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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. 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.

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

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

  4. Jenn Turner says:

    Looks like a fun project to do with my little kids

  5. 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.

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. Angel Shearl says:

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

  8. 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.

  9. SARAH RAINWATER says:

    I love this!

  10. jaime lynn says:

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

  11. Patty Hancock says:

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

  12. Lisa strat says:

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

  13. Dawn Waddington says:

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

  14. Nikki bankert says:

    I can’t wait to try and make one.

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

  16. 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..

  17. Gina Lopez says:

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

  18. 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!

  19. Tracie Duffield says:

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

    Bless…

  20. Angela Nichols says:

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