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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 Creative DIY Rain Chains! Also, check out our post on Indoor Vertical Garden Projects at our sister site, OhMeOhMy!
Note : This post has been freshened with updated projects.
Image Credits: Suncatcher Studio, Zest It Up, Handmade Charlotte, Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Vintage Revivals, House of Hawthornes, Lowes, 100 Things 2 Do, Lovely Indeed, Delia Creates, Country Chic Cottage, Wine & Glue, Create Celebrate Explore, Garden Roof Coop, Erins Creative