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How To Make a Bird Seed Catcher for Your Bird Feeder (and save money at the same time)

Bird feeders can attract the prettiest birds,  but the problem is all the mess and weeds that you get from the birdseed! Learn how to make a birdseed catcher to keep the ground under your bird feeder weed and mess-free.

(This post is sponsored by Ibotta, all opinions are my own)

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How To Make a Bird Seed Catcher for Your Bird Feeder

Didn’t winter this year seem like it was never going to end? (We even lost a significant amount of our new landscape/plants due to a very late deep freeze – ugh!) But end, it did and it seems like we skipped spring all together!

We’ve spent the last couple of months getting settled in our new home, and have been hitting all the landscape projects hard.  We’ve gotten several large mulch beds done and next week we have 30 yards of river rock getting delivered for the areas where there is a lot of water run off.

Another “secret project” Hubby and I are working on is that we are on a mission to start luring some of the colorful birds from our neighbor’s bird feeders over to ours! (Shhh…, don’t tell, lol)

We’re planning to add a small butterfly/bird garden, a new water fountain and a couple of bird feeders to an area just outside my bedroom window.  We’ve been so busy with all the hardscape areas, we haven’t gotten to the flower planting yet, but the bird feeder is already up and hubby will be working on my fountain this weekend. (similar to this one, but 3 tiered.)

How to Save Cash on your DIY / Home Improvement Purchases

The one thing about moving into a new home is we make trips to the hardware store on a practically every other day basis.

Not only for landscaping type purchases but everyday items you take for granted, like shower curtain rods, screws, nails, hooks for closets, cabinet pulls, trash cans, touch up paints, organizational supplies… The list goes on.

The good news is I have an additional way to save and earn cashback on all my home-related purchases.

I’ve shared before my love of using the Ibotta App on my phone to save money when I shop.  If you’re unfamiliar with the Ibotta app,  it’s a shopping app that helps you earn cashback on hundreds of brands and retailers, both in-store and online. Ibotta is 100% free to download and use on mobile devices and new shoppers can receive up to $20 in welcome bonuses.

I always try to use Ibotta to save on my online purchases. But, before today, it was difficult to save when shopping in-store. The good news is, Ibotta finally came up with a easy way to use the app when shopping in person at the actual store. It’s called Pay with Ibotta. 

Just link a credit card to your Ibotta profile, you’ll be able to pay straight from the Ibotta app and get instant cashback on your entire purchase at participating retailers.

In today’s case, hubby and I decided to hit up Lowes on our way home from date night.  (Exciting I know, but anytime shopping without kids is fun to me.) 

I opened my Ibotta app, entered the total amount and the app created a scannable gift card, which the cashier scanned and used as payment on my purchase.

Easy as that and I instantly had 3% credited to my app!

How to Keep the Bird Feeder Area Weed Free

We absolutely love bird watching in our backyard, but the only downside to bird feeders is the mess the birds make and the weeds that germinate from the seed.

We got tired of pulling the weeds from under the bird feeder so my hubby got creative at our last house and came up with a fabulous solution to the bird seed/weed/mess under the feeder.

In our case, we have two feeders for two different types of seeds. We use the black sunflower seeds, which don’t germinate (for the cardinals) and a smaller yellow seed for other colorful songbirds.

All the birds love this yellow seed mix, but it is the messy one and these seeds do germinate and grow like crazy. To keep the area under the feeder with the yellow seed clean, Hubby used a large water heater pan, painted it to match the ground cover and placed it under the messy feeder to catch all the spilled seed.

You can see the bird seed catcher in action in the background of this photo full of discarded seeds and most importantly…  NO WEEDS growing in our flower bed!

How to Make a Bird Seed Catcher:

Materials needed 

  • Large pan (water heater pan works great, the bigger the better.)
  • Spray paint to match your ground cover
  • Shepherds hook/bird feeder holder
  • Drill
  • Bird feeders / seed

Project instructions:

Paint top and sides of pan.  Let dry completely.

Using the bottom prongs of the bird feeder as a guide, and mark the spot where the prongs need to penetrate the pan.

Drill holes through the marked spots.

How to Make a Bird Seed Catcher:

Put pan in place and push bird feeder stand into the ground. (BTW, isn’t that grass gorgeous? We had it installed last month. It’s a new Bermuda product that comes pre-seeded with Winter Rye.)

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Back fill the pan with ground material.

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Set up your feeders and you’re done!

Now it’s your turn! Do you have any tips to share on keeping the area under your bird feeder weed free? Sound off in the comments below!

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