Make an Easy DIY Bird Feeder (no tools needed)

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Make a Bird Feeder for your garden!  

No tools are needed for this easy DIY Bird Feeder craft – just a bit of glue, paint, and supplies from the craft store.  

If you’ve been reading for a while you probably know we sold our long-time home, last year. One of the things I miss most about the old house is the little side garden area we called the “bird sanctuary”.

We gave the area that name kind of as a joke, as it wasn’t very fancy looking, (we’ll call it rustic, lol) but the name stuck.  )

The garden had several bird feeders, a bubbling fountain plus tons of colorful (deer resistant) flowers that always attracted butterflies.  I loved sitting out on the porch watching all of the different birds throughout the day – Cardinals, Lesser Goldfinches, Red House Finches and best of all we had a couple of Painted Buntings that visited all the time!

Needless to say, I’ve really been missing my birds! 

Hubby loved them too; in fact, he got permission from our current landlord to install a small flower garden in the backyard of our rental and in the final months of the summer last year, it was so pretty. Full of purple Salvia, yellow Lantana, and red Fire Bush- everything bloomed like crazy all the way through the first of November.

After a long cold winter, our new little flower garden is looking pretty sad.  The Knock Out Roses and Crepe Myrtle are coming back but it looks like the freeze got everything else and will need to be replanted. 

The weather is warming up and I’ve been seeing some bird activity, so it’s definitely time to get bird feeders up.

homemade bird feeder

My lil missy and I were brainstorming different ways we could dress up the garden for spring since it’s still too early for the flowers to bloom.  Both kids love spotting and identifying all the different birds too, so we decided to make our own colorful DIY bird feeder to attract more birds this year.

diy bird feeder

Simple, no tools needed, bird feeder:

I don’t really like to mess with tools, (I leave that to the hubby.) So I knew our DIY Bird Feeder needed to be something easy we could put together with just a bit of glue and paint.  

After browsing around at Home Depot and various craft stores, we decided to use the dollar birdhouses and paint them bright colors to help liven up the area and hopefully attract more birds.

When it came to the glue, we needed something that was really strong, would hold up to the outside elements, and would dry clear. Shout out to Gorilla Glue for sending me the glue I used in this bird feeder craft!

gorilla glue crafts

Since we are painting the bird feeder with such pretty bright colors, we didn’t want any glue showing where we attached the little birdhouses or the L brackets.  Clear Gorilla Glue® dries clear and is water resistant so it is a great choice for this project.

Ready to make a bird feeder?

How to make a DIY Bird Feeder

Supplies needed:

  • Birdhouses (you can find a variety of little wooden birdhouses and the craft store for anywhere from $1 to $5, depending on the size)
  • Clear Gorilla Glue®
  • Paint – Look for a nontoxic, no VOC, water-based paint.
  • foam brushes
  • Flat tray with lip for the birdhouses to sit on (an old baking tray, picture frame or wooden tray from the craft store)
  • L brackets (if you plan to hang the bird feeder from a hook)
  • String or twine

how to make a bird feeder

Step 1: Paint birdhouse(s) and tray.  Let paint dry.

Step 2: Mark where the L brackets will go and glue them to the bottom of the tray.  Let dry.

how to make a bird feeder

Step 3: Add glue to the bottom of the birdhouse(s) and press firmly into place on the tray.  Let Dry (according to the recommended time on the glue instructions.)

diy bird feeder

Step four: run a piece of twine or string through the holes of the L brackets and tie it into a square knot, adding a dot of glue to secure the knot. Let dry.

easy bird feeder craft

That’s it, you are done.  Hang your bird feeder and watch the birds eat!

bird feeder craft

Now it’s your turn!  Share your favorite way to brighten up your garden before the flowers bloom in the comment section below!

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  1. Grandkids will enjoy this, especially the bright colors.

  2. Rebecca Boukikaz says:

    I like to hang bird feeders and use other lawn art around the pots to make it look nice.

  3. Christina Z says:

    I love these bird houses! Such a fun craft and not a lot of money! I cant wait to make this with my nephew and daughter. Thanks for the chance!

  4. Rachael simmons says:

    I. Would love to make this with my 6 yr old daughter. She loves arts and crafts.

  5. Heather m says:

    This is a great way to add a pop of color.

  6. Rosanne Clark says:

    I like to make wind chimes from old kitchen utensils and colorful beads to hang outdoors – love this idea 🙂

  7. Chloe Mossa says:

    I would love to do this with my son and daughter!!

  8. Kayla Klontz says:

    This would be so fun to do with my kids!

  9. Great easy project to do with the kids. I need to get this Gorilla Glue!

  10. Super cute and so easy! Thanks…
    I have a new deco flag and some awesome colored pots waiting for this year’s annuals to be planted..so they are our color for now?

  11. I will be making this project with my 5 yr old grandson this summer. Thank you for the wonderful idea and instructions.

  12. Antonia G. says:

    Perfect project for my kiddos! They love watching the birds in the yard, making something like this will definitely attract more!

  13. I’m thinking of updating our garden fence with a fresh coat of paint this year.

  14. Rebekah Homer says:

    This is a cute project. Fun being able to use a glue that won’t expand.

  15. I add colorful hanging baskets amid the bushes in a raised garden. I also have a couple of fun painted wooden planters (wheelbarrow, bridge), a gnome, hand painted stepping stones, and a few cute frogs!

  16. My little nephew and of course his family just moved into a new house. I will have to help him to make this for the back yard.