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Wine Cork Bird Feeder

Updated on April 25, 2015

DIY Wine Bottle Cork Bird Feeder

Blue Jays and Red Cardinals love this feeder in the winter.
Blue Jays and Red Cardinals love this feeder in the winter. | Source

Materials You Will Need


145 corks

hot-melt glue gun

3-10 inch glue sticks.

coping saw

Build a Cork Bird Feeder

The bottom has 40 corks.
The bottom has 40 corks. | Source

How To Assemble Wine Cork Bird Feeder

The birdfeeder's base is 9 1/2 x 8 inches.

Step #1: You need 40 corks to build the base of the bird feeder. It is easier to build this bird feeder on a board the same size as the bottom. The board will also support the feeder when it is full of bird seed.

Make rows like the pattern shown and use your glue gun to seal up the cracks and glue the 40 corks together. I used two rows of 10 corks for the sides and two rows of four for the ends . Fill in the hole with two corks up and two corks across so the bird seed will hold fast onto the feeder when it is windy.





Build a Cork Bird Feeder

Cut corks off the size of the width of one cork..
Cut corks off the size of the width of one cork.. | Source
Setting in the railing and placing the up right roof supports.
Setting in the railing and placing the up right roof supports. | Source

Assembling The Railing

Step 2: You will need 18 corks to assemble the railing. The railing holds the birdseed in and allows the birds to land on the feeder.

First: Cut all the corks on the base edge in half and only halfway down into the cork. Then take the coping saw and cut all the pieces out. This will leave you with an outside edge like an L shape so the cork railing will fit into this groove snugly. The railing will hold better with no cracks so the bird seed won't blow away. See the Picture:

Second: Your railing is 5 corks glued end to end for the sides and 4 corks glued end to end for the front and back. If these rows of corks don't fit into each other on the ends simply cut them with the saw until they do and glue them into the groove you have sawed.

Third: Glue two corks together and repeat to make 6 upright posts to support the cork roof. Glue them snugly into the bottom and also glue them to the railing to make them more sturdy to support the cork roof.




Build a Cork Bird Feeder

Glue roof peak to one side of roof
Glue roof peak to one side of roof | Source
Adding left roof support
Adding left roof support | Source
Adding right roof support
Adding right roof support | Source
Up right roof posts -supports
Up right roof posts -supports | Source
Posts connecting to roof supports
Posts connecting to roof supports | Source
Posts connect to roof supports
Posts connect to roof supports | Source
All done. Hang outside or inside.
All done. Hang outside or inside. | Source

Assemble the Roof

You will need 75 corks to assemble the cork roof.

Step 1: Glue 10 corks together side to side. See Picture. Repeat 5 times To make 3 rows of corks. Then glue 3 of these rows together to form one side of the roof and repeat for the other side. See Pic:

Step 2: The peak of the roof is 5 corks glued end to end. Repeat 2 more times to make the other roof supports.

Step 3: Take one of the 5 cork rows and glue it to one side of the roof on a 45 degree angle. Then do the same for the other side. This will give you a peaked roof. See Pic:

Step 4: The five cork roof supports you made get glued near the bottom on each roof panel. See Pic:

Step 5: Take your glue gun and put a heavy bead of glue on the top of each roof post support on the base of your bird feeder. Lower the roof gently to these 6 posts and hold it there until glue dries.

The Bird Will Love This Cork Bird Feeder

Last Step: . Then turn entire bird feeder over and add extras glue to supports and under roof overhang. This will make it strong enough for the birds to land and enjoy their feeding. Place in your yard on top of a flat wood surface to fully support the bottom full of seed and enjoy your new bird friends.

TIP: You can reinforce all joints with a stronger glue. That is what I did so it is weather worthy. Enjoy your day and your new bird feeder.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I just love your cork crafts. This little birdhouse is so cute. I have got to do something with my corks...and I love these great reminders. Voting up+++ and pinning.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you for stopping by and making my day Carol. I appreciate all the pinning and sharing a lot.

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      galleryofgrace 4 years ago from Virginia

      This is an exceptional idea! Thank You. The corks will also last a long time in the weather.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      This is a pretty detailed tutorial! I love bird feeders, and it would be a good craft for anyone with wine corks. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @galleryofgrace Thank you and yes the corks will not rot in the weather.

      @ Kathryn Thank you and you are welcome. Have a great day venturing out.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful share and thank you very much . Voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      What a wonderful share and thank you very much . Voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Suzzycue, what a great idea ! To recycle the wine corks and build a useful bird feeder is awesome. Thanks for sharing this wonderful craft.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ Thanks a lot Eiddwen. The birds love it.

      @ Phyllis Doyle I appreciate your comment. Thank you. You can put suet in it also.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love how you build so many useful things out of wine corks. I am an avid bird feeder and would enjoy the challenge. Thank you for sharing..

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Have fun building your bird feeder Always and thank you for your comment. If the roof is too hard to build simply put a flat roof on and then you could build 3-4 stories all different sizes.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a great idea! Thank you for the instructions.

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank you BlossomSB. I hope you enjoy building your cork bird feeder.

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      Karen Robiscoe 4 years ago from California

      You ar one crafty lady! What say I drink the wine, send you the corks...hehehe. I bet the birds love it, and it is very clever and cute! A complete DIY! :)

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      Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Cheers and thank you CharronsChatter. That sounds like a great idea. You made my day with your comment. Have a great day:)

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