Throughout the winter months the local squirrel population goes about their daily chores of stashing nuts, climbing and retrieving those remaining nuts and preparing for bad weather. To assist our local squirrel population and allow our family an opportunity to watch them work, we designed and completed a couple squirrel houses. This is an easy and quick project you and your family can take on during those raining days in the fall or winter. If you have been looking for how to build a squirrel house, this post will walk you through the process and you can print the simple pattern if you wish to use it or simply design your own. Create your own DIY squirrel house and share it with us!
Design Your Squirrel Condo
This design is very similar to a bird house except for its larger size and deeper chamber which allows the squirrel to go into the hole and down into the box. This provides storage and nesting room for the squirrel.
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Gather and Cut Your Materials
Once you have determined your design, measure and cut each of your pieces. A 2-inch hole cutter bit was used to create the entrance hole and the house is constructed of cheap pine #2 boards. A piece of ½ inch plywood was used as the floor.
Put It All Together
To give the house some life I used a combination of 1 5/8 inch wood screws and finishing nails. I used wood glue to provide extra support and to seal the joints protecting them from wind and rain.
The final two touches were to use a 3-inch overhang on the front portion of the roof and a 2-inch porch for easy entrance or lounging in the sun on a spring or summer day.
Securing The Home
Once completed with the build, you can use wire or cable to secure it in a tree or screws and nails to add it to a fence post or mount it on a deck. The tree will keep growing, so we don’t recommend using screws or nails in them. Wire, or a small cable, will allow your squirrel house to “hang” on the tree trunk and still allow for the yearly tree growth. Our squirrels are wild and don’t come around our house, so we used wire to secure the box to a tree where we can see it from our living room windows in the forest surrounding the home.
Now sit back and enjoy the acrobatics and antics of your nutty neighbors!