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DIY Bird Feeder Project Ideas

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.


Wreaths [1]: Nice craft for our feathered friends, complete with homemade bird seed treats.

Cakes [2]: Made with gelatine, birdseed, boiling water, molds, and hang by yarn or string.



Vintage Glassware Project [3]: An orphaned coffee or tea cup, saucer, glass vase and wooden dowels are assembled together to make this nifty feeder.

Shabby Chic [4]: This one stacks assorted vases, saucers and cups together (held together with glue).



Flowering Feeders [5]: Woodworking project that hangs by chains, a ground cover such as moss, ivy, thyme, etc., is planted on the roof.

Plastic Bottle Dispenser [6]: Wooden spoons are inserted into a clean 1-liter soda bottle, filled with seed then hung by a length of twine.



Hanging Mesh Bag [7]: Assorted ingredients are mixed then packed into paper cups (for molds), once firm the homemade mixture is packed in mesh bags and hung from a tree.

Stonegable Suet Balls [8]: Beef fat is ground then mixed together with seed and formed into a ball. Set out in a terracotta saucer or a mesh bag.



Speedy Bird Cake [9]: Ingredients are mixed together then packed into empty yogurt containers to set. Once firm, hang cups upside down with a bit of twine or string.

Pumpkin Feeder [10]: A pumpkin is cut in half, cleaned out and filled with seeds. Neat idea!



Toilet Paper Rolls [11]: Empty tubes are covered with peanut butter then rolled in birdseed, these slip right over branches for easy hanging.

Popsicle Sticks [12]: Remember this camp-craft from back in the day? Kid-friendly project using wooden popsicle sticks, glue and hemp cord.



Bird Seed Wreath [13]: Bird seed is mixed with a few ingredients then pressed into a bundt cake pan (as a mold), hung from a strip of ribbon once it’s firm.

Flowerpot Project [14]: Made with a clay flowerpot, a plastic water bottle, lightweight wire, a small branch and other assorted household items.



For The Window [15]: Frame and tray are made with scrap wood, suction cups are attached on the back to hang on window.

Filled Spiral [16]: 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.



Dinnerware [17]: Supplies needed are a colorful bowl and plate, a carriage bolt, washers, nuts, glue and nylon cord.

Easy Rounds [18]: The bottoms are cut from empty plastic bottles then packed with a mixture of seeds and melted lard.


Teacup Project

*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…

Materials Needed:

Teacup Feeder With Sprouting Seeds



Pine Cones

*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 :).

Pine Cones

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:

“The Great Crisco Debate” – The Suet vs. Lard vs. Shortening question [19]
Mother Earth News [20]