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DIY Bird Feeder Project Ideas
Posted By Tipnut On January 7, 2011 @ 1:31 am In Outdoors | 2 Comments
Here’s an assortment of recipes and projects to treat our feathered friends, don’t miss the teacup and pine cone tutorials at the bottom of the page.
Cakes : Made with gelatine, birdseed, boiling water, molds, and hang by yarn or string.
Shabby Chic : This one stacks assorted vases, saucers and cups together (held together with glue).
Plastic Bottle Dispenser : Wooden spoons are inserted into a clean 1-liter soda bottle, filled with seed then hung by a length of twine.
Stonegable Suet Balls : Beef fat is ground then mixed together with seed and formed into a ball. Set out in a terracotta saucer or a mesh bag.
Pumpkin Feeder : A pumpkin is cut in half, cleaned out and filled with seeds. Neat idea!
Popsicle Sticks : Remember this camp-craft from back in the day? Kid-friendly project using wooden popsicle sticks, glue and hemp cord.
Flowerpot Project : Made with a clay flowerpot, a plastic water bottle, lightweight wire, a small branch and other assorted household items.
Filled Spiral : 12 or 10 gauge wire (aluminum, copper or nickel) is wrapped around a rolling pin or can, fill with fruit, nesting materials or seed covered pinecones.
Easy Rounds : The bottoms are cut from empty plastic bottles then packed with a mixture of seeds and melted lard.
*First published July 13, 2009 and moved here for better organization
This project will not only add a touch of charm to your garden, it’s a great way to use those pretty china teacups and saucers you picked up at thrift markets and garage sales. I love how the teacup holds the birdseed while the saucer makes a convenient perch for the birds (and catches stray seeds). Here’s the easiest way I’ve found to make these…
*First published September 7, 2007 (moved to this page for better organization)
A little early for these yet since they should be set out when the weather is chilly enough for the peanut butter not to go rancid, but it’s nice to be reminded this time of year to snatch up all the pine cones you can–while you can get them free :).
6 large pine cones
6 strands of heavy duty string
1 1/2 cups bird seed
1 1/4 cups chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
If you’re concerned about: Is peanut butter safe for birds? Or – Isn’t vegetable shortening a laxative for birds? Or – Peanut butter chokes birds! Please read:
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URLs in this post:
 Wreaths: http://gratefulprayerthankfulheart.blogspot.com/2011/01/for-birds.html
 Cakes: http://themagiconions.blogspot.com/2010/07/darling-little-birdseed-cakes.html
 Vintage Glassware Project: http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/8240-make-it-secondhand-chic-quick-easy-garden-decor
 Shabby Chic: http://etcetorize.blogspot.com/2011/05/shabby-chic-bird-feeder.html
 Flowering Feeders: http://www.sunset.com/home/architecture-design/flowering-bird-feeders-00400000014561/
 Plastic Bottle Dispenser: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/backyard-bird-feeder-672532/
 Hanging Mesh Bag: http://www.marthastewart.com/272458/feed-the-birds
 Stonegable Suet Balls: http://www.stonegableblog.com/2011/01/feed-birds.html
 Speedy Bird Cake: http://www.rspb.org.uk/youth/makeanddo/activities/birdcake.aspx
 Pumpkin Feeder: http://dreamywhites.blogspot.com/2010/11/pumpkins-and-craft-book-for-kids.html
 Toilet Paper Rolls: http://moffattgirls.blogspot.com/2011/02/toiletpaper-roll-bird-feeders.html
 Popsicle Sticks: http://www.tonyastaab.com/2011/06/x-treme-bird-feeders.html
 Bird Seed Wreath: http://familycorner.blogspot.com/2011/07/bird-seed-wreath.html
 Flowerpot Project: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/Backyard-Projects/Bird-Feeders/Flowerpot-Bird-Feeder
 For The Window: http://ana-white.com/2012/03/plans/window-birdfeeder
 Filled Spiral: http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/garden/pages/tips-for-attracting-birds.aspx
 Dinnerware: http://erinscreative.blogspot.ca/2012/06/diy-bird-feeder.html
 Easy Rounds: http://ewainthegarden.blogspot.ca/2011/01/pretty-bird-food.html
 “The Great Crisco Debate” – The Suet vs. Lard vs. Shortening question: http://www.bluebirdnut.com/the_fat_question.htm
 Mother Earth News: http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-community/feeding-wild-birds-zm0z92zros.aspx
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