DIY Home + Garden Homemade Bird Feeders

Published on March 20th, 2015 | by Julie Finn

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The 20 Best Bird Feeders That You Can Make

20 Best Homemade Bird Feeders That You Can Make

If you haven’t been feeding the birds all winter, this is a great time to start! And if you have been feeding them all winter, this is a great time to mix things up by adding some new homemade bird feeders to welcome the spring migrants.

Wherever you are in the “We Love our Feathered Friends” game, there are homemade bird feeders on this list for you. Whether you make your bird feeder out of a water bottle (you can!) or some gorgeous unfinished wood planking (you totally can!), I assure you, the birds do not care. In this case, as in most cases, it’s what’s inside that matters!

20 Best Homemade Bird Feeders

1. birdseed wreathIt’s your very own living wreath!

2. bowl and plate bird feederI’d suggest that you use a thrifted bowl and plate, and a drill specifically designed for drilling through those materials, rather than buying a brand-new bowl and plate just for this project. I mean, yeah.

3. bundt pan bird feederEven if the finish has worn off your old bundt pan, the birds will still love it!

4. candy jar bird feederI’d suggest finding something creative to upcycle for the pillar in this homemade bird feeder–an old glass vase and some river rocks, perhaps?

5. cookie cutter bird feedersThese are cute homemade bird feeders that you can make without adding them as permanent fixtures in your yard.

6. fir cone bird feederHere’s an upgrade to the usual “pine cone and peanut butter” bird feeder.

7. glass soda bottle bird feederDon’t hang this over concrete, friends, just in case.

8. Mason jar bird feederI especially love this homemade bird feeder, because it upcycles those little chick food troughs that you only use when the chicks are tiny.

9. milk carton bird feederThis project that upcycles an empty milk carton into homemade bird feeders is the perfect one for a kid to do all by herself.

10. milk jug bird feederDo this project with preschoolers; they can decorate the jug with markers, but otherwise the whole thing comes together in minutes.

11. orange bird feederThis bird feeder is a good one to put in a spot that’s inconvenient to access, because other than the string, it’s completely biodegradable.

12. paint can bird feederThis project is VERY upcycling-friendly!

13. saucer bird feeder. This bird feeder uses the terra cotta saucers that sit underneath plant pots, but it’s possible that you could substitute any kind of saucer–if you experiment, let me know!

20 Best Homemade Bird Feeders That You Can Make14. silverware suet feederSilverware is a dime a dozen at the thrift store (sometimes literally!), which makes this an easy project to supply. Use Scott’s suet recipe, which is quick and easy and kid-friendly.

15. soda bottle bird feederWhile it won’t be as pretty as the glass bottle bird feeder, you also won’t have to worry about it falling and smashing onto the concrete driveway below.

16. tea cup bird feederThis is a great bird feeder for those who can’t reach up high to hang bird feeders–as long as you don’t have any neighborhood cats!

17. toilet paper tube bird feederIf you build the mounting structure for this bird feeder, then you can simply recycle the tp tubes as they’re used up, and replace them with fresh ones.

18. window bird feederThis project plays off of the milk carton bird feeder to make one that you’ll enjoy watching as much as the birds will enjoying eating at.

19. wine bottle bird feederThese homemade bird feeders look well put together, and they also upcycle a wine bottle.

20. wooden bird feederIf you’ve got some scrap wood and some basic woodworking skills, then this is the bird feeder for you!

Photo credit: homemade bird feeder image via Shutterstock

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



7 Responses to The 20 Best Bird Feeders That You Can Make

  1. There are so many awesome things about making homemade birdfeeders! It’s a celebration of spring. It’s something that you can do with little crafters. It’s something you can do with non-crafters too! And it’s good for the birdies. 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    Those feeders are all for the birds… Then again if birds of a feather flock together, you might need to make all of them. Of course, I’m pretty partial to number 18 ;0) I find it interesting that you are having problems with puns in the comments. I’m taking “Physiology and Ethics of Humor in Popular Culture,” for my class this term and one of the way old theories about laughter and humor is that it’s a form of aggression. If you ask Freud, it’s also an indication of pent-up libido frustration. Obviously.

  3. bcnowling says:

    Great stuff! No. 19 keeps going to the tea cup feeder. I’d like to see how ya’ll do it. Please let me know how to find your wine bottle feeder. Thank you

  4. James Harvon says:

    I was impressed with all of the different bird feeder options. One that stood out to me was the one made from plastic cans. We could certainly use some bird feeders in our yard. It will be nice to have birds at play while we sit at our patio.

  5. Kathy Lenhart says:

    I’m a bird watcher and I’ve had my share of store bought bird feeders but for some odd reason they tend to come up missing so thanks to this site I now can make fun family projects doing my own and the kids own crafty bird feeders I just hope I can keep them filled with bird seed BC I love seeing all the different types of birds I can get to come in, thanks again!

  6. Véronique says:

    Thanks for sharing Julie, I will feel less guilty to drink wine now 😀

  7. J Bird says:

    My son and I have made several bird feeders and houses over the years. My youngest is just about to the age where he wants to start doing projects like that. Got a few new good ideas from here for which I am thankful!

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