If you built the birdhouse yourself or know your way around a woodworking studio, make the post from scrap lumber. If not, you’ll find wood posts at your local home-improvement store. Choose a post that will balance nicely with the proportions of the birdhouse and allow room for the brackets you’ll use to attach it. Installing the post is an easy weekend project if you follow these step-by-step instructions:
Tools & Materials
- Wood birdhouse
- Wood post
- Large bucket
- 25-pound package of easy-mix concrete
- Cardboard concrete form (cylinder shape)
- 2 to 3 quarts cold water
- Wood or metal stirring stick
- Old metal spoon or trowel
- Cutting tool (such as a carpet knife)
- Electric drill
- Safety goggles
- Paint (spray paint, outdoor acrylic or latex)
- Tarp for painting (optional)
- 4 small mounting brackets and screws
Step 1: Dig a hole
Paint the birdhouse and the post. While the pieces are drying, dig a hole about 2 in. wider than the post. (Remember to call 811 before you dig.) The hole should be about 12 in. deep. Insert the cardboard cylinder into the hole and use the carpet knife to cut it about 10 to 15 in. above the ground.
Step 2: Attach brackets to post
Use the pencil to mark each side for the placement of the metal brackets. Wearing safety goggles, drill the holes and screw in each bracket. If desired, paint the brackets to match the pole and birdhouse.
Step 3: Mix cement and place post
Pour the dry concrete into the bucket, add water and stir it to a slightly mushy consistency. Follow the instructions on the concrete package for perfect results.
Pour about one-third of the concrete mixture into the hole, place the pole on top and use the trowel or spoon to surround the pole with the remaining concrete.
Ensure the pole is standing straight by aligning the level to one side and adjusting as needed. Allow the concrete to harden and cure for 24 to 48 hours.
Step 4: Drill holes into the birdhouse
Set the birdhouse on the post and use the pencil to mark the remaining bracket holes. Drill the holes and screw the birdhouse to the post.
Step 5: Cut away the form
Using the carpet knife, cut off any portion of the cardboard form that protrudes over the cement. Cover the cement and the surrounding area with dirt, then cover with pine needles or mulch.
Once the birdhouse post project is complete and your birdhouse is up, wait a few days for the new tenants to arrive. In the meantime, you can clean your birthbath so they’ll have a source of water. Hang a suet bell nearby and the fun will soon begin.