57 Free Homemade Bird Feeders That You Can Make – DIY Bird Feeders

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Feeding wild birds is fun and provides us with such an emotional satisfaction, that we can hardly resist.

Having become popularized in the west since the 19th century, bird feeding also offers us many advantages, including the preservation of bird species and agricultural pest control.

Feeding birds is an act of compassion. It is a duty for the kind-hearted, and it is also easy to do.

I have collected the following 57 homemade bird feeders from around the Internet, in the hope that they will inspire you to give back to nature.

If you like these free homemade bird feeder plans, you may also like ones for building a hummingbird feeder, squirrel feeder, chicken feeder, and many more.

Looking for your next project? I have a ton of plans to help you build bird house, dog house, chicken coop, guinea pig cage, rabbit hutch, duck house, cat tree.

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1. DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

If you have pine cones available to you, then all you need is some bird feed, peanut butter or lard, plus a string to hang it. 

You can use a knife to spread the sticky peanut butter on the pine cone, and then roll it in a dish or pan with bird feed. 

The last step is attaching a piece of string the pine cone and hanging it. A really simple and cheap bird feeder.

2. Homemade Stale Bread Bird Feeder

Homemade Stale Bread Bird Feeder

This is a classic peanut butter bird feeder. It is a perfect homemade bird feeder for kids and adults alike. 

All you need is a piece of stale bread, peanut butter, a thread, and of course, some birdseed in a dish. 

You will have to make a hole in the piece of bread and pass your thread through it. Then apply the peanut butter to each side of the bread and douse it in the birdseed.

3. The Gourd Bird Feeder

Gourd Bird Feeder

This bird feeder requires a little more patience and work. You will need to have a gourd in the first place. You will also need a saw or bread knife, and a drill with a fine drill bit. 

The gourd must be dry, else you should leave it in a dry spot for about a month to dry. 

It is ready when it feels light and makes a rattling noise when shaken. This tutorial explains all the steps with plenty of pictures.

4. Paper plate DIY Bird Feeder

Paper plate DIY Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is a great project for kids. It is made up of a paper plate inside a plate holder and hangs from raffia threads. 

The tutorial is presented by Jackie Currie, and it starts with a paper plate first getting smeared with some peanut butter, and then birdseed spread out on it. 

Pictures in this tutorial show you how to drill holes in the paper plate, and how to use cheerios as a decoration and extra snack for the birds.

5. DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

As one of the best bird feeder designs on this list, this one is as much stylish as it is useful. It requires a teacup and saucer, which are glued together, with the bottom of the saucer glued to a dowel. 

The tutorial is short and sweet, and there is only one picture, but it is quite easy to understand the design and to make one by yourself.

6. DIY Lego Bird Feeder

DIY Lego Bird Feeder

Building with Lego blocks and making bird feeders are 2 activities that can keep most families busy and happy, so why not combine the 2 activities? 

This Lego bird feeder was an entry in a Bird Spotter Competition, so it does not actually come with a tutorial on how to build it or any other information.

Lego is a simple system anyway. So anybody who can build things with Lego will surely be able to build a Lego bird feeder of sorts.

7. Milk Jug DIY Bird Feeder

Milk Jug DIY Bird Feeder

All you need to make this bird feeder is a milk jug or any other plastic container of about a gallon in size.

The tutorial is also quite simple. Just trace a circle on either 1 or the 2 sides of the jug, and then proceed to cut the circle with a knife or scissors.

The last step is to put some birdseed in the jug and hang it out in the garden, then sit back and watch out for the birds.

8. Citrus Cup DIY Bird Feeder

Citrus Cup DIY Bird Feeder

This project is very interesting, cool and clever. All you really need to make your bird feeder here is birdseed, a rope, peanut butter, and any citrus fruit.

You will have to eat out the orange or lemon while keeping its halves intact. You then pass 2 ropes through it, and you have a hanging cup.

To make sure that the birdseed stays intact, mix it with some peanut butter before filling your citrus cup bird feeder with it. The tutorial includes lots of pictures, showing you each step.

9. Homemade Paint Can Bird Feeder

Homemade Paint Can Bird Feeder

If you are interested in upcycled bird feeders, then you should try out this design. It uses old paint cans to create amazing bird feeders.

This tutorial is very detailed and it includes lots of pictures. You have to paint the cans, add a perch to it, and tie ribbons for hanging it.

You could also paint the cans any color you like, or use another material to hang them, instead of using a ribbon. 

10. Road Map DIY Birdhouse

Road Map DIY Birdhouse

This project is a bit more advanced and requires more skill and materials to complete. You will have to buy the birdhouse or build one if you can.

Then comes the painting of the birdhouse in your desired color, and later, the decoration with a roadmap.

This DIY guide is quite detailed, and Amanda really adds lots of pictures and explanations to let you know what's going on at each stage.

11. Erin's DIY Ceramic Bird Feeder

Erin's DIY Ceramic Bird Feeder

Erin's ceramic bird feeder is one of the most beautiful bird feeders I have ever seen. She built it for a craft competition and she also won the competition with it.

Showing how her amazing bird feeder was built, Erin uses lots of pictures and a detailed tutorial to give you the skills that you need.

This project requires a power tool and some skill with drilling, but it can make you really proud when you can build and complete it. 

12. DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

The idea is simple, a turned over teacup with birdseed inside it. It is glued onto its saucer, which also acts as a perch for the birds.

You will need super adhesive glue and a gutter hook to make this work. Jody advises to let the glue dry for 24 hours before hanging the bird feeder.

Although there are not many pictures in this DIY, you will understand the idea of how to make this beautiful bird feeder very quickly.

13. DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

DIY Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

This DIY guide shows you how simple it is to use old wine bottles as a bird feeder. You just need to drill holes into them, add a saucer underneath, and hang them out.

Doing this requires a power tool and you need to be really careful because you are drilling into a bottle, which can easily crack if you do it wrong.

Rebecca offers you lots of tips on how to get the job done, and there are enough pictures to make you inspired.

14. Chick Feeder Inspired Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Chick Feeder Inspired Mason Jar Bird Feeder

This tutorial shows you three methods of transforming a normal chick feeder into a bird feeder. It is detailed, and it has lots of pictures.

The problem with this feeder is that its upper side is a glass jar. This makes it difficult to hang because glass is not easy to work with. 

Using 3 different approaches though, Rebbecca solves this problem with the feeder's hanging, by trying out her different ideas.

15. Upcycled Bird Feeder Designs

Upcycled Bird Feeder Designs

This page offers you a listing of many different kinds of bird feeders, which have been built from upcycled materials.

Most of these materials are junk market items and include a brass candle holder, clamshell tray, a trumpet part, and vintage car plates.

There are not guides included here. All you need to know is where to get junk that you can upcycle into a bird feeder.

16. Wooden DIY Window Bird Feeder

Wooden DIY Window Bird Feeder

Ana White presents a very interesting concept here. This DIY window bird feeder is made from wood, looks like a house, and can be easily attached to any glass window.

This one requires that you build the wooden structure using power tools. You will also need to buy wood, suction cups, glue, and nails.

Ana's guide is very detailed and filled with enough images. It also includes other similar designs to get your creative juices flowing.

17. DIY Oven-Baked Clay Bird Feeder

DIY Oven-Baked clay Bird Feeder

This interesting DIY project can provide lots of fun for the whole family because it involves quite a lot of interesting procedures.

You will need to first mold oven bake clay into any shape that you desire, and then bake it until it becomes tough.

The guide is written by Stephanie Gerber, and it includes lots of pictures to let you know how to carry out each step.

18. Beaded Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Beaded Mason Jar Bird Feeder

This beaded mason jar bird feeder guide takes a different approach to making bird feeders using a mason jar and a metal chicken feeder.

The beads wrap around the jar to provide support. They are also beautiful to look at.

Amy Vowles presents this tutorial is an easy to follow manner, including a materials and tools list, plus detailed building steps to follow.

19. DIY Flower Pot Bird Feeder

DIY Flower Pot Bird Feeder

Robin uses a flower pot here to create a nice looking bird feeder. This build requires the use of a drill and an earthen pot with saucers.

The guide leads you through the individual steps. There are also pictures in each step to make things easier to understand.

She also shows you how to soak the earthenware overnight, so that they'll be easier to drill, as well as how to drill nice patterns on them.

20. DIY Upside Down Bird Feeder

DIY Upside Down Bird Feeder

This is one of the most extraordinary homemade bird feeder ideas. Although it looks simple, you have to measure the distance between the bottle and the plastic cup.

You have to fill the birdseed into a bottle, then turn it upside down hanging on a wooden construction. The wood should be about 6 inches wide, one 4 inches long and the other 1 foot.

One good thing about this bird feeder is that once filled up, it will take a long time before needing a refill.

21. Popsicle Stick DIY Bird Feeder

Popsicle Stick DIY Bird Feeder

Tonya builds this popsicle stick feeder during a craft party at her house. It is an interesting recycled bird feeder because it turns waste into something very useful.

The popsicle sticks are used next to each other horizontally to create a base, then also stacked vertically to create the sides.

Pictures show clearly how to glue them together, and how easy it is to create this kind of DIY wooden bird feeder in the first place.

22. Ashlee's DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

Ashlee's DIY Teacup Bird Feeder

This design features a normal teacup on top a saucer, which is suspended by 3 chains. This combination of China and metal chains creates a unique piece of art.

The tutorial shows you every single step with pictures. No drill or power tool is used. Ashlee just used clips to attach the chains to the saucer.

23. The DIY Birdhouse Condo

DIY Birdhouse Condo

This is the ultimate homemade wooden bird feeder. It takes birdhouses and bird feeders to a whole different level.

The Birdhouse Condo combines 6 different birdhouses into one construction. It is also very brightly colored and well painted.

This guide does not have many tutorials, but it does have lots of pictures which will inspire you.

24. Karen's Designer DIY Glass Lampshade Bird Feeder

Karen's Designer DIY Glass Lampshade Bird Feeder

Yes, this project qualifies as a designer bird feeder. The idea is so stylish that it doesn't look like a DIY project at all.

It also looks so simple at first, looking as though it might fall if a bird climbs into it, but Karen explains how to make it secure.

There are plenty of pictures, so many actually, that you can just look at them and know what to do to build your own. 

25. DIY Flowerpot Bird Feeder

DIY Flowerpot Bird Feeder

This is another flowerpot feeder made from earthenware. You will also need drill bits to create holes in it, as well as 2 saucers.

This one uses an orchid pot, which already has holes drilled into it. If you have such a pot, then that's less work for you.

26. Artistic DIY Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

Artistic DIY Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is quite a creative project. You will need to use your imagination in order to create this lovely design.

It is made from plastic and uses earth colors to create a mud hut with a thatched roof. As much as this bird feeder helps to feed birds, it is also a beautiful work of art that any builder should be proud of.

27. Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeder

This pine cone feeder is made a little different from the previous one in this list. Here, you mix the peanut butter with birdseed and Wheat Chex first, then spread the mixture onto a pine cone.

Next step is to hang them outside, using a thread you previously tied to the cone. The guide is so simple and easy to follow, with all its nice pictures.

28. Upcycled DIY Plastic Jug Feeder

Upcycled DIY Plastic Jug Feeder

This DIY design simply cuts a plastic jug open on all sides, and then uses duct tape around the cut marks, so that sharp edges may not harm the birds.

You then make a hole in the jug's cover, run a thread through it and hang it. The tutorial is simple and straight to the point, but very well written and explained.

29. Soda Bottle & Wooden Spoon Bird Feeder

Soda Bottle & Wooden Spoon Bird Feeder

Here we have a very nice idea, but which needs more work. It will take you a lot of trials before you can stop wasting birdseed using this design.

The birdseed in the lower part of the soda bottle is also wasted because there is no way for the birds to get to it.

This bird feeder could use a redesign, but it was made for earth day though, so its faults don't matter that much.

30. DIY Butterfly Bird Feeder

DIY Butterfly Bird Feeder

Many bird feeder guides in this tutorial use peanut butter or lard to keep the birdseed together in one shape, this guide, on the other hand, uses gelatin.

You will have to dissolve the gelatin in a cup of water and heat it, then mix in the birdseed and form it into a cookie cutter shape.

Before the shape hardens, stick a straw into the birdseed. This allows you to have a hole through which you can pass a ribbon to hang your bird feeder.

31. Colorful DIY Tin Can Bird Feeder

Colorful DIY Tin Can Bird Feeder

This is another bird feeder the whole family can make. You will need tin cans, spray paint, foam flowers, beads and thick twine.

The guide is easy to follow. It uses a step by step guide to teach you the necessary steps to get the job done. The pictures are also clear and very useful.

32. Recycled DIY Paper Heart Bird Feeder

Recycled DIY Paper Heart Bird Feeder

This is a cheap and easy to create bird feeder. All you require for it are some old newspapers, peanut butter, and birdseed.

The tutorial teaches you how to recycle the newspapers and turn them into a heart shape, upon which you will build your bird feeder.

Peanut butter and birdseed then come on top. The tutorial is a step by step guide and it includes useful pictures.

33. Homemade Plate and Knife Bird Feeder

Homemade Plate and Knife Bird Feeder

If you love artistic designs, then this one might be for you. It goes beyond bird feeding and is a great decoration for your home.

You will need a plate, knives, wire and a drill. The 4-step guide will take you through the process, and the pictures will offer visual inspiration to also add a unique touch.

This one is pure art, though it might take some time to make, you will surely be proud of yourself in the end.

34. Crafty DIY Tin Bird Feeder

Crafty DIY Tin Bird Feeder

This is surely not a DIY bird feeder for kids. It requires an Aluminum pie plate plus skills in using power tools.

The tutorial is delivered in 4 steps and a picture lets you know what to build. This is a job for someone who loves metal, crafts and drill work, as it is a bit complicated.

If you are a kid and you decide to build this, then make sure you are supervised by an adult.

35. DIY Muffin Tin Bird Feeder

DIY Muffin Tin Bird Feeder

This is another project for lovers of crafts projects. You will use a muffin tin, a pan or a lid, jack chain and some key rings to create a bird feeder.

You will need a drill, a hammer, and some skill in using them. The tutorial shows you all the necessary steps and explains each step of the way.

In fact, you are free to explore your own options using this guide.

36. Colorful Beaded Homemade Bird Feeder

Colorful Beaded Homemade Bird Feeder

This project was done by the little Charli, who is also very proud of her creation. She is an inspiration to all young kids who love birds and also love to build things by themselves.

You will need beads for the hanging strings, an embroidery hoop, and a mesh screen.

This project is so easy to build that a simple look at the picture lets you know what to do, though it comes with a 4-step guide.

37. DIY Hummingbird Feeder

DIY Hummingbird Feeder

This cheap bird feeder is designed to look like a flower, and to attract hummingbirds who want to suck nectar from it.

There is no birdseed here, rather the glass jar is filled with sugar water, and then designed to look like a flower, and that's it.

The tutorial lists all the materials that you will need, plus a 6-step guide on how to build this lovely hummingbird feeder.

38. Glass & Copper Homemade Hummingbird Feeder

Glass & Copper Homemade Hummingbird Feeder

This hummingbird feeder provides a different approach. It uses a special hummingbird feeding tube, which can be bought at most bird supply shops.

You will also use copper wire to create a hanger for the bottle, which you will fill with sugar water. The rest of the decoration is up to you.

The tutorial provides pictures and a detailed step by step guide, inspiring you to build something similar or better.

39. Homemade Cup and Saucer Bird Feeder

Homemade Cup and Saucer Bird Feeder

This homemade cup and saucer bird feeder guide shows you how to turn an old teacup and a saucer into a beautiful work of art.

The guide takes you through 9 steps, explaining each individual step needed to get the job done.

You will need a hammer, a drill with tile drill bits, pliers and galvanized wire to create the artistic frame.

40. DIY Wooden Multi-Bird Feeder

DIY Wooden Multi-Bird Feeder

One great advantage of this bird feeder is that it is sturdy, and so, it can support a wide range of birds, including heavier ones.

It is built using 4 pieces of rough cedar. You will also need nails, a drill, hammer, screws, glue and other tools.

This guide will show you how to build this bird feeder in 5 steps. It includes a list of all needed materials, plus a detailed diagram of how to build the box.

41. Wooden Porch Swing DIY Bird Feeder

Wooden Porch Swing DIY Bird Feeder

This is a nice and funny bird feeder. It looks like a normal porch swing, but then, it is much smaller, though it is sturdy.

The tutorial includes a list of all the materials you will need to build this. It also includes a photo of the porch swing feeder.

This is no simple task. You need woodworking skills in order to build it.

42. Homemade Bluebirds Feeder

Homemade Bluebirds Feeder

The best way to attract bluebirds is by offering them worms. This DIY project shows you a simple way to build a bluebird feeder.

This simple feeder design uses a tuna can with wire and fills it up with worms. You will need pliers and a drill to get the job done though.

You are also allowed to add decorations to this feeder, in order to make it more lovely.

43. Berry Wreath DIY Bird Feeder

Berry Wreath DIY Bird Feeder

If you love hanging wreaths, then this bird feeder project might be for you. You simply combine grapevine wreaths with fresh berries, and you are good to go.

By hanging your wreaths, you will be decorating your garden, as well as providing food for the birds around you.

This tutorial lists everything you need and also provides tips, which will help you get the job done.

44. Leather & Glass Jar Bird Feeder

Leather & Glass Jar Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is a very simple but clever construction. Using a mason jar as the feeder, it is then suspended by a leather belt.

A stick is also included, which works as a perch for the birds. This tutorial is detailed with plenty of pictures showing each step of the process.

If you've been wanting to make your own bird feeder using a mason jar, then this guide might be worth looking into.

45. Homemade Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Homemade Milk Carton Bird Feeder

This DIY guide will take a simple milk carton, add some paint and some sticks, and you have a beautiful birdhouse feeder.

The choice of color is yours, You just have to cut open a door for the birds to get in, put some birdseed inside, and then hang the feeder using a rope.

46. DIY Acorn Bird Feeder

DIY Acorn Bird Feeder

Called the acorn bird feeder, this one is designed to look like an acorn, and yet provide a perch and nutritious food for birds.

It includes a wooden bowl, which acts as the acorn's top, making it look cool and protecting it from the rain.

There are 7 steps in this guide. They detail how to mold the birdseed into an acorn shape using gelatin, and how to add the rest of the accessories.

47. Fun Bug-Shaped Bird Feeder

Fun Bug-Shaped Bird Feeder

This project takes just a few hours to build and it can be done by builders of all skill levels, including kids.

The tutorial lists all the materials you need, as well as a tools list. It is also a cheap bird feeder to build.

There are 7 steps in the tutorial, starting from the preparation of the paint cans, and ending with the insertion of the bug's wings.

48. Homemade Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

Homemade Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder

This is another take on using gelatin and cookie cutters to create bird feeders. You can make as much as you can, using different shapes.

The tutorial guides you through the process. You will need water and unflavored gelatin to create the mold, then a ribbon to hang it. The tutorial also includes lots of nice pictures.

49. Milk Carton Window Bird Feeder

Milk Carton Window Bird Feeder

Emma, a young girl, built this one all by herself. You cut a milk carton into shape, then add a suction cup and that's it.

This guide lists all the things that you need, which are basically a pair of scissors, a milk carton, and birdseed.

It is the perfect preschool bird feeder, but more work will need to be done on it though if it has to survive moist weather.

50. Kate's Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder

Kate's Recycled Bottle Bird Feeder

Kate makes this unique bird feeder out of a liter bottle and some supplies from a crafts store. These include spray paint, standard ball jar lids and an eye hook.

You will also need a drill to make some holes, plus a scissors and pliers. The end result though, is an amazing and cool looking plastic bird feeder.

This tutorial is great for anyone who wants to learn how to make a bird feeder using standard tools.

51. Beautiful Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

Beautiful Wine Bottle Bird Feeder

This bird feeder requires some skill in woodwork. You will need to build a shelter for the wine bottle, and then turn the bottle upside down.

This work needs a high level of accuracy because the bottle can neither be too high up nor too low.

This guide teaches you more about getting this right and includes a materials list and pictures.

52. The DIY Carton Robot Bird Feeder

DIY Carton Robot Bird Feeder

Jaime is a fun mom who made this funny bird feeder. She used a juice box covered in blue paper to create it.

Buttons and a cut on the lower side of the box give it a robot's face.

This bird feeder is easy and cheap to make. Jaime uses lots of pictures and explanations to help explain how to get the robot bird feeder built.

53. DIY Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

DIY Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders

This is a different style of making bird feeders using birdseed, water, flour and corn syrup. These ingredients are mixed together, before being molded in the cookie cutters.

Like most other cookie cutter tutorials, you will also use a straw to create a hole in this one.

The tutorial includes a list of all the needed materials, plus it presents the direction in an easy to understand manner.

54. Homemade Suet Balls Bird Feeder

Homemade Suet Balls Bird Feeder

This DIY tutorial leaves out peanut butter and lard to use beef suet in making bird feeder balls, which are then stacked together.

The process is very simple, as you will see from this guide. You just have to mix the shredded suet with your birdseed, pour in some water, and roll some into balls.

Beef suet melts at a low temperature, so the heat from your hands is enough to make the balls stick together.

55. High-Quality Wooden Bird Feeder

High-Quality Wooden Bird Feeder

This bird feeder is for experienced woodworkers who want to build something both good and beautiful. You will need professional tools for this one.

The tutorial lists everything you need including materials and tools. It even includes a cut list.

The steps are plenty. There are 14 steps for the preparation, 7 steps for the building stage, and 4 more steps for the finish and install.

56. Homemade Box Platform Bird Feeder

Homemade Box Platform Bird Feeder

This is a simple wooden box bird feeder with a mesh bottom, hanging on chains. The guide is very detailed and includes lots of pictures.

You will need some wood, a drill and glue to get building. You can also decide to paint the box or add perches onto it.

57. Winter Bird Feeder Ideas

Winter Bird Feeder Ideas

There are 3 tutorials here. One is for a frozen ornaments, while a second is for a sculpture, and the third for an ice bowl. 

All 3 tutorials require that you make them only in winter though. This is because you use the cold of the environment to hold them together. 

Making these bird feeders is as simple as pouring birdseed into a cup of water and allowing it to freeze overnight.

Phew! 57 bird feeders.

You should be hopefully building something already right now, or getting ready to. Feel free to share this list though and to pin whatever you wish.

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