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Make an Easy DIY Bird Feeder (no tools needed)

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Make a Bird Feeder for your garden!  

No tools 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, lol.) 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 Sponsoring this post!

gorilla glue crafts

Gorilla Glue® has a new Clear Formula that’s perfect for projects in which you don’t want any glue showing.  (Like adhering glass to metal, use on mirrors or any other project where you don’t want visible glue.)  The best part is the Clear Gorilla Glue® dries crystal clear, is non-foaming and water resistant.  It’s easy to use is incredibly strong and bonds to virtually anything!

Since we are painting the bird feeder such pretty bright colors, we didn’t want any glue showing where we attached the little birdhouses or the L brackets.  Clear Gorilla Glue® doesn’t foam or expand as it cures, making it the perfect 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
  • 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 were the L brackets are going to go and glue 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 recommended time on the Gorilla Glue® instructions.

diy bird feeder

Step four: run a piece of twine or string through the holes of the L brackets and tie into a square knot, adding a dot of Clear Gorilla 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 start to bloom in the comment section below!

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122 Comments

  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.

  17. I put out a giant 6 ft metal flower! It’s metallic blue so even if it’s a while before real flowers bloom, I still have something pretty to look at.

  18. We love feeding the birds. This project is so cute and we have a protected area to hang it. Thanks!

  19. Our birds would love this! We’ve been getting cardinals and chickadees for the last month, and an occasional tiny parula.

  20. Jenn Turner says:

    Looks like a fun project to do with my little kids

  21. Sharon Aurora says:

    We had a hummingbird feeder. It was so nice watching them come to the feeder. It became a very busy place. But then the wind knocked it down and we haven’t put it back up yet.

  22. Emily Adams says:

    I think this idea is so cute! My girls will love it, they love birdhouses and they can help paint it! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  23. Angel Shearl says:

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    I love this diy project. My son loves bird and this is perfect for him.

  24. Tiffany Kinard says:

    Such a cute idea! I got a hummingbird feeder for Christmas,so I’m excited to put that out. I also can’t wait to plant flowers and work out some projects outdoors that I’ve been wanting to finish.

  25. SARAH RAINWATER says:

    I love this!

  26. jaime lynn says:

    Awesome I’m going to make one of these for my garden!!!

  27. Patty Hancock says:

    I love this idea. I always feed my little feathered friends and this is adorable.

  28. Lisa strat says:

    Love home depot and wouod love to make a bird house dyi is for me and family fun

  29. Dawn Waddington says:

    I love these projects they are fun and ;you can include kids in the project. Very cool. Thanks for the sharing.

  30. Nikki bankert says:

    I can’t wait to try and make one.

  31. Oh I love these, might be a project for my students

  32. Debbie Beck says:

    After Cleaning out the dead and dried up “debris” from the winter months I always brighten up the yard with Colorful Metal Solar Lights and ornamental outdoor accessories….even the front of my house gets New or updated Decorations with LOTS of Color to make them “pop” right along with the flowers that are starting to bloom. I want my yard to be a bright, colorful and happy spot on the block for everyone to enjoy that passes by..

  33. Gina Lopez says:

    My granddaughter and I would love to work on this project.. so easy and fun!

  34. Becky VanGinkel says:

    Our favorite way to brighten up our garden is by letting our kids paint the rocks around our rock garden! We also put in fun little hard ornaments!

  35. Tracie Duffield says:

    Oh Wow..This Would Be So Very Nice Thankyou For The Oppurtunity..God

    Bless…

  36. Angela Nichols says:

    I like to make bright, decorative signs to go in the yard and I always spruce up my mailbox.

  37. melanie huttner says:

    What a fun project!!!

  38. Rhonda Grisham says:

    Love this! So colorful and unique. My feathered friends need this.

  39. stella methvin says:

    What a fabulous craft to do with the grandkids. Thanks for the idea.

  40. Susan Thevenard says:

    I like to put in a garden and tidy up the yard. We’ve been wanting a new bird feeder.