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Do You Know How To Make A Bird Feeder?

Updated on July 10, 2017

Making A Bird Feeder Is A Creative Way To Help Mother Nature

There are so many ways to make bird feeders and many of them include using recycled or repurposed items which I love. Giving something another life purpose as well as helping out the birds is a double bonus for me.

I am always on the lookout for fun craft projects that I can do with my little grandson when he is older and teaching him how to make a bird feeder will be so rewarding!

I've gathered several different projects and ways to make a bird feeder and am sharing them with you here so that you can enjoy them yourself or have fun with your little ones.

There are some interesting links to further your research and there is even a printable recipe for making a coconut shell bird feeder!

Image Courtesy of Disney Family Fun

Recycled Milk Carton Bird Feeder - How To Make A Bird Feeder Tutorial

Repurposed Bird Feeder
Repurposed Bird Feeder

This adorable bird feeder tutorial would be very easy for kids of all ages to make. A little paint, some popsicle sticks, some imagination and there you have it!

I'm definitely saving the instructions for this one as I know it would be very easy to trace some coloring book characters onto an empty milk or juice carton and then to paint them in.

The image and instructions can be found at Disney Family Fun.

Very Easy Pretzel Bird Feeder - Make an Edible Bird Feeder

Easy Pretzel Birdfeeder
Easy Pretzel Birdfeeder

This edible bird feeder project would be ideal for little ones to have fun with. Probably a good idea to have some extra munchies for the crafters as well as the birds while making this one!

The recipe in this link only mentions one type of seed but I think you could cover this bird feeder with pretty much any type of bird feed or food that birds love. Consider using a mixture of sunflower seeds, oats, millet, sesame seeds or chopped peanuts. Varying the size of the feed will attract different types of birds to your feeder.

If you want to make this easy bird feeder you can find the Image and Instructions at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

Books To Inspire Birdfeeding

The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible: The A-to-Z Guide To Feeders, Seed Mixes, Projects And Treats (Rodale Organic Gardening Book)
The Backyard Bird Feeder's Bible: The A-to-Z Guide To Feeders, Seed Mixes, Projects And Treats (Rodale Organic Gardening Book)

A popular Rodale guide for helping you to learn which plants and fruits attract which birds, projects to make, and different types of treats to whip up for your bird friends. This book is arranged in alphabetical order making it easier to navigate.


How To Make A Bird Feeder Videos - From The Simple To The More Elaborate

Here are several video demonstrations for how to make your own bird feeders.

Click on any video to watch!

How-to - A Milk Carton Bird Feeder.

Part 1 - How to make a squirrel proof bird feeder.

How-to - Bird feeder using old wood.

Recycling plastic bottles and making bird feeders.

Different Styles of bird feeders.

Tutorial for making a milk carton bird feeder.

How to make a pine cone bird feeder.

Another pine cone bird feeder.

How-to make a plastic jug bird feeder.

How To Make Your Own Bird Houses And Feeders - Using Readily Available Materials

Make Your Own Birdhouses & Feeders (Quick Starts for Kids!)
Make Your Own Birdhouses & Feeders (Quick Starts for Kids!)

This educational book is suitable for ages 9 to 12 years old and shares how to care for many different wild birds and the types of food they are attracted to. She also shows the types of feeders and shelter the different types of birds prefer while giving instructions on how to make several types of feeders, bird houses, and recipes for different bird feed.


Chicken Egg Shells Help Wild Birds - Who Knew?

Egg Shell
Egg Shell

As I was researching and looking for different wild bird feed recipes, I came across an interesting way to attract many birds is by laying out chicken egg shells for them to eat.

When reading why, it makes sense. It seems that the female birds are in high need to replenish their calcium supplies after laying their eggs and when you put out chicken egg shells, they pounce on them!

You will need to read this article to find out Exactly How to prepare the shells if you wish to do this by visiting the article at There are also other ways to supplement calcium for wild birds listed in this article.

Apparently you aren't supposed to just toss them out for feeding time. There are a few simple steps that you need to take.

Image Courtesy of psyberartist

Coconut Shell Bird Feeders
Coconut Shell Bird Feeders

I came across this wild bird feed recipe below on Mother Earth News.

There are 4 recipes at the above link for wild bird feed and you can print them as well. These recipes were derived from "Bird Food Recipes", by Rhonda Massingham Hart. It's a short and interesting article that talks about just how much your wild bird friends need to eat every day to help carry them through the winter.

There is also a nice article at GreenSideUpVeg that shares how they made their Coconut Shell Bird Feeders. Their article addresses how they dealt with the coconut in the shells.

Image Courtesy of GreenSideUpVeg.


  • 3 parts Suet or Lard
  • 1 part Cornmeal
  • 1 part Peanut Butter
  • 1 part Brown Sugar
  • 1 part Raisins or Dried Cherries or Dried Cranberries
  • 1 part Mixed Seed or broken Nuts
  • A sprinkling of Sand
  • 1 or more Coconuts split in half


  1. **Before Beginning**
  2. -Split the coconuts in half and attach string or wire to the shells for hanging.
  3. -You will probably want to use a drill to make holes in the coconut shells to attach the wire or string to.
  4. -The recipe does not say whether to use Green Coconuts or Brown Coconuts and whether to clean the coconut meat out first. The link above talks about how they made theirs to get ideas.
  5. **Making The Bird Feed Mixture**
  6. -Melt suet then allow to cool.
  7. -Re-melt and stir in all other ingredients.
  8. -Stir until mixture thickens.
  9. -Thin with a small amount of water or milk if needed.
  10. -Thicken with a small amount of flour if too thin.
  11. -Divide mixture between the coconut halves.
  12. -Hang the coconut feeders where you can observe the wild birds feeding and Enjoy!

Breakfast Birdfeeder - How To Make A Breakfast Bird Feeder

Breakfast Bird Feeder
Breakfast Bird Feeder

Why not feed your birdy friends when you have breakfast as well!

This fun breakfast bird feeder is super easy and will give your kids an added incentive to finish breakfast so they can share some food with their little bird friends.

The image and instructions can be found at Busy Bee Kids Crafts.

Recycled Materials Bird Feeder - Easy How-To Bird Feeder Instructions

Repurposed Bird Feeder
Repurposed Bird Feeder

I love when we can use recycled materials in our craft projects! Not sure why that gives me such a good feeling but it truly does.

This very easy and cute bird feeder is crafted from a toilet paper holder and I think it looks much better in it's repurposed life. I'm thinking that paper towel rolls could be cut in half and used as well.

You can find more photos and directions for this very easy and cute bird feeder at The Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

Easy Recipe For Making A Bird Feeder - Homemade Bird Feeder

Homemade Bird Feeder
Homemade Bird Feeder

What a fun and simple idea this bird feeder is! This is definitely one that would be easy for your little ones to help with.

They almost look like Christmas trees to me. I can see adding some red cranberries or cherries as well which would make them look even more like Christmas trees!

To get the whole recipe and the very easy instructions, visit Betty Crocker.

Making a Very Simple and Easy Bird Feeder - Bagel Bird Feeder

Very Easy Bagel Bird feeder
Very Easy Bagel Bird feeder

This bird feeder tutorial sounds so simple and Easy! As long as your little one can hold something and smear things on it, they should be able to make this very easy Bagel Bird Feeder.

I'm picturing these hanging in tree branches around the yard to give a very Winter Holidays feel to the outside of your home.

Visit the How To Make A Bird Feeder Using A Bagel article to read how it's all done!

I hope after reading this article that you have several ideas for building your own bird feeders! I love your comments and you may respond whether you are a member or not. :)

Are You Inspired to Make Your Own Bird Feeder Now?

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      sierradawn lm 3 years ago

      You have so many new and delightful ideas here! A very inspiring lens!

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      cmeverything 4 years ago

      haha - so much better than the bird feeder I tried to make. I'll try again - thanks :)

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      You are very creative, I love your great ideas, very useful Lens, thank you so much and have fun with your grandchildren!

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      Wayne Rasku 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I feed the birds around my house.. They are a great source of entertainment outside our kitchen window. I have two homemade feeders and a manufactured one.

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      Rick King 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

      It would be much more interesting to make a bird feeder as opposed to buying. Thanks for the ideas.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I was considering buying one but now I think I'll just make one.

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      sharadkgupta lm 4 years ago

      You give me an idea to make a good bird feeder so simple .

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I've been wanting to buy a couple bird feeders but you have inspired me to make them. Thanks for sharing.

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I love the bagel and pretzel feeder ideas. So easy to do.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We have lots in our cottage and I think it is very important to feed the birds in the spring when there are yet not much food for them. We stop early in the Fall not to encourage them to stay.

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Awesome! really unique and very useful lens. Thanks for the information by teaching through this lens that how to make bird feed own your own. This year, because many birds and squirrels come to my garden, so I put seed for them. I was not having bird feeder, so what I did I started to put seeds on the ground and now every day they come and eat from the same place. I watch them while eating and thy look so cute. Now I can think to make my own bird feeder too.

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      You've got some really awesome ideas for making your own bird feeders here - will return!! Merry Christmas and Happy New year :)

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      Spikey64 5 years ago

      You have built a fantastic lens here I really enjoyed my visit and have got lots of ideas for adding to my existing collection of bird feeders. Thanks.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      There is a custom to have a bird feeder along with a water pot most of the houses in my village. Different people use whatever is handy.

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      coolaunt 5 years ago

      I really like this lens and I often make bird feeders with kids so this gives me some new ideas. Thanks.

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      great lens

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      gaser983 5 years ago

      Nicely done! Squidlike

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Nice assortment of bird feeders that look fun to make. Angel blessings.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are all very doable. Cute ideas! Kids would love making these, hanging them, then watching the birds feast!

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      JakeAnderson 5 years ago

      Great lens :-). Really helpful

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The breakfast bird feeder is fabulous! I can't wait to do this with some future grandkids too. :)

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      @anonymous: Great tips Eileen! Thank you. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We all need to be careful when putting food out for birds. Make sure the seed does not get wet as it will soon go mouldy and this is not good for them.

      Freshly shooted seed is great for them although this needs to be put out and then taken away. Do not leave out all day.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      These are fantastic feeders. I love the wooden spoons in the first feeder. Very cute. There are a couple I'm going to try.

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      great lens I will be doing some with my granddaughter

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      Stanley Green 5 years ago from Czech Republic

      Very interesting ideas. This winter I will certainly use some of them. Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love these ideas of making bird feeders yourself, they are so simple and yet very effective.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      I like these ideas for adding some variety to our bird food offerings. We've been attracting some very pretty birds lately, including the wild parrots that are legend in nearby Pasadena. I do put eggshells out and they disappear. Now I know why.

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      Some really cool and unique feeders here! I'll be trying some of these over the winter to give the birds some variety...thanks

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Very cool ideas. Made one years ago. Might have to try again.

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      Laura Hofman 5 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very creative ideas here! Thank you for the great suggestions!

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      esichrissa 5 years ago

      i like birds and i like like like this lens. very creative ...and the chicken egg? hahhahahha

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      These are some great ideas that I will try. Maybe I can distract the wild birds from my chicken feed. Thanks!

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      rallo-smith 5 years ago

      Great ideas thanks for sharing.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      Watching the birds feeding can be so much fun, as long as the pesky squirrels stay away.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Great ideas! I plant sunflowers for the birds and then "refill" the flower heads with peanutbutter and seeds when the birds have picked them clean of the sunflower seeds that grew there.

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      kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      We sometimes cover a toilet paper roll with peanut butter and roll it in seeds and string it up with a string through the middle of the tube. Birds seem to like it.