There are many creative, fun and easy ways to make your own DIY bird feeder, making it a great project whether you’re doing it with the kids or you’re an experienced handyman. Check out these feeders!
1. Teacup feeder
Get making: glue your cup sideways onto your saucer, so the handle is at the top. Wait for it to dry, then pour in bird seed, and hang it from your hook (or tie twine around the handle and hang it from this).
2. Lego Bird feeder
You’ll need: Lego, bird seed.
Get making: be creative with your Lego! You’ll need to leave a hollow space and a perch. The one photographed was designed by Gary Mueller. Although fantastic and very visually pleasing, it should be noted that this is not the most practical of bird feeders, as it’s very difficult to clean, and the food may be caught in crevices and become mouldy. Not to rain on your parade or anything…
3. Plate and bowl feeder
Get making: drill holes in the middle of your plate and bowl. Put the washer on your bolt, then glue, add the plate, more glue, and another washer. Thread the nut a few inches down from the top, where you want your plate to be. Add your plate, then another nut. Add another nut and washer at the top of your bolt, then use nylon to knot around the gap, leaving some extra to hang your feeder from.
4. The ridiculous
You’ll need: anything you can get hold of that’s hollow (pictured here… a shoe), a drill, screws, bird feed.
Get making: attach your hollow object to a tree, screw it in place and fill it with bird feed (then perhaps sit back to evaluate how you ended up here). As with the Lego feeder, we hope we don’t have to mention that this may not be the most hygienic or clever option. If you feel so inclined to use an old shoe, we implore you to think of the poor birds!
5. Wine bottle
Get making: drill a hole into your feeder, moving from a 45° to a 90° angle, and keeping the drill bit submerged in water (have someone pour it over as you drill). Sand down the hole. Glue the saucer to the bottom of the bottle. Glue your wire around the top, and fill with bird seed.
6. Paper plate feeder
Get making: make a hole in your plate and weave twine through the plate and basket to secure in place. Thread your twine through three places in the basket to create a structure to hang it. Spread peanut butter on your plate (take a spoonful for yourself) and coat it in bird seed.
7. Hollow log
Get making: a hollow log will make your life a lot easier for this DIY. The only steps from there involves cutting a hole, screwing in your eyelets and attaching the chain.
8. Recycled feeder
You’ll need: a plastic bottle, scissors, two wooden spoons, eyelet, twine, bird feed.
Get making: Pierce your bottle in two places, even and opposite on the bottle, and slide in your spoon. Repeat this for the other spoon (if using). Screw your eyelet into the top, tie the twine around this, and fill the bottle with bird seed. Make sure your holes are large enough for the bird to get food out of, or consider making another hole above where the spoon is, on the side where the bird will perch.
9. The junk feeder
You’ll need: anything you can get hold of, lots of glue, a drill, screws, bird feed.
Get making: attach all your things together, using either glue or screws, in a way that creates some kind of hollow space for the seed to go. Attach it to your walls (maybe somewhere the neighbours can’t see it).
10. Orange peel feeder
We have a video for this one! Don’t you feel spoiled.
We hope you’ve been inspired by these simple and easy bird feeders to try your hand at making one. If you do, we’d love to see! You can always send us photos to our Facebook page. If you’re feeling lazy and want to buy one instead, we’ve got you covered for that too.