative mind to create something beautiful.

First Steps

Start by visiting local businesses and asking if you can haul away some of their old pallets. Many will be happy to let you do so since they will not have to pay to have them hauled away themselves. Then, cut the pallets up and practice building your birdhouses. The wood is free so your only cost is nails and your time. Give the first few away until you feel confident that you know what you are doing and then start offering them for sale.


Check out these helpful resources to find out more about building birdhouses for sale:

Backwoods Home Magazine: Free Pallet Wood and Birdhouses Add Up to Big Country Dollars --- This was a really excellent article which covers everything you'll need to know in order to set up your own business selling birdhouses. The money this person makes is not spectacular (around $10-$20 per birdhouse and he makes 4-5 of them per day), but considering the material is basically free, it's a good deal.

How to Advice: Building Scientific Birdhouses for Fun and Profit - Not as comprehensive as the site above, but there is some additional useful information here.

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