Basket Bird Houses

Photograph by Mitch Mandel

Here’s my very first project I whipped up for Organic Gardening Magazine.  It’s a fun and simple way to make a snappy home for birds by repurposing those baskets cluttering up your closets and basements.

You will need:

  • Baskets
  • Hand pruners
  • Florist wire or twine
  • Glue gun
  • Art knife
  • Natural decorations: moss, twigs, grapevine, pinecones


  1. Choose two baskets of similar size–one for the base and one for the roof–and remove any handles with pruners. Insert and secure wire or twine through the bottom of the “roof” basket (this will serve for hanging).
  2. Wire and glue the open sides of the two baskets together.
  3. Use the knife to cut an entrance hole.
  4. Mount your decorations to the roof with wire or glue gun.
  5. Cut a perch stick long enough to reach through the birdhouse and exit about 1 1/2 inches. Push it in straight 1/2 inch below the opening. Secure with glue if necessary.
  6. Hang in a protected location; under eaves or in a shrub or tree.

6 responses to “Basket Bird Houses

  1. susan napolitano

    Hi Mark, everything as usual is beatiful! all the best with your new endevor! I know this will be a great success! Love Susan…

  2. Thank you Susan! You’re the best!!!!

  3. Wondering about stuff in PA

    How come we don’t have any of these in OUR trees??

  4. Katie kimmerling

    Thanks for sharing, the bird houses are adorable.

  5. Muy lindas!!!!!

  6. These are very adorable and a wonderful way of repurposing the many baskets that I have accumulated. Thank you so much for the great ideas!

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