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Tutorial: Make a Wine Cork Birdhouse

Did you know you could make a birdhouse out of wine corks?

Did you know you could make a birdhouse out of wine corks?

Materials Needed

  • 90 corks
  • 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
  • Hot-point glue gun and 3 eight-inch glue sticks
  • Coping saw
  • Optional: Small birds from a craft store
  • Optional: 1 champagne cork
  • Optional: 2 dried wheat tops

Tip: You do 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.

Side view of the cork birdhouse showing the roof and chimney.

Side view of the cork birdhouse showing the roof and chimney.

Step 1: Build the Sides of the Birdhouse

  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.
  2. To start the bottom of one side, take your pairs of horizontal corks and glue a single upright cork between the pairs. (See picture.)
  3. 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.
  4. Repeat step 1 to complete the other side of the birdhouse.
Other side.

Other side.

Buiding the back wall of the cork birdhouse.

Buiding the back wall of the cork birdhouse.

Step 2: Build the Back Wall

  1. The back wall of the birdhouse requires 17 corks. Glue 2 corks together lengthwise.
  2. Repeat 2 times to complete 3 pairs.
  3. Take 3 corks and glue them end-to-end. Repeat once.
  4. Center this row of 3 corks across the back end of your wooden shingle and glue horizontally to the straight edge of the board.
  5. To this row, glue the 3 pairs of corks you made in step 2. Glue one pair upright, one pair horizontally, and the last pair upright. Glue your other row of 3 corks to the top of this row.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 view of cork birdhouse

Front view of cork birdhouse

Step 3: Build the Front of Wine Cork Birdhouse

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

Roof view

Attaching roof to sides

Attaching roof to sides

Step 4: Build the Roof

  1. 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.
  2. Glue a row of 4 corks from end to end. These 4 corks will be the top peak of your roof.
  3. Take this row of 4 corks and glue it 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.
  4. You can attach the roof to the sides of the birdhouse with 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.
  5. Take your glue gun and add extra glue underneath this overhang to make the roof stronger.
See how to cut the triangle cork to fit the top hole of the front of the bird house.

See how to cut the triangle cork to fit the top hole of the front of the bird house.

Step 5: Build the Front of the Cork Birdhouse

  1. 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.
  2. For 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.
  3. Curve the bottom of the champagne cork so it glues nicely over a cork in the roof.
  4. 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 Your Birdhouse!

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 is waterproof and can be used outside.


Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on November 16, 2018:

@sallie Ann Bone It is already waterproof. The corks, we know have been made for wine so they are already waterproof that is why I selected them for this project. If you would like to make this birdhouse stronger than use acrylic latex caulking over every hot glue gun joint. This would work , the same caulking you would use to seal the windows on your house. I would buy clear or white. I hope this helps and thank you for your interest in my projects :)

sallie Ann Bone on November 16, 2018:

Can this with stand a little snow and rain, if not how could we waterproof the project?

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on April 19, 2016:

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:)

Mickie Gee on April 18, 2016:

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

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on July 04, 2015:

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

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on July 03, 2015:

I must say that you are incredibly creative :)

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on June 13, 2013:

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

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 12, 2013:

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.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2013:

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.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 11, 2013:

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

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2013:

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.

Russ Moran - The Write Stuff from Long Island, New York on February 11, 2013:

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.

breakfastpop on February 11, 2013:

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

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 11, 2013:

@ 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.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 10, 2013:

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

carol stanley from Arizona on February 10, 2013:

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.