Homemade Bird Feeders

You can easily and relatively inexpensively attract birds to your garden by making your own bird feeders. This is a guide about homemade bird feeders.
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June 12, 2009 Flag
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Here is a bird/squirrel feeder hubby made for our yard. Although the design is not his own, he saw one in his customer's yard and came home, made it out of scrap wood (leftover from a boat he is working on), and a large pickle jar we had in the house.
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We neglected to coat it with a clearcoat to protect it from the elements, but we'll make another and be sure to do so. It has already has repeat visits from a family of titmice, and squirrels, and one bumblebee who we had to let out due to him bumping into the glass *grin*.

By HICKCHIC3 from North Augusta, SC

June 13, 20090 found this helpful

I have had one in the past where the squirrels were plentiful. We had both the brown and the black. I had great fun watching the squirrels and their antics. I think the idea for this came from "Birds and Blooms" magazine. I am sure they have archives if anyone would care to make one.

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June 13, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing. I do believe this is on the top of my"to do"list. I give it a 10. Good luck on winning!

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June 13, 20090 found this helpful

This is the Beverly Hills Mansion of bird feeders. What a wonderful (& useful) piece of artwork! I'd cut the holes a bit smaller so the squirrels & rats don't steal the birds food!

Sadly, we had to take our bird feeder down because it was attracting raccoons & this made us fear our cat would be their next meal!

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June 13, 20090 found this helpful

May 11, 2009 Flag

Please do not reuse the plastic onion/vegetable bags for the wild birds. I had used the bags for well over five years without a problem. It took one incident to change my mind about using these bags.

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July 9, 2013 Flag
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A birdfeeder (or birdbath) can be made easily using a large glass lid, a wire clothes hanger, some string, and grape vines.

Supplies:

  • 1 large glass lid
  • wire clothes hanger
  • string
  • artificial grape vines

Steps:

  1. Cut off the hook on the hanger and then bend hanger into a circle.
  2. Place 18 inches of string in 3 equal places around the hanger, then tie them together securely into a strong knot.
  3. Decorate and cover the hanger with grape vines.
  4. Place the lid into the 'frame' you have made.
  5. Place bird seed (or water) into the lid.
  6. Hang on a shepherd's hook or a tree, and watch the birds appear!
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July 23, 20130 found this helpful

I think the bird feeder is a neat idea. It is also very pretty. I vote yes.

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August 1, 20130 found this helpful

I love this idea. I am going to make one and hang it near the hummingbird feeder. They love splashing in water and playing in the rain. We'll see what they think about their own private pool!

Harlean from Arkansas

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May 2, 2012 Flag

Cut your orange in half scoop out the edible part. Poke two holes in each side of the orange, use a piece a string and thread through the holes. Then put bird seed in it, and hang on a tree.

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April 18, 2011 Flag
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My husband and I would like to sell our Swing Birdfeeders. We would like to sell them assembled and unassembled.
Does anyone know where we could sell them?

Thank you.

By Jackie from Salisbury, MD

April 20, 20110 found this helpful

Flea markets are also a good idea. By the way, love your cute bird feeders! How much do you charge for them?

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

You might like to look at the following website: www.etsy.com. People can buy and sell handmade and vintage items. It reaches people all over the world.

Another idea is craft fairs, whether local or nearby. They would require a fee and perhaps a percentage of your sales. Something you may want to check into.

Whatever you do good luck and have fun with it!

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May 10, 20131 found this helpful

Try Craigslist.com It is free.

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June 2, 20160 found this helpful

November 14, 2004 Flag
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This is how to make a bird feeder for absolutely no cost. First, I ask the butcher in my supermarket for suet. I've never been charged for this because they throw it away anyway. Then I tie the suet in an empty mesh onion bag and hang it from a tree.

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January 20, 2016 Flag
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I am trying to glue birdseed to Styrofoam balls, but regular old school glue is not working. The seeds keep falling off. Does anyone know of a tackier glue that would work? I sealed the Styrofoam with Mod Podge.

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January 21, 20160 found this helpful

Try Alene's tacky glue.

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January 24, 20160 found this helpful

I agree with Linda. Also, you might find that the Mod Podge is why the glue didn't stick. Try it on a scrap piece of unglued Styrofoam and it might work. Hope that helps.

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August 13, 2009 Flag
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I have been able to make what seems to be squirrel proof suet cage covers that work beautifully from a clean 1 gallon bleach bottle, a metal wire coat hanger, and a twisty tie.

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December 21, 2007 Flag
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This is not only a good gift idea for bird lovers (like me), but also for homebound/seniors that enjoy watching the birds.

Get a 12 inch long log off a birch tree branch (at least 8 to 10 inches wide in diameter). Drill a few 1-2 inch holes into the log and add a hook to the top to hang. These logs also make great centerpiece yule logs by placing the holes on one side and adding candles and greenery.

Homemade Suet

Instructions

Directions

  1. Soften lard and peanut butter in microwave, add other ingredients and mix. Don't make too sticky.
  2. Roll into tube-like shapes about 4-5 inches long.
  3. Freeze on a cookie tray in the freezer.
  4. After frozen, either wrap in waxed paper or you can insert the suet into the drilled holes in the logs. Or you may provide the frozen logs to the recipient and let them insert the suet into the logs and hang outside.

Woodpeckers and other birds will hang on and peck at it Great fun to watch!

Speaking of watching, if you know of a bird lover that does watch their feeders, inviting them to join the Feederwatch.org program would be a fun and useful program to get them involved in. We count how many birds come to our feeders during a time we choose to watch. It is for scientific study on our wildlife. The site to find out more is: http://www.feederwatch.org and is handled by Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Source: Feederwatch info from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Suet recipe from Lackawanna Sanctuary.

By BeBeEyes from Sterling, PA

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Sounds so simple. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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June 7, 2005 Flag
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Clean an empty 2 liter bottle. Replace the cap and cut a hole on the side close to the top. For a feeder, cut a hole on both sides of the bottle. Tie a shoe string around the neck of the bottle and tie on a sturdy branch. Fill the bottle with bird seed, or water for a bath.

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November 17, 2005 Flag
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I would like to put up a number of bird feeders this winter (got a fantastic deal on bird feed) and would like some ideas of building and making good feeders that are cheap and as "natural" looking as possible.

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January 31, 2000 Flag
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I remove the dead plants in the fall from my hanging plastic basket. I leave the soil in tact, and add seed over them. The birds love eating off my hanging basket while I watch. Sometimes 'mother' or 'father' stand guard while "family" eats away.

Photo of a hanging planter with a bird in it

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