It’s been another tough winter up here in Northeast Wisconsin, and I’m already daydreaming about the warm summer to come.  Although it’s still early, spring is right around the corner…right? So why not get ready and start making something really cool and colorful? These birdhouses are one of my first projects exploring with our new Glowforge laser cutter which has been amazing to play around with! I’m so impressed with the precision, the design interface, and how quickly you can create with this machine.  Although it’s just a birdhouse, I’ve packed a lot of creativity and thought into not just how it looks but how it is assembled and painted, so it will look just stunning. This house is designed for a house wren with an opening of 1-1/4″, I searched for birdhouse hole sizes and found a page that had a ton of information.



  • 1X 1/4″ x 6″ x 48″ Poplar Board (Find this at your local Menards or other Hardware Store)
  • 1X 1/4″ x 11″ x 19.5″ Double Corrugated Cardboard sheet (paint supports)
  • 6X #6 x 1/2″ Wood Screws (should be clear coated)
  • Box of wire nails (18x1/2″ – you can also just glue the house together too if you’d prefer)
  • Wood Glue (I find the Titebond glues work best, but don’t take my word for it)
  • Thin Masking Tape
  • 1 Can of Universal Bonding Spray Primer (I found spray primer to work really well)
  • 2 Cans of Spray Paint (Spray paint will give you a better texture and finish, get a bold and neutral color)
  • Quick Grips (for pinching the house together)
  • Design files (get them here)