Wine Cork Birdhouse Tutorial

Updated on January 26, 2017

Wine Bottle Cork Birdhouse

Do you wish to build your own Wine bottle cork birdhouse?  It is so easy.
Do you wish to build your own Wine bottle cork birdhouse? It is so easy. | Source

Materials to Complete Wine Bottle Cork Birdhouse

Materials:

  • 90 corks and (1 Champagne cork--optional)
  • 1 cedar shingle or 8-inch x 5-inches x ¼ inch wooden board
  • small twigs from a tree
  • 1 four inch stick or small wooden dowel
  • (2 dried wheat tops -- optional)
  • hot-point glue gun and 3 eight-inch glue sticks
  • (small birds from craft store—optional)
  • coping saw

Tip: You don not need to drink 90 bottles of wine to build this project, You can buy the wine corks at any wine making store or even on Amazon. You can check out Amazon below.

Buy Your Corks

Tip: You don not need to drink 90 bottles of wine to build this project, You can buy the wine corks at any wine making store or even on Amazon. You can check out Amazon :) I bought some of mine for the cork projects I invented.

Build A Cork Birdhouse

Side of the cork Birdhouse also showing the roof and chimney.
Side of the cork Birdhouse also showing the roof and chimney. | Source

Build the Sides of the Birdhouse: Step 1

  • Step 1—You will need 12 corks to build each side of the birdhouse. Glue 2 corks lengthwise together. Repeat 3 times to make 4 pairs of corks. To start the bottom of one side, take your pairs of horizontal corks and glue a single upright cork between the pairs. (See picture.) On top of each end of this row, glue a pair of corks upright, leaving a space in the middle to form the window. You can then glue 3 corks end to end and center them on top of this second row and glue to complete one side of the birdhouse. Repeat step 1 to complete the other side of the birdhouse.

The Other Side of the Cork Birdhouse

Other side photo
Other side photo | Source

Cork Birdhouse: Steps 2-3-4

Buiding the back wall of the cork birdhouse :)
Buiding the back wall of the cork birdhouse :) | Source

Building the Back Wall: Steps 2-3-4

  • Step 2—The back wall of the birdhouse requires 17 corks. Glue 2 corks together lengthwise. Repeat 2 times to complete 3 pairs. Take 3 corks and glue them end-to-end. Repeat once. Center this row of 3 corks across the back end of your wooden shingle and glue horizontally to the straight edge of the board.
  • Step 3—To this row glue the 3 pairs of corks you made in step 2. Glue one pair upright, one pair horizontally, and last pair upright. Glue your other row of 3 corks to the top of this row.
  • Step 4—The sides you built earlier can now be glued to the shingle and to the back wall of the birdhouse. The 3 cork horizontal row of the sides of your birdhouse should be facing upwards. You can reinforce the walls by gluing an extra bead of glue across the inside of all walls to the shingle. You will notice your three corks from the top of your sidewalls should overlap the back wall. You glue them to the top of your back wall and fill the space on the back with 2 horizontal corks. You have completed 3 walls of the birdhouse.

Front of Bird House: Step 5

Front view of cork Bird house
Front view of cork Bird house | Source

Front of Wine Cork Birdhouse: Step 5

  • Step 5—The birdhouse front requires 12 corks. Glue 4 corks upright across front hole of the house. On top of this row, glue 2 corks horizontally to form the bottom of the birdhouse hole. Glue a single cork upright on each outside edge of this row. Glue a cork horizontally in-between the top of these 2 corks. You may have to trim cork to fit the hole. (See the picture.) Glue all front corks to sides of the house. Now you are ready to make the roof.

Building the Roof: Steps 6-7-8

Roof View.
Roof View. | Source
Attaching roof to sides Step 9
Attaching roof to sides Step 9 | Source

Building the Roof: Steps 6-7-8

  • Step 6—You require 36 corks for the roof. The sections of the roof require 4 rows of 8 corks glued together lengthwise. Glue 2 of these rows together end to end. (See picture.) Repeat this for the other side of the roof.
  • Step 7—Glue a row of 4 corks from end to end. These 4 corks will be the top peak of your roof. Take this row of 4 corks and glue across one end of your 16-cork roof side. Now glue the other side of the roof to this peak at a 45-degree angle. Turn over the roof and reinforce joints with extra glue.
  • Step 8—You can attach the roof to the sides of birdhouse by a large bead of glue on top of each sidewall of the birdhouse. You gently put the roof on top leaving a ¼ inch overhang of the roof on each side. Take your glue gun and add extra glue underneath this overhang to make the roof stronger.

Front of the Cork Bird House: Step 9

Front view. See how to cut the triangle cork to fit the top hole of front of bird house.
Front view. See how to cut the triangle cork to fit the top hole of front of bird house. | Source

Front of the Cork Bird House: Steps 9-10-11-12

  • Step 9—You will notice the spaces under the roof on the front and back walls. At the back of the birdhouse center one cork horizontally on top of the last row in the space. Cut one cork on a 45-degree angle at the middle of the cork. You glue these cut corks on each end of middle cork under roof. (See the picture.) Cutting a cork into a triangle fills the top space.
  • Step 10—The front of the birdhouse take 2 corks and glue end to end on top of the last row. On the last cork, shave a little off each end to fit the hole snugly.
  • Step 11—Curve the bottom of the Champagne cork so it glues nicely over a cork in the roof.
  • Step 12—Put the front of the perch stick under the window opening and decorate the windows with tree twigs. The front birdhouse hole can be trimmed with twigs and dried wheat heads. The little birds are optional. ENJOY :)


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Thank you for your patience and I hope these directions are not too muddled. After all that I think I will relax with another glass of wine to save the corks for another great wine bottle cork project.

Enjoy this project it is waterproof and can be used outside.

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      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you @MickieGee I like creating with found objects. You should build one . It is fun to make. I appreciate your input on this Hub and have a great day:)

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        Mickie Goad 

        2 years ago

        I love the way your wine cork birdhouse--especially the way you decorated it with cute little birds.

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you so much @rdsparrowriter I love to engineer a good project.

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        rdsparrowriter 

        3 years ago

        I must say that you are incredibly creative :)

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Now you have the right idea Shyron . Thanks for your comment and have a great day.

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        Shyron E Shenko 

        5 years ago from Texas

        I think we need to drink more wine or buy some corks. I know hubby will want the bird house, he builds so many wonderful things.

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you Always exploring. I do enjoy your comments and I like making something from found objects. I am thrilled you like the bird house.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        5 years ago from Southern Illinois

        This is amazing.. I want a basket for sure and a little bird house. This is great! Thank you...

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I am with you on that breakfastpop. Thank you for your comment. Cheers.

        @ rfmoran it is always better to pass on what we don't use and you would be surprised what people do with it. I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by.

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        Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

        5 years ago from Long Island, New York

        I always throw away used corks, much to my regret having read this hub. Even if you just save them and give them to a crafts friendly friend it's better than tossing them.

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        breakfastpop 

        5 years ago

        What a great idea.... Drinking 90 bottles of wine should be no problem!!!

      • suzzycue profile imageAUTHOR

        Susan Britton 

        5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        @ Carol I have many corks also ... Cheers we can always celebrate something together. Thank you for your votes and sharing. I appreciate your comments.

        @Billy buc Thank you for the compliment. Your projects with pallets are great also. Your dream of having everyone pick up pallets and use them is coming true. Take a look at my Pinterest page under Art from Found projects. Momprepares made a walking path from pallets. I don't know how else to show you but it looks great.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 years ago from Olympia, WA

        How terribly clever this is. Never in my wildest dreams would I have come up with this idea. Well done!

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        carol stanley 

        5 years ago from Arizona

        How clever and we have many corks...ah hah I have been discovered we drink wine. THis is darling...And voting up and pinning for others to make this.

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