Hands On: How to Make DIY Bird Feeders

As we embrace the challenges of physical distancing in a COVID-19 world, having a beautiful backyard to spend time in has become even more important. Attracting wildlife to your outdoor living space can help bolster your mood, improve your local ecosystem and bring an energizing and exciting element to your backyard. Who doesn’t love waking up, sipping warm coffee and watching the birds flit by your kitchen window? The following tips will help bring all kinds of feathered friends into view.

Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Photo: Elizabeth Joan Designs

Put that empty bottle to good use with this crafty DIY from Elizabeth Joan Designs. This minimalist feeder can sit on a retaining wall or outdoor shelf, or try hanging it on a pergola.

You’ll need:

  • 8-foot 1″x2″ pine furring strip
  • 4″x6″ poplar hobby board
  • 3″–5″ stainless-steel hose clamp
  • 750 ML wine bottle
  • table saw
  • miter saw or miter box
  • drill
  • clamps
  • wood glue
  • paint
  • birdseed

Get the step-by-step instructions here. 

Birdseed Ornaments

Photo: The Spruce

Birdseed ornaments are a fun and easy project that is perfect for keeping the kids occupied on a rainy day. You can make them in an almost endless variety of shapes, sizes and patterns. Change them up for the holidays or seasonally to keep local wildlife fat and happy while bringing some timely décor to your outdoor living space. Project from The Spruce.

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flour (any type)
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup (regular or light)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin, such as Knox
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • cookie cutters

Get the step-by-step instructions here. 


Colorblock Bird Feeder

Photo: Handmade Charlotte

This birdfeeder design from Handmade Charlotte is a great way to bring some color to your backyard while giving the birds a safe, elevated place to get a snack. You can make one by reusing plastic containers or purchasing clear plastic tubing.

You’ll need:

  • outdoor acrylic paint
  • paintbrush
  • clear plastic tube (from tennis balls, badminton birdies or similar)
  • string
  • precision scissors
  • craft knife
  • permanent marker
  • popsicle sticks (jumbo)
  • washi tape
  • birdseed

Get the step-by-step instructions here. 

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Photo: Country Chic Cottage

Add some stylish southern charm to your backyard with this mason jar bird feeder from The Country Chic Cottage. It’s reusable, so you can easily fill it up again after your feathered friends have finished off the last of their birdseed.

You’ll need:

  • Mason jar mug with handle
  • wooden dowel
  • 1 1/2 cups birdseed
  • 1/2 package unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • heavy gauge wire

Get the step-by-step instructions here.

Maintaining a bird feeder is pretty easy. Keep it full, give wildlife space to enjoy the treat and consider keeping a water source nearby to support them even more. If you need more tips, click here. With spring in full bloom, now is the perfect time to try a few different styles of DIY bird feeders and see which works best for your outdoor space.