Craft-Ready Birdhouse Gourds

Shown above, Maria hangs a birdhouse from her hand to show that although the top of the gourd may be crooked, the birdhouse will still hang straight!

  • Description
  • Birdhouse Specifications
  • How Gourds are Priced

Box of 8 Birdhouse Gourds 7-7.9 inches in diameter.* Our Birdhouse gourds are pre-drilled, with a cord for hanging already threaded and installed.

*Please Note: Gourds are often referred to as 5" or 6" or 7" etc., but they are will be bigger because of how we price them. For example, a gourd that passes THROUGH the 7-inch ring on our sizing board is priced and referred to as a "6-inch gourd," even though it could be as big as 6.9 inches. Click on the "How Gourds Are Priced" tab above to see how we price our gourds.

Did you know there are over 50 species of birds in North America that will nest in gourds? But not just any gourd. Each bird has its own requirement for entrance hole size and gourd size. The following chart provides a list of birds and their preferred gourd size.

It is highly recommended to make your birdhouse using an organically grown gourd. Gourds grown using pesticides and chemicals can actually absorb those chemicals into the gourd wall and cause damage to birds. Welburn Gourd Farm grows all their gourds organically.

In the chart, gourd size is listed by the diameter (in inches), which is the distance straight across at the widest point of the gourd (not the circumference, which is the distance all the way around the gourd).

Shown above, Gourd Sizing Board

Most of the "Pre-Boxed Clean Gourds" are sorted by the following sizes:

Large Size: Approx. 9"-10.9" in Diameter*
Medium Size: Approx. 7"-8.9" in Diameter*
Small Size: Approx. 5"-6.9" in Diameter*
Mixed Sizes: Approx. 5"-10.9" in Diameter*

Please see the size references in the photos below!

*Please note: Gourds will be bigger than the size shown on the sizing board because there is a range from one size hole to the next. For example, a gourd that sits on the 9-inch ring and passes through the 10-inch ring on our sizing board is priced as a 9-inch gourd, even though it could be as big as 9.9 inches. Watch our Gourds 101 video to see how we price our gourds.Most of the "Pre-Boxed Clean Gourds" are sorted by the following sizes:

Gourds are sized by their diameter, which is the widest point of the gourd straight across.

Shown above, Small Pear Gourds

Shown above, Medium Pear Gourds

Shown above, Large Pear Gourds


The birdhouses below are made with designs from the Stick 'n Burn pack, "Designs for Birdhouses", by Christy Barajas. This pack features 4 different pages that incorporate a variety of birds, flowers, adorable lady bugs, snails, and even caterpillars! You’ll love making your own gourd birdhouses using the fun images in this Stick 'n Burn pack!