I love songbirds, and I have several feeders in my yard. But I get bored with the same old stuff you find at the box stores… I love the idea of making bird feeders because it’s an easy project even for beginners, and also because I think it makes the connection with nature stronger when you have had a hand in it. And since I love things that are just a little bit unique, here are our top picks for creative DIY bird feeders that any gardener can make for their feathered buds. All of these have tutorials with great step by step instructions, and some of these would be fun to make as a family as well.


16 Unique & Creative DIY Bird Feeders


DIY Bird Feeders

Loving on this geometric DIY bird feeder from ‘Zest It Up‘. This was made with copper pipe, some 1×4’s, a terra cotta platter and a little  glue and rope!


These color block homemade bird feeders from ‘Handmade Charlotte‘ are made with clear mailing tubes and paint. Simple, not boring!


Is this adorable, or what? From ‘Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom‘, we love this fun and fresh bird feeder idea! Easy craft you can do with your kids, too! Video tutorial as well, in case you need a little more visual instruction. ;)


This Boho style DIY bird feeder is from ‘Vintage Revivals‘, and is made from just a few items around the house. And, it uses upcycled materials, so it’s earth friendly!


Use an old log or branch to create this suet bird feeder. Perfect for birds that cling to trees like chickadees, bluebirds and woodpeckers. Step by step tutorial (including suet recipe!) from ‘House of Hawthornes‘.


While we are talking logs, let’s check out this DIY bird feeder you can make from a log in less than 15 minutes! From ‘Suncatcher Studio‘, this tutorial even has a short video so you know exactly what you are doing here. Love the natural look of this feeder!


These bird feeder plans from ‘Lowes‘ have a bit of a “Frank Lloyd Wright” feel, and we love it! This one might take you a day to finish, but looks like a work of great architecture, but for the birds.


Make this DIY bird feeder for less than $4 and in 20 minutes with this tutorial from ‘100 Things 2 Do‘. Simple wooden feeder that anyone can make!


Love the hummingbirds? Us too! (In fact, visit our post on How to Attract Hummingbirds!) Make this DIY hummingbird feeder with this tutorial from ‘Lovely Indeed‘. I love how they chose a coral color for the macrame, hummingbirds would love that!


Here’s another project that uses a little bit of macrame (which seems to be making a come back). Delia at ‘Delia Creates‘, shows us how to make this super cool modern DIY Bird Feeder complete with a video tutorial.

Creative DIY Bird Feeders


Make a DIY mason jar bird feeder with these easy directions from ‘Country Chic Cottage‘. You can actually make this one in less than 10 minutes.


Only three ingredients are needed to make these easy DIY bird feeder cakes for your feathered friends. From ‘Wine & Glue‘ these also look pretty in your garden!


From Tonya at ‘Create Celebrate Explore‘, this popsicle stick DIY bird feeder is a great project to do with kids. Easy, fun, neat! Simple to follow directions and lots of photos for this tutorial.



Let ‘The Art of Doing Stuff‘ teach you how to make a bird feeder from glass shades. This project has a more modern vibe to it, and I really like how different they are from every other bird feeder. We’ve also seen these made using an embroidery hoop around the globe to hang from. This might have to go on our “to make” list!


We have featured projects from ‘The Garden Roof Coop‘ before, and this is why… these DIY glass bottle bird feeders look store bought, but they have a great tutorial and you won’t believe how easy it is! Love these! We’ve seen some really nice looking wine bottle bird feeders as well!

10 Creative DIY Bird Feeders


I really love this DIY bird feeder by ‘Erins Creative‘. Made with just a plate, bowl and some hardware, its cute as well as functional! Great tutorial at the site, jump over and check it out!


While we were researching this post, we came across a couple of bird feeders you can buy that we felt we just had to include here! So here they are!

I am always on the look out for unique bird feeders, and modern style feeders are really hard to find. The Mosaic bird feeder is made of metal, inexpensive, and really cool. If it goes to a general page that means it is out of stock. Browse for more options.

DIY Bird Feeders


The Gillan Covered Bridge bird feeder is really special, and definitely gift material. Fathers Day, birthdays or Christmas will be a win with this as a present! This bird feeder is hand crafted to last for years, has a copper slide out tray, and is large at 30”! This is a statement making garden piece. We are in love with this feeder! If out of stock, browse all of Wayfair’s Bird Feeders HERE.

DIY Bird Feeders

Try any one of these DIY Bird Feeders and put them in your garden today! (You’ll thank us!) We think you will also love our post on DIY Bird Bath ideas,  DIY Hummingbird Feeders & Nectar and Creative DIY Rain Chains! Also, check out our post on Indoor Vertical Garden Projects at our sister site, OhMeOhMy!

Tip: When feeding the birds in your area, don’t just buy “wild bird seed” in a mixed package. Most of those mixes contain filler seeds that just get tossed out by many birds. Also, if you take the time to learn what birds visit your yard (or which ones you want to visit) and what they like to eat, not only is there less waste, but more enjoyment for everyone. We get lots of finches at our house, so I use both thistle (their favorite) and black oil sunflower seed in our bird feeders. Sometimes, I mix them and sometimes use them alone. See what works best for you!

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  2. Chelle Thompson November 26, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing, awesome ideas! I like the mason jars, it looks different 🙂

  3. Samantha September 16, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    wow! this is so clever I’m gonna make that right now ,I’ve got my bottles next to me already 😍. thank you for sharing

  4. Ronda August 17, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I am going to try this bird feeder. It’s simple and all the materials are just around your house. Thanks for sharing your post.

  5. Elizabeth January 28, 2017 at 5:18 am

    I do not see the answer to a previous question. What is used at the bottom of the wine bottle bird feeder? Cute ideas but hoping for more detailed directions on each. Thanks!!

    1. Helen June 26, 2020 at 10:42 am

      It’s called a soda bottle feeder, meant to turn any soda bottle into a feeder

  6. Cheryl Ryan July 28, 2016 at 5:17 am

    Love the bird feeders and would like to make one myself ! Where in the world would I get an old chicken feeder ? ?

    1. Kathy Woodard September 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm

      Antique stores get them in all the time, or try Ebay!

    2. Jennifer Rambo April 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm

      Tractor supply stores have them for $3 .

    3. James Raymond November 24, 2019 at 6:52 am

      Farm country areas with junk shops, antique shops, collectors shops, ask around local farmers, research chicken farms gone by. J. R. New England

  7. PandoraFlora December 28, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Few designs remind me of fairy tales!!


  8. Olga November 4, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    None of the feeders show a catch (plate/tray) for the scattered seed that these feathery friends have a tendency to practice. I fastened a cookie tray under my feeder and now I have less clean up of seed and sunflower seed shells.

    1. Pat G August 31, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      you can also buy hulled seed for the birds, less waste and cleanup !

  9. Daniela Adams September 4, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I absolutely love the bird feeder on the first picture! It’s great to have a bird feeder and feed the birds, but it’s even better when bird feeders serve as decorations in your backyard or garden! I bought my first bird feeder this spring, and I just love that feeling of taking care of birds and making them happy :) I’ve been looking for more decorative bird feeders to put in my backyard!

  10. shannon May 11, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Great ideas.. I made the red and blue wine bottle feeders with twisted copper but not sure what to use to hold the feed?

  11. Liza Lopez June 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    lovely, useful & creative ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Elizabeth Sagarminaga April 21, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Very creative! I really love the DIY bird feeders that are sure to make your adorable feathered friends very happy, which is a fantastic idea.


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