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.
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.
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!
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
- 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
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.
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.)
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.
That’s it, you are done. Hang your bird feeder and watch the birds eat!
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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About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.