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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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Homemade Bird FeederHere 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.


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

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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.

On a cold winter day, a bird had its' leg tangled in the netting and could not get loose. It was a horrible sight to see and hear. Luckily, I was home and able to cut the netting to release the bird. It was so stressful for the bird, and also for me. Fortunately, it happened in an area that I was able to reach. We had several bags filled with suet high on tree branches that my husband hung and it would have been impossible for me to reach.

If I was not home to free the bird, it would have died from the cold or exhaustion, and its' leg would have definitely been broken since it was twisting and turning to free itself.

I see this idea used very often and I hope everyone reconsiders using these netted bags to feed the birds. It only happened once to me and after that incident, I would not ever want to take that chance again.

Use the wired cages to feed the birds. I have purchased them in dollar discount stores at times, and at the end of season in clearance at a reasonable price. Even at the full price, it is well worth the purchase since they do last a very long time.

The plastic netted bags can be reused for other ideas. You can ball them up and use for a scrubby or use them when you shop for your produce. I like to use the larger bags for what I call "throw-away" rags. I save old worn out articles of clothing that I cut into various sizes. I hang it so it is easy to find. When anyone has a messy clean up, and the rags are too dirty/greasy to wash, they use the "rag bag" and throw the rags away.

By mkymlp from PA

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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

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April 21, 20110 found this helpful

You might like to look at the following website: 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

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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.

View from the side.


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


  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!
Top down view of finished feeder.
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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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    May 2, 2012 Flag

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

    By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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    November 29, 2007 Flag
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    You do not need to throw away old gardening tools, this rake functions very well as a bird feeder.

    Old Rake As Bird Feeder

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    May 14, 2013 Flag
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    I had never made a bird house before but I got the inspiration one day, this is the result. I had some wood scraps I had laying around and some old license plates and some left over paint.

    License Plate Bird House

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    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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    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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    November 17, 2005 Flag
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    Q: 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. Can you help?

    Brenda from Beaverdam, Virginia

    A: Brenda,

    Different species of birds have different ways of feeding, just like they have different food preferences. To attract the widest variety of birds, you'll want hanging or platform feeders, a ground feeder and a feeder filled with suet.

    I'm an advocate of using recycled items for bird feeders (like plastic milk jugs, pie tins and scrap lumber). An easy and inexpensive way to make the non-natural look natural is to use silicone glue to add bits of moss, lichen, bark, stones, twigs, etc., to the outside of the feeder.

    Suet Feeders:

    Drill 1" to 1 1/2" wide holes into a 6" to 8" long log that is 1 to 2 inches in diameter. Drill the holes completely through. If you want to add perches, drill smaller holes below the large holes to insert dowels. Secure the dowel perches with wood glue. Attach an eye hook to one end of the long for hanging and fill the large holes with suet.

    For another easy suet feeder, fill a small onion sack or fruit sack with suit and hang.

    Hanging Feeders:

    Take a coffee can (with a lid) and using a bottle opener, punch three to four holes near the bottom of the can. Place the can on top of a saucer (like the type put under plant pots) and center both the can and saucer on top of a small block of wood. You're going to attach the saucer to the can by drilling a small hole through the center of the bottom of the can, and through the center of the saucer and screwing them into the block of wood. You can punch holes near the top of the can and attach a coat hanger to hang it from, or secure the can to a post. The lid will make it easy to fill and keep the birdseed from getting wet.

    With scraps of wood and a small piece of window screen, you can make a simple ground feeder. Nail together a rectangle frame and staple screen across the frame for the bottom. Attach a 1-2 inch leg on each corner of the frame. This will keep the feeder slightly off the ground to let water drain out. This is really all you need for a ground feeder. To convert this to a hanging feeder, skip the legs and attach an eye hook to each corner so you can secure ropes or small chains for hanging. If you want to make a roof, drill holes in each corner and insert dowel rods (use wood glue). For a flat roof, simply attach a piece of plywood with nails to each dowel. For a pitched roof, attach two pieces of wood together with L-brackets. Drill shallow holes in the roof at the four corners to attach the roof to the dowels.

    Other natural looking feeders that work well are hollow gourds and citrus halves, and pine cones rolled in peanut butter and birdseed.

    By Ellen Brown

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    December 8, 20050 found this helpful

    has patterns for making gazebo style bird feeders like the one in the picture.

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    February 17, 20060 found this helpful

    I have made a log suet feeder out of well, a log :D

    Any size log will likely work, but the one I used was small tree that someone else cut down (I don't condone killing trees).

    Simply bore out several holes within the log and then a smaller hole below the larger one to put pegs in. (A rough bark log will likely not need perches though).

    Fill in the large holes with Suet and hang from a pole or nearby tree...

    Some wide angle shots of my suet feeder

    A close up of the holes...

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    December 21, 2007 Flag
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    Birch log with two red candles in drilled holes.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



    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 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: 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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    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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    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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