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.
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
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!
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!
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.
A birdfeeder (or birdbath) can be made easily using a large glass lid, a wire clothes hanger, some string, and grape vines.
I think the bird feeder is a neat idea. It is also very pretty. I vote yes.
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
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.
You do not need to throw away old gardening tools, this rake functions very well as a bird feeder.
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.
By Jackie from Salisbury, MD
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!
Try Craigslist.com It is free.
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.
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.
Try Alene's tacky glue.
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.
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.
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.
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
Sounds so simple. Can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!
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.
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.
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.