5 Super Easy DIY Bird Feeders!

Published: 03/11/2017

A bird feeder is a great way to get up-close and personal with nature. They attract more wildlife to your garden and help birds at a time when their food source is scarce. We've found some easy bird feeders you can make yourself. They're the perfect autumn/winter activity for the whole family! And they're so simple, too!

Ice Cream Cone Feeder


This feeder from Dereila Nature Inn is as easy as 1, 2, 3! What you'll need:

  • Ice cream cone
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Creamy peanut butter
  • Assorted birdseed
  1. Poke a hole in the pointed end of the cone. Knot the pipe cleaner and thread it through the cone, with the knot securing the pipe cleaner in place.
  2. Cover the cone with peanut butter.
  3. Cover the peanut butter with birdseed!

Voila! Now, all you have to do is hang it somewhere and wait until some feathered friends venture out for a snack.Image credit: Dereila Nature Inn Image credit: Dereila Nature Inn

Pine cone Feeders

Pine cone feeders are as simple as ice cream cone feeders, and look less out of place in nature. What you'll need:

  • Pine cones
  • Peanut butter/lard
  • Birdseed
  • String

Simply spread some pine cones with peanut butter or lard and add birdseed! This one comes from Dragonfly Blue Craft.Image Credit: Dragonfly Blue Craft Image Credit: Dragonfly Blue Craft

Cheerio Bird Feeder

Image credit: Happy Hooligans Image credit: Happy Hooligans

This one is great for getting the kids involved! This idea comes from Happy Hooligans. What you'll need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cheerios
  • Yarn/ribbon

Thread Cheerios onto three pipe cleaners. Leave enough space at the end to connect two into a circle, with one running across the middle as a perch. Then just attach some yarn or ribbon and hang from a branch!

Image credit: Happy Hooligans Image credit: Happy Hooligans

Lego Bird Feeder

This bright and colourful project is perfect for budding architects, or anyone who loves Lego!

Image credit: Fun Crafts Kids Image credit: Fun Crafts Kids

This image was found on a Bird Spotter Competition on Facebook. Gary won the competition, and inspired many people! This is a great way to add a personal touch to your garden. What you'll need:

  • Lego
  • Birdseed
  • Creativity!

Plastic Bottle Bird Feeder

This one is an ideal recycling project. Give a water bottle a new life as a bird feeder!

Image credit: Savvy House Keeping Image credit: Savvy House Keeping

What you'll need:

  • Plastic bottle
  • Wooden spoons
  • Scissors
  • Birdseed

Safely cut the water bottle to create holes for spoons to go through at different angles. The spoons make a great perch and feeding station! Fill the water bottle with birdseed, and hang! You can use an eye screw and string as in the photo, or simply tie a knot around the bottleneck. Which bird feeder is your favourite? Will you be trying one with your family? Tell us your ideas and thoughts in the comments! We'd love to see photos of the finished project - Tweet us @TigerSheds, or tag us on Instagram #TigerSheds! Stay Social. If you're looking for ways to encourage more animal sightings, check out our blog post How to Get More Wildlife Into Your Garden.

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