The following article will provide 25 different homemade bird feeders for you to use.
Birds feast on a variety of seeds, fruit, and insects, but they also need water as well as shelter from the cold. Make sure your birds have what they need with these easy-to-make feeders!
The following are 25 creative ways to make a bird feeder at home:
1. A peanut butter and oatmeal feeder from Natural Handmade Bird Feeders Mix one part of peanut butter with three parts of oatmeal. Spread the mixture on a pine board and attach a wire hanger. The birds will love it!
2. A grape feeder may sound weird but according to Bird Watcher’s Digest grapes are favored by woodpeckers, orioles, tanagers, and others. Cut off the top of a grapefruit or orange, then scoop out the fruit. Fill the fruit with birdseed and hang it up.
3. A yogurt feeder is a simple and easy idea to make your own bird feeder says Country Living. Take an empty plastic container and poke holes in the lid. Fill the container with yogurt (or any other type of soft, sticky food) and hang it up. The birds will love it!
4. A mayonnaise jar feeder. Repurposing a mayonnaise jar by 100things2do will not end up as trash and will help birds instead. Mix one part mayonnaise with two parts birdseed. Spread the mixture on a pine board and attach a wire hanger. The birds will love it!
5. A cookie-cutter feeder. Take your favorite cookies and share with birds like Kitchen Counter Chronicles (or cake or brownies) and break them into small pieces. Spread the pieces out on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour. Once the cookies are dry, store them in a jar or other container and hang them up.
6. A hummingbird feeder shared by Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman on Birds and Blooms. Take a small glass or plastic container and fill it with sugar water (or any other type of sweet liquid). Hang it up and wait for the hummingbirds to come!
7. A guide to feeding birds using a fruit feeder shared by More Birds. Take an apple, orange, or other fruit and cut a small hole in the side. Remove the seeds from inside the fruit, then fill it up with birdseed and hang it up!
8. Yes, birds eat pasta according to the Bird Feeder Expert. Take uncooked macaroni noodles (or any pasta) and thread them onto the wire until you have the desired length. Hang the pasta from a tree or other structure and wait for the birds to come!
9. Watch birds enjoy their winter treats using a snack mix bird feeder by Rural Mom. Mix birdseed, cereal, and dried fruit in a bowl. Then pour it into a jar or plastic container with an airtight lid, attach some wire to the cover, and hang it up!
10. Of course mealworms are one of the favorites and they are nutritious too according to Birds and Blooms. Take one part bran flakes (or any breakfast cereal) and two parts mealworms. Put the mixture in a jar or plastic container with an airtight lid, attach some wire to the cover, and hang it up!
11. Birdbath feeder is another great idea to attract birds. Take a small bowl or other container and fill it with water. Place it near your bird feeder to give the birds a place to drink and bathe!
12. Family Handyman shared the idea of a peanut feeder as an easy DIY bird feeder. Take a small jar or plastic container and fill it with peanuts. Attach a wire hanger to the lid and hang it up!
13. Make fat balls and suet feeders to attract and feed a variety of birds providing a variety of foods can attract a larger variety of bird species to your garden.
14. Maintain the happiness of woodpeckers and nuthatches by making this DIY log bird feeder. Take a small log (or any other sturdy material) and drill a hole in one end. Cut a small hole in the side of a plastic container, then fit the container onto the log. Fill the container with birdseed and hang it up.
15. Do you have any leftover PVC pipe laying around in your basement? Utilize them to construct PVC pipe bird feeders shared by Guide patterns. Drill a small hole in the bottom of a PVC pipe and then thread some wire through. Attach a plastic container to the top with some strong glue, then attach the top to the wire and hang it up.
16. A multispecies feeder. Get an inexpensive plastic tray (like the kind you would buy at a gardening store to transport potted plants) and drill a hole in each corner. Cut a small hole in the side of a plastic container, then fit the container into the openings of the tray. Fill the container with birdseed and hang it up.
17. If you want to attract finches, try hanging a thistle seed feeder. Take some small twigs and thread them through the top of a plastic container filled with thistle seed. Then thread each twig through your branch so that the bird feeder hangs down.
18. Seed cake bird feeder is a popular feeder for attracting small birds. Take a cake pan or other baking dish and fill it with birdseed. Bake the birdseed at a low temperature (around 200 degrees Fahrenheit) until it is dry. Allow it to cool, then store it in a jar or other container. Hang the container from a tree or other structure!
19. Homemade bread feeder is an easy DIY bird feeder. Take a bagel or other sliced bread product and thread it onto the wire until you have the desired length. Fill the inside of the bagel with seed.
20. Hanging bird water feeder is also possible to make. Take a small jar or plastic container and fill it with water by Balcony Garden Web. Attach a wire hanger to the lid and hang it up!
21. Nectar feeder is another great idea to attract birds. Take a nectar mix (nettle, sugar, water) and pour it into a bottle or plastic container with an airtight lid. Attach some wire to the cover, then hang the birdfeeder up!
22. A DIY holiday seed wreath feeder for your backyard birds. Take a grapevine wreath and twist it into a circle. Drill a hole in the center and tie some string through the hole. Thread sunflower seeds onto the string and hang it up! Adding this wreath to your collection of bird feeders will attract more bird visitors.
23. A twig feeder. Take a thin twig (or any other type of small, sturdy material) and drill two holes in one end. Cut a wire hanger to the desired length and fit it into the twig. Fill the feeder with birdseed. Next time you’re out in the fresh air of your garden or backyard, gather some twigs and give this entertaining hobby a try.
24. This one-of-a-kind mason jar feeder shared by My Turn For us is simple to make and a joy to watch small birds dine from. Add water and birdseed mix to a quart-size Mason jar. Screw on the cap with the feeding tube attached and hang from a tree or other structure! Take a Mason jar and drill a hole in the lid. Cut a small hole in the side of a plastic container, then fit the container onto the Mason jar. Fill the container with birdseed and screw on the lid. Hang it up!
25. A quick and easy homemade bird feeder to make in a jiffy is a pinecone-filled, peanut butter bird feeder treat. Roll some peanut butter balls in birdseed and attach them to the sides of a pinecone with toothpicks. Hang it up!
Now that you have a variety of DIY bird feeders to choose from, it’s time to get started on making your own! All of these projects are easy and fun, so gather the kids or some friends and get crafting. The more people who help, the more bird feeders you can make! And don’t forget to enjoy watching the birds dine from your creations!