It´s National Bird Feeding Month, so why not write a post on how to make your own bird feeders? I want to show you a few different ideas here today.
Bird feeders and bird baths are ideal to attract birds into your garden. If you want to know more about why you even would want to attract them and other animals to your garden, then you should read Why you should encourage wildlife into your garden or listen to the podcast 🙂
Make your own bird feeder from recycled materials
Without getting too involved, you can make a bird feeder from miscellaneous items found in your garage and around your home. For example, if you have a coat hanger, a pie plate or a dinner plate, and some PVC piping, you can make a lovely feeder. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
For this DIY lawn and garden craft you’ll need:
- PVC pipe approximately 4 inches in diameter or larger
- 2 pie tins or a small plate and saucer or a combination of items (this will be the top and bottom of your feeder)
- Paint (if you think in the environment then best use acrylic paint or eco-paint)
- Eye bolt or screw-in hook which will be used to hang your feeder. It needs to be the full length of the feeder, so from the top plate through the PVC to the bottom plate.
- Drill and bit large enough for your eye bolt. If you’re using a ceramic plate for your feeder, you’ll want a tile drill bit to prevent the plate from cracking.
- Two washers
- And chain or other material to hang the feeder from like string or yarn
The first step is to gather your pieces of equipment. You can use plates, saucers, pie tins or whatever you have on hand. The top component will be to keep the birds and the seeds dry, and will also be used to attach your eyebolt to. The bottom component will be for the birds to perch on and it’s where you will place the birdseed.
In between these two dishes will be your PVC pipe. You may need to cut the pipe to the right height if your eye bolt is too short. Once it is at the right height, cut three small notches in the base of the PVC. This is where the seed will come out to feed the birds. Each one needs to be large enough for the seed to move through.
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Next sand the PVC and prime it. Then paint the PVC in whatever style or design you choose. Drill a hole in the top plate and the bottom plate. Glue the top plate to the PVC and let dry. Slide the eye bolt through the top plate and through the PVC.
Place one washer on either side of your bottom plate and screw in the eye bolt, using your nut to keep the bolt in place. Once you’re sure it all fits together, undo the bolt and fill the PVC with seed. Lastly reattach the bottom plate and your feeder is ready to be hung up.
Make your own bird feeder with your kids
Winter is the time of oranges. Do you have some at home? Then you can turn the skin into a bird feeder!
All you need to make these bird feeders is:
- 1 orange you used to make juice
- Or cookie cutters or a muffin tray instead of the orange
- 1 packet of gelatine
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 cup bird seeds (and some dried berries and crumbled nuts, if you want)
- And a wooden stick thicker than your string
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Add the gelatine to your water and bring to simmer while stirring until the gelatine is dissolved. Then let it cool down for about 1 minute.
Stir in the bird seeds and add the mix to your orange. If you are using the muffin tray, then slightly oil the tray first and add the mix in. For the cookie cutters lay them out and fill them with the mix. Then press it all together slightly, so it binds properly.
Should you want to use dried berries and nuts, then push them into the bird seeds now.
Use the wooden stick to make holes into the orange halves, either just one or 4. Depending on how you want to hang it up, either with the seeds on top or dangling to the side. With the cookie cutters and the muffin tray: make one hole in each feeder.
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Let it all dry over night. Take it out the next day, attach the string and then you can hang your bird feeders up in different save places in your garden or even on your balcony. When picking a place, make sure dogs and cats cannot reach the bird feeders, nor the birds.
Now the only thing left to do is to sit back and enjoy watching your new bird friends gather around your bird feeders. 🙂
I hope, you have enjoyed finding out how to make your own bird feeders and have found some inspriration. Which one was your favourite or did you make your own? Let me know.
And if you know of someone who would like to make bird feeders, then please share. Thank you!
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