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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. Alicia a Leslie says:

    This is so awesome. Will be doing this with my kids.

  2. Shawna O. says:

    I Like to brighten my garden with different kinds of planters, flowers, garden signs, bird feeders and bird baths for the spring! I also love comfy chairs and cute functional tables so we can hang out in the garden and enjoy the flowers and vegetables and the birds, bees, butterflies and whatever else comes into our garden. I Love your DIY birdfeeder as it is so cute and pretty easy to make being no tools necessary! Thank you for sharing this great post on how to make this super cute bird feeder and for this wonderful giveaway! I hope you have an Amazing Spring!

  3. Penny Phillips says:

    It’s the time of the year to clean up the yard, trim sharps and plant flowers. I can’t wait to do this project. The colorful birdhouses will brighten up the yard. I love bird watching.

  4. Cynthia Gaarder says:

    I have my kids paint rocks to make my garden my own 🙂

  5. Jessica Staley says:

    This would be so much fun to make as a family project. We recently moved into a new house now I’ve got to get it spring and summer ready. I want a flower garden and a veggie garden.

  6. Candace Galan says:

    My husband I love making birdhouses

  7. I love doing crafts and these little birdhouses are super cute! Gorilla glue has so many great uses.

  8. Danielle Papsis says:

    Gorilla Glue is Elmer’s glue of the craft world!

  9. I am planning on installing a birdfeeder on a pole in the front yard later this month. Interesting read.

  10. super creative! thanks for the tips.

  11. Jennifer Alford says:

    i think bird feeders are a must in the spring and summer because all the birdies have to eat and i love watching them come up to the porch and eat <3

  12. Jennifer Keating says:

    I honestly don’t have a garden, no room where I live, but my mom has one and she LOVES birdhouses! This is so cute!!

  13. RUTH UTTERBACK says:

    great project for kids and parents

  14. Brighting up the yard with new paint. And having my kids make decorations

  15. I’m planning on cleaning up the area where I keep my birdfeeders this weekend. Planting flowers and building a rock wall around the garden. I enjoy watching the birds come to the feeders and birdhouses.

  16. Cheryl Alexander says:

    I so woild love to make these beautiful birdhouses! I have a front porch area that would be perfect for these.

  17. Patty Gabbard says:

    This s beautiful

  18. Tonya Mcminn says:

    Would love to add these in my backyard!!

  19. Anita Jude says:

    I like to make it colorful by using different sizes of rocks and colorful pots in my flower garden

  20. A cute DIY that kids can do

  21. Bea friesen says:

    I always kick off spring by hanging colourful lights on my deck and putting my decorative garden pieces out in the frint flower bed.

  22. Robyn Wiggins says:

    These are so adorable!

  23. Nikki bankert says:

    Thanks for the chance.