Excerpt from 50 Popular Woodworking Projects by Joseph
J. Lukowitz, Algrove Publishing Classic Reprint Series, 2005.
(Originally published in 1938.)
32. A roofing-paper wren house.
attractive and novel wren house, made almost entirely of scraps
of roofing paper, is shown in Figure 32. The colored sand or
crushed rock with which this roofing paper is coated adds much
to its appearance.
Figure 32 clearly shows the construction of the wren house.
The 7/8-in. diameter entrance hole can be made with dividers.
This can be done by placing the dividers on the reverse side
of the paper and turning it several times. The round plug thus
formed can be pushed out with the fingers after several turns
without cutting clear through to the sandstone coating on the
other side of the roofing paper. The conical roof is held in
shape with three pieces of wire pushed through the paper and
The bottom should be fastened with flathead nails which should
not be driven in all the way. This will facilitate withdrawing
the nails for removal of the bottom for cleaning.
Provision always should be made for ventilation of roofing-paper
bird-houses in order to avoid overheating. In addition, they
should be located where they will be in the shade for most of