Making your own birdhouse is a chance to help and witness the wildlife in your own backyard. There are hundreds of designs and materials to choose from. You can be as creative or as simple as you like. One of the more creative designs is the use of a round birdhouse. It is not too hard to make the actual house round but making to roof can be a little more challenging.
Draw a half circle on your sheet of copper with a wax crayon or erasable marker. The bottom edge of the sheet will be the middle of the circle. The width from the center to the outside of the circle will be the height of your roof. At the center of the half circle, draw a 1 1/2-inch half circle. This will be the peak of your roof. The distance around the outside edge of the circle will be the circumference of the bottom part of your roof.
Cut out the half circle carefully with tin snips or metal scissors. It is smart to wear leather gloves to keep from cutting yourself on the sharp edges. Cut out the inside circle at the same time.
Wrap the sheet into a cone shape with the small end at the top. Rivet the bottom edge with your copper rivets in your rivet gun. Add as many rivets as you can reach.
Drill a pilot hole through the round wooden disk and half way into into the round wood ball. Place the wooden ball in the center of your copper cone with the pilot hole facing the top of the copper cone.
Screw the ceiling hook into the wooden disk until it comes out the other side. Place it on top of the copper cone and continue to screw until it reaches the wooden ball on the inside. Screw several turns until the hook is firmly attached to the copper cone.
Attach the copper roof to your existing birdhouse with a few copper screws where the metal meets the wood.
Things You'll Need:
- Medium-soft 24-gauge copper sheet
- Tin snips
- Rivet gun
- Copper rivets
- Electric drill
- Wooden round 1-inch ball
- Wooden 1-inch round disk
- Leather work gloves
- Ceiling hook
Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.