Birdwatching is a popular pastime and it’s a great way to connect with nature right in your backyard, even if your backyard is small. Creating a space that’s inviting to birds isn’t hard to do. Simply provide food and the birds will come! These easy DIY bird feeders are beautiful and creative and will attract lots of birds.
12 Easy DIY Bird Feeders (with Tutorials)
DIY Recycled Bird Feeder (from Needlepointers)
Have you been wondering what to do with your collection of mismatched vintage dishware? This DIY Recycled Dish Bird Feeder is a fun and unique addition to any garden. Not only does it provide a colorful spot for birds to dine, but it’s a great way to upcycle old household items!
No old dishes on hand? Grab some cheap or free from a local yard sale or thrift store. Visit Needlepointers for step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial.
Citrus Bird Feeder (from Confessions of an Over-Worked Mom)
Speaking of upcycling – this eco-friendly bird feeder uses fruit to hold bird feed! You were going to throw away those citrus peels anyway, weren’t you? Well don’t! Let the bright colors attract beautiful birds instead.
Pinecone Birdseed Feeders (from Seek Adventures Blog)
Pinecone birdseed feeders are easy to make and will attract a variety of birds to your backyard. This is a fun project that many kids love to do (with parent supervision, of course).
DIY Oriole Feeders (from The Homespun Hydrangea)
Orioles aren’t crazy about birdseed, which is why having an oriole feeder with either oranges or jelly is ideal. As you can imagine, most traditional bird feeders don’t hold either of these things, so you need to buy an oriole feeder or make your own. Learn how to make two different feeders for less than a few bucks.
Birdseed Ornaments (from Fireflies and Mud Pies)
This three-ingredient, corn-syrup-free recipe for birdseed ornaments is easy to make. Use a variety of cookie cutter shapes to add some fun to your backyard bird sanctuary.
Have a bird-loving family member? These birdseed ornaments are easy to wrap in tissue paper and make a wonderful gift for the holidays!
Check out our garden bench tutorial and have a comfy place to sit for bird watching!
DIY Tea Cup Bird Feeder (from CraftBits)
Here’s another way to use up old or mismatched dishes. Make this dainty and cute bird feeder and invite your feathered friends to tea!
Plastic Dishware Bird Feeder (from DIY Candy)
Learn how to make a bird feeder using plastic dishware! This DIY bird feeder tutorial offers two options: one hanging and one for a planter pot.
Suet Feeder (from Dukes and Duchesses)
Use scrap wood and supplies from your garage to make a simple suet feeder for your backyard birds. Paint it to match your home or leave the wood bare. This one makes a great beginner DIY project for your little apprentice carpenters!
Coffee Mug Bird Feeder (from Ann’s Entitled Life)
This is the easiest garden craft project you will ever do! Add a touch of whimsy to your garden decor with this simple coffee mug bird feeder craft. A fast and inexpensive craft project, learn to make your own coffee mug bird feeder with this simple step by step tutorial.
This wooden hanging plant stand will be another beautiful addition to your back yard!
Mason Jar Bird Feeder (from Coffee with Us 3)
We always seem to have extra mason jars (or even empty spaghetti sauce jars) lying around don’t we? Put them to good use! Create a country-chic bird feeder using a mason jar, a galvanized chicken feeder and some wire.
Rainbow Popsicle Stick Bird Feeder (from Grace, Giggles and Naptime)
Another fun project that the kids will love to do with a little help from mom or day. Heat up the glue gun and grab your craft sticks! Add a splash of color to your backyard with this simple popsicle stick craft.
Cedar Branch Bird Feeder (from Dukes and Duchesses)
Want to create a bird feeder that blends in with your yard instead of standing out? This natural looking DIY bird feeder is easily made with just a cedar log and a hook. Hang the bird feeder in a tree and wait for cardinals, woodpeckers, sparrows, and chickadees to come calling!
Natural Bird Feeder (from Daisies and Pie)
Making a natural bird feeder for the garden is a really lovely activity to do with children. This bird feeder is really simple to make and looks great in the garden. This example uses a squash but you could also use pumpkin, cantaloupe, or watermelon depending on the season.
Let the kids explore their creative side and have them decorate the squash too!