You can easily grow birdhouse gourds yourself or find them for sale at most produce stands in the fall. A birdhouse gourd is a easy birdhouse design. It could be used for various birds including as a bluebird house. Once you have the gourds you need to keep them in a cool dry place until they dry out and you can shake them and hear the seeds rattle. The gourd will start to look ugly and like it is starting to mold just let it keep drying as long as there is no moisture.
After the gourd has properly dried it is time to decide on how you would like your birdhouse to look. Do you want a special design painted on it, a solid color, or just stained to a natural look. This step is where the fun is and you need to use your creative side let your imagination do the work.
Once your design is in place and dried you will need to put some kind of protective coat on so it will last threw the years. A clear polyurethane should do a proper job for this purpose. Even with the protective coat on you should still bring the gourd inside threw the winter months.
When you have finished with the paint and polyurethane and they are dried it is time to put the whole in for the bird to live. Using a 1 1/2″ drill bit or a a knife cut a whole in the side of the gourd. Take a spoon and scrape the inside out removing the seeds, this step isn’t to important because what is left in the birds will use as food. If you would like to add a small dowel underneath the whole just use a small drill bit a drop of glue and put in place. I generally don’t use the dowel as cute as it looks they are generally not needed and just make easy access for predators for the young birds. I hope you enjoy your new birdhouses in the yard.