How to pick the perfect kennel
Picking the perfect kennel for your dog depends on the size of your dog, the outdoor space and weather conditions. Visit Bunnings for more advice.
Planting & Growing
How to protect crops from birds
The quickest way to protect your fruit trees and vegie patch is by throwing bird netting over the top. We’ll show how to protect your crops with bird netting.
How to possum proof a roof
Not sleeping that well now that the possums are having races on your roof in the middle of the night? Possum-proof your house and sleep easy again.
How to make a bird feeder
In this video, Kirstie shows you how to make a bird feeder. It’s a great way to learn what birdlife lives in your area and it’s so much fun to make.
How to control insects around the home
We all love entertaining outdoors but warm weather attracts insects. Here’s a guide to keep them away from your home and your guests.
Pets & Wildlife
How to make a D.I.Y. bird nesting box
Learn how to make a bird nesting box
How to get started on a chicken coop
Have fresh eggs everyday. Get your family together and build your own chicken coop.
How to get rid of ants
This video will show you how to successfully get rid of ants in a variety of ways.
Bird nesting boxes play an important role in wildlife conservation, especially in city centres and inner suburbs. This guide shows you the tools you need and explains how to build one for our feathered friends. This nesting box is ideal for native rosellas because it’s designed to keep myna birds out.
If your nails keep bending when you are hammering, check the head of your hammer. It could be that the face has picked up some dirt. This causes the hammerhead to slip slightly when it hits the nail. To solve this, give the head a clean by rubbing it on some sandpaper or a bit of rough concrete.
To make this DIY job even easier, you can have the timber for your nesting box pre-cut for you at selected Bunnings stores. 15mm plywood is considered the minimum thickness to use for a nesting box. Once your timber is cut, label each piece so that you know where it will be used. Refer to the cut list for measurements.
On the timber that will be used for the front of the nesting box, measure and mark where you want to cut the entrance. According to our plans, we cut an 80mm hole centred on the front panel, 440mm up from the bottom.
Once you’ve marked where you want the entrance to be, clamp the wood to the edge of the workbench. Use a drill with a hole saw to cut out the entrance.
To make the ladder straight, draw lines across the front of the box from the top and the bottom of the drilled holes. Clamp the wood to the workbench and use the jigsaw to cut out the ladder. Sand back any rough edges.
To make sure rain runs off the nesting box, the back panel needs to slope forward. Do this by placing several timber offcuts on top of each other. Clamp the panel to the workbench and use the nail gun to secure the stack of offcuts about 50mm down from the top edge of the back panel.
Stand the base up and to help support it, clamp a piece of timber to it. Line up one of the side panels against the base. Use tape to keep the edges flush. Use the nail gun to attach the base to the sides.
Repeat the above process to attach the side, back and front panels to the base. Also use the nail gun to attach each panel to the one next to it.
Lay one of the pieces of timber for the lid on its side and clamp it to a piece of wood for support. Line the other piece of the lid so it’s flush with the edge. Use tape to secure them. Then use the nail gun to join the two pieces together.
Draw a diagonal line from one corner of the timber for the lid to the other. Clamp it to the workbench. Use the jigsaw to cut it.
Put the nesting box lid on its side, line-up the guard with the top edges of the lid. Use the nail gun to attach the guard to the lid. Repeat this process to attach the second guard to the other side of the lid.
Place the lid on top of the nesting box, flush with its back. Place a hinge in the middle of the lid. Use the drill and screws to attach the lid to the box.
Cut a piece of wire so that it’s long enough to wrap around the tree you want to attach the nesting box to. Slide the wire through a length of hose long enough to wrap around your tree. Make a loop at each end of the wire and clamp it down. Attach a spring to one end of the fixing. This will allow the fixing to stretch as the tree grows.
Use spray paint to paint the nesting box. Camouflage colours will help it to blend into the environment. You can also make leaf patterns by putting a leaf on the nesting box and spray painting over it.
Use the drill to attach a saddle clip to one side of the nesting box, near the back. Attach the fixing before to secure the saddle clip. Repeat this on the other side of the box.
How to design your outdoor room
Make the most of your living and entertaining areas by creating an outdoor living room to enjoy with your family.
D.I.Y. outdoor daybed
This outdoor daybed will help you to relax and unwind while you’re outside; it’s also a great design feature.
How to choose the perfect outdoor setting
The right furniture can transform any outdoor space to a more liveable area, but how do you choose. Find out with this guide from Bunnings Warehouse.
Storage & Structures
Best outdoor storage solutions
It's not easy finding space to store bulky or outdoor items. Add to that, no two backyards are rarely the same, which is what makes Build-A-Shed the perfect storage solution.
How to install an outdoor screen panel
Screen panels can completely transform an outdoor space. Find out how to install them in your backyard.
D.I.Y. toddler activity board
This easy-to-make activity board will have your kids playing outside and creating their own works of art.
Learn how to build an outdoor garden bench
Learn how to build an outdoor garden bench
Planning & Projects
How to design a kitchen
Find out everything you need to know to help you plan and design your dream kitchen
How to maintain your lawn
All it takes is a little bit of maintenance to keep a healthy lawn. We’ll show you a few simple ways to maintain your lawn.
How to install a skylight
Making the most of the available natural light is a great way to save on your energy costs. We’ll show you how to install a skylight to brighten up the rooms in your home.
Heating & Cooling
How to insulate a ceiling
Keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer by insulating your ceilings. We’ll show you all you need to know about installing ceiling insulation.
Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.