If you want more desirable birds in your yard, the first thing you need to do is attract them. There are various feeders you can buy get different kinds of birds, but the cost can add up, which isn’t ideal for novice backyard bird watchers.
Consider making your own feeder instead! These DIY bird feeder projects are a fun way to liven up your yard for much less than you’d spend to get a quality feeder in the store.
Attract Unusual Birds Using Half an Orange
This three-ingredient bird feeder adds both design and function to your yard. For added interest, take the other halve of the orange and hang slices at varying levels, which will attract more orioles and mockingbirds. Just be sure to pick up and discard anything that hasn’t been eaten after a week or two.
- Half an orange
Turn Birdseeds Into an Ornament Feeder
The great thing about this project is that the ornaments make inexpensive decorations and gifts. This is also a fun DIY to tackle with children. Get creative and try making different shapes and sizes. You can also use a similar technique to cover a pinecone.
- Corn syrup
- Twine or rope
Repurpose an Empty Bottle
This DIY bird feeder is a little more involved, but it is also much longer lasting than the first two projects. Just beware of placement. Depending on where you put the feeder and your neighborhood, you might attract some unwanted creatures like squirrels or rats.
- Empty bottle
- Poplar Hobby Board
- Wood Glue
- Miscellaneous Tools
Make Suet Cakes for Winter Song Birds
It’s vital to help birds survive a long winter. This style of feeder attracts clingers like woodpeckers, but most any bird that’s hungry enough and hasn’t migrated will be attracted to this ornamental feeder come wintertime.
- Dried fruit
- Bundt pan
Create a Birdseed Tower Using Mesh Hardware Cloth
This project turns out much like a typical tower feeder you would buy in the store but for a fraction of the cost.
- Terracotta saucers
- Mesh hardware cloth
- Vinyl coated wire rope
- Ferrule and stop set
- Zip ties
- Pliers, drill, and wire cutters
Reimagine Old China Pieces
This whimsical bird feeder is one of the easier projects to make and is a great way to upcycle vintage teacups that you otherwise wouldn’t use. If you don’t have any already, head to a local antique shop or flea market to find one for around $5. Anything more expensive than that might be too collectible to use in a feeder like this.
- Teacup and saucer
- Ceramic glue
- Bird feeder hanger
Transform an Old Milk Carton
This bird feeder is inexpensive and fun because of the neverending possibilities. Just be sure to clean out the carton well before you attempt to paint the exterior. Also, paint the carton before you cut out the center hole so you don’t get any paint on the inside.
- Milk carton
- Dried branches
Make This Simple Bird Feeder Using Grapevines
This traditional style bird feeder works as a lovely piece of outdoor decor. However, depending on the number of birds you have in your yard, you may be filling it often.
- Grapevine nest
- Grapevine wreath
- Floral wire
- Ribbon or jute
Brush Up On Your Woodworking With This Feeder
This DIY project looks like it could be a birdhouse, but it’s actually meant to be a feeder that is difficult for squirrels to get into.
- Cedar board
- Wood glue
- Wood screws
- Miter saw
- All-weather caulking