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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 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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122 Comments

  1. melanie huttner says:

    What a fun project!!!

  2. Rhonda Grisham says:

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

  3. stella methvin says:

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

  4. Susan Thevenard says:

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

  5. Paula Gillespie says:

    My favorite way to brighten up my garden is by adding cute metal flowers and solar lights. I also put out cute bird feeders and hummingbird feeders. In addition, I like to have a windsock/flag out that is cute in my flower garden. All this adds color and makes them look pretty. Thanks for the chance

  6. Jennifer Davis says:

    Perfect craft for spring! Our summer break starts in May so this an awesome craft to do with my daughter

  7. Lana Simanovicki says:

    I like making humming bird feeders

  8. Angela Adelman says:

    Thank you for sharing this idea. It is something so easy to do with the kids. Thank you also for the giveaway.

  9. candace estelle says:

    we use this all the time this is a great idea

  10. Michelle Carlino says:

    This is definitely going to be a cute.Weekend project to do to brighten up the yard. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Brandy Burkett says:

    This is so cute!

  12. Kimberly Snyder says:

    What a cute project! Simple and inexpensive,

  13. This is a great project for my twins

  14. Beth Embrey says:

    I let my grand kids each paint one rock, big or small, to look like an animal of their choice. So in addition to a flower garden we have an animal rock garden and the kids LOVE it.

  15. Carla Wolf says:

    What a cute idea! My elderly neighbor would love this for her backyard. She has the most wonderful birds and butterflies there. I have a new project…..Thanks for sharing.!

  16. Derrick Johnson says:

    My brother just got a new house and I think can use these ideas!

  17. Stephanie Beaver says:

    I turned my dog who passed water bowls into bird baths. It’s more of a memorial garden. The flowers brighten my day just as he did.

  18. Jessica Gipson says:

    I love bird watching. This is super cute. Thank you for the opportunity.