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Kid Friendly Birdhouse Tutorial

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for a giveaway!

My kids tend to be involved in most of my diy projects. Even if it means standing there with a handful of nails giving them to me as needed, they are always excited to help out. Lately my oldest, J, has been showing a lot of interest in being more involved in my projects as well as creating some projects of her own. A couple weeks ago, during one of my projects, she asked if she could try using the drill. After showing her how it worked, followed by a quick safety discussion, I handed the drill over to her. Unfortunately it was too heavy and awkward for her to hold correctly so I ended up holding the drill while she just pushed the trigger. Although she had fun using the drill, I could tell that she was disappointed that she wasn't able to do it on her own.

Amazingly enough, a couple days later I was asked to review a new drill from BLACK+DECKER. BLACK+DECKER recently came out with two new products: The 20V MAX* 1 Speed Cordless Drill and the 20V Max* 2 Speed Cordless Drill. Both drills offer the same speed as previous products, but in a more compact and lightweight size.

When my 20V MAX* Lithium 2-Speed Drill/Driver arrived in the mail I couldn't wait to open it up and test it out. I love how lightweight and compact this drill is. For someone who is 5'2" with small hands, this drill is a perfect fit.

J was also ecstatic and I had the perfect project in mind for the two of us. 

Please not that, while I let my daughter use the drill, this drill is not a toy and was not intended for children. It was designed for adults and should only be operated by a child using proper safety measures, under adult supervision.

I started with a single 1 x 6 board that I bought from our local hardware store. Here are the pieces I used. 
  • 10 x 6 with top cut at a 45* angle and a hole drilled in one piece (cut 2) - front and back
  • 10 x 6 (cut 2) - bottom and one side of the roof
  • 7 x 6 (cut 2) - sides
  • 10 x 5 (cut 1) - hinged side of the roof

To prevent the wood from splitting (and also to make it easier for my daughter to drill the screws in) I pre-drilled all of the holes. I also used a larger drill bit and drilled down slightly over each hole so that the heads of the screws would be flush with the wood.

J started by attaching the sides of the birdhouse to the front and back pieces. She loved how lightweight the drill was and she was actually able to hold it up by herself.

She then attached the base and one side of the roof. 

We used hinges to attach the other side of the roof. This allows us access to the inside in case we ever need to clean it out. J was so proud of her birdhouse and couldn't wait to paint it!

I love how the battery of the drill stayed charged and the speed was consistent throughout the entire project. With its compact size, this is the perfect drill for getting into tight spaces. It would also make a great gift! It may be too late for Fathers Day but Christmas is only 6 months away;) 

With the 4th of July around the corner, the girls decided to paint it similar to the american flag.

We added a couple hooks and a chain to the roof to hang it. It's hanging in a tree outside the girls window so they can keep a close eye on it. I love the fact that J is so proud of this project! It was definitely one of my favorites as well.

Now for the best part. DIYHSH has teamed up with BLACK+DECKER to provide you with a chance to win your own amazing tools. The winner will receive both a 20V MAX* 2 Speed Cordless Drill and 20V MAX* Circular Saw. 

  • Visit BLACK+DECKER's page 
  • Watch the video below
  • Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what project you would tackle if you win. 
  • Be sure to leave your email address in the comment so that I can contact you if you win!
  • Giveaway is open to US residents only. 
  • You must be 18 years old at time of entry. 
  • Giveaway will end July 4th 2016 at 11:59 pm. 
  • Winner will be announced the following Friday July 8th. 
  • Winner will be contacted through email provided in the comments and will have 72 hours to contact me back. 
  • If I do not hear back from the winner within 72 hours you will forfeit your winnings and another winner will be chosen.

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  1. How awesome! I would tackle building the shelving for the closet in my daughters room, and also finishing the wood swingset project! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  2. I'd love to finish organizing my garage with some new shelving & wall hooks.

  3. I'd love to finish organizing my garage with some new shelving & wall hooks.
    Jen W.
    jlp1169 at yahoo dot com

  4. I'd change the hardware ND build a shelf in my bathroom. I'm 77, the weight of it would be nice

  5. I would like to tackle more shelving for the play room for more storage.

    prettyinhotpink6@gmail dot com

  6. I would like to add more shelving to my laundry/storage room and my kids' playroom.

    soapstarr01 at aol dot com

  7. I repair the fence around the house,put some shelves for storage in the basement,and house lay want a gazebo,would do that too.

  8. OM goodness I have about 200 things to use these on new bathroom cabinet, hang shelves in my kitchen, put up my new headboard, putting together bookcases in my LR, I could go on and on and if I win, I will send you pic's of everything I use them on!! In My home it's just me and my 4lb. Poodle, and she is no help in these matters, her job IS SITTING AND WATCHING ME IN EVERYTHING I DO!!(she thinks she is supervising me) THANK YOU FOR THE CHANCE TO WIN THESE AWESOME TOOLS!!! My email address is: preciousnina50@outlook.com Oh 1 MORE THING I HAVE A COUPLE OF BIRDHOUSES THAT MY 4 GRANDSONS WANT TO HELP ME WITH!!!

    Jamie Honley Denver Colorado

  9. I'm the handyman in my family even though I'm the youngest girl. I've always wanted one of these because all of my tasks are usually by hand and this would make things go much faster, however the price has always been the issue. I'm currently updating my mother's room and it's taking forever. I wish there were men in my family to hand down their tools but all I have to work with is a pink set my grandmother bought me.

  10. Oh I love your birdhouses! I was just saying last weekend that we need to buy some new ones. This would be so much more fun to make them! I think the first project I would do is to make a couple raised garden beds. We container garden, but I would love to make a couple raised beds to give the plants more room!
    landfjacobson @ charter . net

  11. I would like to tackle building more shelves in the garage for added storage space. Thank you for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  12. I am needing to tackle putting a peep hole in my front door.A black an decker drill would so help me with that.

  13. Wonderful tutorial have my own diy blog too (http://diy952.wordpress.com/) and my 12 year old is making his own channel to share his skills. This is one Ninja star tutorial he made and he is so excited for me to share it with others - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeRxmZ_gLOo

    Following you now :)

  14. It would help me build my chicken coop I've always wanted!!
    Middleton202 @ hotmail dot com


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